For the third-straight week, a player from the Pacific men's soccer team picked up the West Coast Conference's Player of the Week, this time the honor went to junior forward Jonathan Jimenez who helped the Tigers to an upset victory over the 11th ranked Portland Pilots on Saturday.
Jimenez scored all three goals in the match for the first hat trick of his career. The three goals came within 3 minutes and 12 seconds of each other. Jimenez picked up a yellow card in the first half and after being subbed out, did not re-enter the game until the 57th minute. Minutes after coming on, he scored his first goal in the 64th minute after flowing attacking movement from the Tigers set up freshman Jose Angel Reyes to find him with a cross that Jimenez headed into the net to tie the game at 1-1. In the 65th minute, senior Camden Riley found him with a long ball in space, Jimenez picked his spot and beat the Portland keeper to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead. In the 66th minute, junior Anthony Orendain crossed into the box for Jimenez who headed in his third goal on three-straight attempts.
The goals moved Jimenez to eight on the season, tying him for the team lead with Camden Riley. Additionally, Jimenez's three goals and six points in the match were the most since Pacific brought the program back in 2014. The previous record holder was Tristan Blackmon, the third overall selection in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft to Los Angeles Football Club. He also tied the single-season record in the modern era for points in a season on Saturday night with 21.
Two Tigers have won a total of four Player of the Week honors from the WCC this season. This is Jimenez's second honor of the year, he was named Player of the Week on Sept. 24 after he scored two goals and assisted on two more in Pacific's two wins against Stanford and UC Irvine on the week. Riley picked up the title in the previous two weeks while he was on a four-match scoring streak.
Saint Mary's leads the way this year with five WCC Player of the Week honors this season, but the Tigers are catching the Gaels with four. Additionally, this is the first time that any WCC men's soccer program has won three-straight Player of the Week honors since 2014 when San Diego did it on Oct. 20, Nov. 3 and Nov. 10. Pacific's four Player of the Week honors this season is the most since the program returned in 2014. The previous single-season best was two.