Pacific Women's Soccer Faces No. 20 San Diego, USC At USD Tournament
Stockton, Calif. – The Pacific women's soccer team visits San Diego to face the No. 20 Toreros and the Trojans of Southern Cal at the USD Tournament this weekend. Pacific meets host USD on Friday at 7:30 and faces USC on Sunday at 2 p.m.
"Overall, we feel pretty good about going into the second week of the season," head coach Keith Coleman said. "We've got two really tough games, but we're looking forward to the challenge. We've got to keep scoring goals. We're still trying to work out a few little kinks here and there, but we've been able to put the ball in the net and we need to keep doing that."
Pacific faces its second-straight ranked opponent after falling Sunday at No. Stanford, last year's NCAA runner up. The Tigers became just the second team in the last 42 matches to score multiple goals against the Cardinal, joining North Carolina as the only other team to tally a pair of goals as seniors Alex Topp and Kristina Wavomba finished for Pacific in a 5-2 loss.
The trip will be a homecoming for four Tigers from the San Diego area, Topp (San Diego/Rancho Bernardo High School), Wavomba (Encinitas, Calif.,/San Dieguito Academy), senior Laura Hogan (Poway, Calif. / Poway HS) and sophomore Brittni Beeman (San Diego, Calif. / Rancho Buena Vista HS).
"The girls are excited to get back to San Diego," Coleman continued. "Especially with the University of San Diego team, there's several players that played against each other in high school or club, and they're excited to renew some of those rivalries or see old friends they played with. "
"I'm really excited, I know we're going to have a lot of people in the crowd," Topp said. "I know a lot of people are excited to come out and watch us play down there, and hopefully get an upset over a ranked team. The mission's always to win. We've been scoring goals, so hopefully we just play well like we did this past weekend and come out with two wins."
"It's definitely nice to go home," added Beeman. "A lot of my club is on USD, so I know them pretty well. I know how a lot of them play, so it should be a good game. It'll be good to see everyone, but we're going down there to win."
The Tigers, which faced six ranked opponents last season, look to get back into the win column on Friday at 7:30 p.m. against host San Diego. The Toreros, which opened the season with wins over Missouri and then-No. 25 USC, sit at No. 20 in the latest Soccer America Top 25 poll and check in at No. 21 in the Soccer Times and No. 22 in the NSCAA Top 25.
USC is receiving votes in the top 25 polls after opening the season with losses to USD and Big West foe Long Beach State.