Tigers announce spring exhibition games

Tigers announce spring exhibition games

After a run to their third-straight NCAA Tournament Second Round match in the fall, preparation is already underway for the Tigers 2019 season a potential run at a fourth-straight NCAA appearance.

The Tigers have already been practicing as a team for weeks, and get going this weekend with their first of a series of exhibition games this spring, with the first taking place this Saturday against Notre Dame de Namur at 7 p.m.

20 of the 24 players that contributed to Pacific's NCAA Tournament run last year return for this year, but the four players that left leave big spots in the team to fill. Two midfielders will need to be replaced in Alfredo Alcala and Camden Riley, who was drafted by Sporting Kansas City in January. Also departed are two staples of Pacific's defensive line in Wouter Verstraaten and Bob Groenendijk.

Pacific's returning players can take steps into knowing who will fill those positions this spring with the Tigers' four games, the first of which comes this Saturday at 7 p.m. against Notre Dame de Namur, a Division II side from Belmont. The Argonauts went 6-10-2 in the fall.

The Tigers will take what they learn about their team against Notre Dame de Namur and go into a two-week long period of training before hosting Cal on April 6 at 7 p.m. The Golden Bears went 7-9-2 last season which included a 2-1 lost to Pacific at Knoles field in the early portion of the season.

April 13th will be the Tigers' annual Alumni Game in which members of the Pacific's former teams will return to play on Knoles Field in a contest that honors the already successful program that they helped build into a national tournament contender in just five short seasons.

Pacific closes out the spring season on April 20th against Chico State in a 2 p.m. game. The Wildcats put together a 13-6-1 season in 2018 on the way to selection in the Division II NCAA Tournament. Chico State bowed out in the first round in a loss to Cal State Los Angeles in the First Round.

The first chance to catch the Tigers this spring comes at Knoles Field against Notre Dame de Namur the Saturday at 7 p.m. Admission is free to all men's and women's soccer games at Knoles Field.