Pacific set for NCAA Tourney First Round

Pacific set for NCAA Tourney First Round

Pacific men's soccer (11-4-2, 5-2-0 WCC) hosts the Big West Champs UC Riverside (7-9-3, 4-2-1 Big West) on Thursday night at Knoles Field in the NCAA Tournament First Round matchup. The Tigers defeated Riverside earlier this year, 3-1, in a match on Sept. 6. Riverside got into the Tournament by winning a Big West semi-final match, 3-2 over Cal State Fullerton and knocking off UC Davis in the Big West Championship on penalty kicks.

MATCHDAY INFO...

UC Riverside vs. Pacific | Thursday, November 15 | 7:00 p.m. PST

Weather: 53 degrees at kick off. Partly Cloudy. 

Links: Live Video | Live Stats | Digital Program

Ticketing info: Tickets can be purchased the day of the game at the main entrance to Knoles Field. Adults: $8 | Seniors (Ages 62+) $5 | Pacific Students: free with valid student ID. | All other students: $5

Promotions: 100 Rally Towels for the first 100 students. Provided by the Department of Student Life. Free Pizza for students provided by Roundtable Pizza (while supplies last). Free soft drinks for students provided by San Joaquin County Supervisor Miguel Villapudua (while supplies last)


GAME NOTES

Last time out...

  • Pacific closed out the regular season with a win over Gonzaga, 1-0 on a frozen field in Spokane.
  • Senior midfielder Camden Riley scored the game-winning goals for his fifth goal in sixth games. He picked up WCC Player of the Week honors for his efforts.

Racking up awards...

Pacific men's soccer hauled in a total of nine postseason awards from the West Coast Conference.  They were...

WCC Player of the Year

WCC Defensive Player of the Year

All-WCC First Team

All-WCC Second Team

All-WCC Honorable Mention

All-WCC Freshman Team

Postseason pedigree...

  • Men's soccer has only been back at Pacific for five years, but the Tigers have reached the postseason for three-straight years.
  • The Tigers have also hosted in the first round for the three straight seasons winning both of those matches so far.

Nationally ranked...

(top-50 in NCAA)

  • The Tigers are 28th in the nation in assists per game with 1.82 per and 34th in the nation in total assists with 31.
  • Pacific is 42nd in the nation in scoring offense at 1.71 goals per game and 35th in points per game at 5.24.
  • Pacific's win-loss-tie percentage is the 29th highest in the nation at .688.
  • The Tigers are 47th in the nation in total points with 29.
  • Junior Jonathan Jimenez and senior Camden Riley are 25th in the NCAA in game-winning goals with 3.
  • Camden Riley is 45th in the nation in goals per game at 0.53. He is also 47th in the nation in points per game at 1.35 per.
  • Riley is 46th in the nation in goals with nine on the year and 47th in points with 23.

Record Watch...

  • Riley is now Pacific's all-time leader in points with 46. He surpassed Tristan Blackmon, who was the MLS' third overall draft pick in 2018.
  • Riley has now scored 19 goals, which passed Blackmon for the all-time lead at Pacific.
  • He has eight career assists, good for third in the modern era, one behind Blackmon and four behind Andres Ochoa.
  • Riley has 23 points on the season, a new single-season record for the Tigers. Jimenez has 21 points this year, which is tied for second in points at Pacific.
  • Riley is tied with Julio Cervantes for the single-season lead in goals at Pacific with 9. Jimenez is tied for second with 8.
  • Jimenez and Riley have tied the record in the single-season record in the modern era for game-winning goals with three.
  • Jimenez and Riley are tied for the single-season record in assists with six.
  • Anthony Orendain is tied for sixth on the single-season list in assists with three.
  • Mateo Gomez is third in the modern era in shutouts with five. He is two from tying Curtis Goldsmith's record of 7.

Free soccer...

  • Pacific has played in five overtimes this season.
  • The Tigers are 3-0-2 in overtime matches with wins over Cal, who was #14 at the time, UAB and Santa Clara. Pacific tied Western Michigan and Sacramento State.

Knoles Fortress...

  • In Pacific's two NCAA Tournament games at Knoles, the Tigers are yet to lose.
  • The Tigers are 8-1-1 this year at home and rank 44th in the nation in total attendance.
  • Pacific has had no shortage of success on their home pitch in the last two seasons. The Tigers went 7-0 at home in 2017 and 6-2-1 in 2016. 
  • In 2014, during Pacific's first season, the Tigers finished the year in the top-45 in attendance in the NCAA.
  • Pacific's home winning percentage of .812 from 2016 to 2017 is the best in the WCC in that stretch.

Program win...

On September 20, the Tigers defeated the three-time defending National Champions Stanford in Palo Alto, 1-0.

It was...

  • Pacific's first win over the Cardinal.
  • Stanford's first loss in nearly a year (362 days).
  • The end of Stanford's program-record 21-match win streak.
  • Stanford's first loss at home in more than a year (376 days).