Tigers set for homecoming tilt with Broncos

Tigers set for homecoming tilt with Broncos

The Tigers (6-3-2, 0-1-0 WCC) are back at Knoles Field this weekend in search of a win on homecoming against Santa Clara (4-6-1, 0-1-0 WCC).

MATCHDAY INFO...

Santa Clara at Pacific | Saturday, October 13 | 6:30 p.m. PST

Weather: High of 86, low of 51. Clear skies. 

Venue: Knoles Field

Links: Live Video | Live Stats

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Last time out...

  • Last Sunday, the Tigers lost to #9 Saint Mary's 4-0 at home.
  • The loss was Pacific's first in six games, a streak that dated back to 9/3.
  • If the Tigers can avoid defeat this weekend, Pacific will continue its streak of two seasons without back-to-back loses. That streak dates back to September 1, 2016.

What's left...

  • The Tigers have six games left in the season, all of which come against WCC opponents.
  • Still on the schedule are Portland and San Francisco. Portland is currently the #7 team in the nation and USF are the defending Conference Champions. The Dons were also ranked in the top-25 for two-straight weeks this season. 
  • Luckily for Pacific, the Tigers get both San Francisco and Portland at home.
  • Pacific closes the season out on 11/10 at Gonzaga.

Tiger Transfer...

Junior forward Jonathan Jimenez transferred to Pacific from Seton Hall prior to the start of the season and has made a huge impact.

  • He leads the team in points with 11.
  • He's tied for the team lead in goals with four and is tied for the lead in assists with four.
  • He is also tied for the team lead in game-winning goals with two. He had one against San Jose State and another against Stanford.
  • In the Tigers last seven matches, Jimenez has four goals, three assists and 11 points.
  • On September 24, he was named as the WCC's player of the week for scoring two goals and earning two assists in two matches.

Nationally ranked...

(top-50 in NCAA)

  • Pacific's win-loss-tie percentage is the 46th highest in the nation at .636.

Knoles Fortress...

  • The Tigers are 4-1-1 this year at home and rank 54th 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).

Rising program...

  • Men's soccer at Pacific was brought back in 2014 after a 29-year-hiatus.
  • After going just 4-30-1 in the first two seasons, the Tigers have climbed to national prominence by going 26-8-4 in the previous two seasons. Pacific reached the NCAA Tournament Second Round in both seasons.

Preseason Accolades...

  • As a team, the Tigers were picked to finish first in the WCC and received votes in the opening poll of the 2018 season.
  • Senior Wouter Verstraaten was selected to the Topdrawersoccer.com Preseason Best XI First Team.
  • Three players, Tariq Branche, Wouter Verstraaten and Camden Riley were selected to the All-WCC Preseason Team.

Top-25 program...

  • With the Tigers inclusion in week one's United Soccer Coaches Poll at No. 17, this makes it two-straight seasons that the Tigers have earned a national ranking.
  • In 2017, the Tigers climbed as high as 14th in the nation.

Scouting Santa Clara...

(4-6-1, streak: L1)

  • Broncos are coming off of a tough 2-1 loss at home against Loyola Marymount, who entered WCC play at 3-7-0.
  • Santa Clara and Pacific have played two like opponents this year in UAB and California. The Tigers and Broncos both beat Cal. Santa Clara lost to UAB 2-1 in double overtime. The Tigers beat UAB 2-1 in overtime.
  • The Broncos are tied for the team lead in goal with three, they are Alan Camacho Soto, Andres Jimenez and Javier Ruiz Duran.
  • Duran is also the team's leader in assists with four and points leader with 10.
  • Two keepers have split time this year for SCU and both have made five starts. Dakota Havlick started the first five games, but hasn't played since 9/15. Since, Henning Jolivet has made every start. He is 3-1-1 with a shutout and a 1.52 goals against average with a .692 save percentage.