Pacific Women's Soccer Set To Play Host To UNLV, Bakersfield This Weekend
Stockton, Calif. - After four straight road matches, the Pacific women's soccer team returns home to Stagg Memorial Stadium for a pair of games this weekend against UNLV (Friday, 7 p.m.) and CSU Bakersfield (Sunday, Noon.)
Coming off a dominating win at Sacramento State, the Tigers look to gain momentum as non-conference play continues. Pacific picked up a pair of first-half goals from defenders, as sophomore Brittni Beeman and freshman Liz Higashino each tallied their first goals of the season, then a second half goal from senior Laura Hogan en route to a 3-0 win over the Hornets.
"I think we had a really nice game against Sac State," head coach Keith Coleman said. "It was a confidence builder. We're excited about the games coming up. We know they're two really tough teams, but we feel like we're working on the things that will make us better for the long run and we're hoping that these two games will show that."
The Tigers (2-3), who last played at home on August 19, return to Stagg on Friday to face a UNLV Rebels squad that enters the weekend at 2-3-1 with three 1-0 losses. The Rebels have tallied five goals through six matches, but have held the opposition to just four goals following a 2-1 win over Nevada last Sunday.
Pacific, which opened the year with a 3-0 shutout of Nevada in their only home game, has tallied nine goals through five matches. The Tigers offensive pace is well ahead of last season's squad which netted its ninth goal in the 13th match of the season (a 3-0 win over Cal State Fullerton).
"It's nice to be home," Coleman said. "We're exciting to be back in front of our home fans, back at Pacific so we can get some students out there, they can get their vuvuzelas flowing. It's always nice to be at home and we're hoping we can get a good run going here heading into Big West Conference play."
Following the 7 p.m. kickoff Friday against the Rebels, the Tigers will host CSU Bakersfield on Sunday at noon. The Road Runners enter the weekend at 1-3 on the season with a win over Southern Utah and losses to Cal Poly, New Mexico and Loyola Marymount. The Runners have been outscored 9-4 on the season.
Next weekend, the Tigers will take on Arizona and Arizona State at the Loew's Ventana Resort Cats Classic, hosted by U of A.