Men's Soccer To Host NCAA First Round Game Thursday

Men's Soccer To Host NCAA First Round Game Thursday

STOCKTON, Calif. - The Pacific men's soccer team returns to the NCAA Tournament this week as the Tigers will host for the first time in program history. Pacific will face Cal State Fullerton in the first round this Thursday, Nov. 16th.

The winner of the Tigers-Titans game will draw No. 9 overall seed Stanford in the second round.

It is the second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance for the Tigers after they reached the postseason last season following a historic year. This season the Orange and Black went 12-4-1 including 4-2-1 in the West Coast Conference and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Last season, Pacific defeated Big West champion Cal State Northridge in the first round, 1-0, before advancing to face Stanford in the second round.

Pacific joins San Francisco, who earned the automatic bid, as the West Coast Conference's representatives in the NCAA men's soccer tournament.

The 48-team single elimination tournament kicks off this Thursday all around the country with host sites determined by seeding and record. The four-team College Cup finals will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at Talen Energy Stadium.

Cal State Fullerton (10-7-4) are winners of the Big West Title and will be making their 13th trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers are 1-1 all-time against the Titans, and most recently defeated Cal State Fullerton 2-0 in 2016.

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