Women's Soccer Opens Big West Schedule Friday At Home
Video: Preview With Keith Coleman
Stockton, Calif. – The Pacific women's soccer team opens Big West play Friday at home against Cal State Northridge and faces No. 18 UC Irvine Sunday in the Tigers annual Pacific Plays Pink game.
On Friday night, the Tigers face Cal State Northridge at 7 p.m. as Big West play opens. On Sunday, Pacific plays pink, at noon, as the Tigers encourage their fans to wear pink to the match in a show of support for those fighting breast cancer. Proceeds from Pacific's match against UC Irvine will go towards breast cancer research at St. Joseph's Medical Foundation, with the Tigers donning pink accessories for the match. The Tigers will have pink Pacific women's soccer gear available for purchase at both Friday's and Sunday's matches.
Pacific, at 6-4-0 on through non-conference play, is undefeated at home (4-0-0) and has yet to allow a goal at Stagg Memorial Stadium. The Tigers rank second in the Big West in goals per game (2.00) as well as shutouts.
On Friday, The Tigers face Cal State Northridge, a team which sits 2-6-1 entering Big West play. The Matadors have suffered four losses by 1-0 scores on the season and are averaging one goal allowed in their last six matches.
Sunday's contest will be the third match this season for Pacific against a ranked opponent as UC Irvine enters the weekend at number 18 in the Soccer America Top 25. The Anteaters are 7-2-1 entering Big West play, with a win over No. 11 Texas A&M and a tie against No. 17 Santa Clara.
The Tigers look to flip the script on the Anteaters and Matadors in 2011, as last season, Pacific opened with a pair of road 1-0 losses, including a heartbreaker in double overtime at Northridge. Pacific bounced back to win five of the remaining six Big West matches to finish 5-3-0.
"The goal is to not start the way we did last year," head coach Keith Coleman said. "Obviously, the goal is to get two wins this time, and put them under the gun and make them chase us."
"A lot of teams are playing very well, and I think there's going to be a very small margin between everyone when it's all said and done. It might be just a minute margin, or second margin. A small lapse in concentration could create all the difference," Coleman said. "It's great that the Big West is (this competitive). I wouldn't be surprised to see a huge bunch in the standings entering the last weekend."