Pacific Women's Soccer Faces No. 2 Stanford Sunday
Stockton, Calif. – The Pacific women's soccer team tangles with the No. 2 ranked Stanford Cardinal on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Palo Alto. The Tigers, who won their season opener Friday against Nevada, 3-0, meet a Cardinal team which tallied a 4-0 win over Penn State in its opener.
"We feel like we have the opportunity to go and play a great game there," head coach Keith Coleman said. "They are an excellent team, loaded with talent, but we feel we have quite a bit of talent as well. So we have an opportunity to go in and maybe surprise them a little bit."
The Tigers will need its offense from the second half against Nevada if they hope to pull the upset at Stanford. Pacific exploded for three goals in just under 10 minutes in the second half of Friday's win at Nevada.
After sophomore Renae McFadden opened the scoring on a restart, senior Kristina Wavomba added a goal off another restart just over eight minutes later. Within the next 1:18, the Tigers capped the scoring with a third goal off a set piece, this time on a header by senior Laura Hogan as the Tigers opened the season with a victory.
It was Hogan who tallied both goals against the Cardinal in a 2-1 win in Palo Alto in the spring season back in April. But while the exhibition win may give the Tigers confidence entering the match – as opposed to Stanford's 4-0 victory last fall – the Tigers know they will have their work cut out for them against the defending national runner up.
"Regardless of a spring result, they're number two in the county," Coleman said. "We can't focus on what we did in the spring, we have to focus on what we can do tomorrow."