Tigers head to Gonzaga to close regular season

Tigers head to Gonzaga to close regular season

Pacific men's soccer (10-4-2, 4-2-0 WCC) takes a trip to Spokane, Washington this weekend to wrap up the regular season in search of a win that can help solidify a spot in the NCAA Tournament against Gonzaga (2-13-2, 1-6-1 WCC). With the West Coast Conference title and the automatic bid to the tournament already wrapped up by Saint Mary's, a win can only help the Tigers take a step towards qualification.

MATCHDAY INFO...

Pacific at Gonzaga | Saturday, November 10 | 2:00 p.m. PST

Weather: High of 41, low of 28. Cloudy. 

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GAME NOTES


Last time out...

  • Pacific picked up a big win in its match on Saturday night against #11 Portland, 3-2.
  • Junior forward Jonathan Jimenez scored all three goals in the match for his first career hat trick. All three goals came in 3 minutes and 12 seconds.
  • Jimenez set single-game records in the modern era for goals in a game and points.
  • His performance earned him his second WCC Player of the Week honor of the year.

Nationally ranked...

(top-50 in NCAA)

  • The Tigers are 26th in the nation in assists per game with 1.88 per and 28th in the nation in total assists with 30.
  • Pacific is 39th in the nation in scoring offense at 1.75 goals per game and 34th in points per game at 5.38.
  • Pacific's win-loss-tie percentage is the 29th highest in the nation at .688.
  • The Tigers are 47th in the nation in total goals with 28.
  • Junior Jonathan Jimenez is 22nd in the NCAA in game-winning goals with 4.

Record Watch...

  • Riley is now Pacific's all-time leader in points with 44. He surpassed Tristan Blackmon, who was the MLS' third overall draft pick in 2018.
  • Riley has now scored 18 goals, which passed Blackmon for the all-time lead at Pacific.
  • He has eight career assists, good for third in the modern era, one behind Blackmon and four behind Andres Ochoa.
  • Jimenez and Riley have both totaled 21 points this year, which ties the single-season record for points at Pacific.
  • Jimenez and Riley's eight goals this year are the second most in program history. Julio Cervantes' nine in 2016 is the record.
  • Jimenez has tied the record in the single-season record in the modern-era for game-winning goals with four.
  • Jimenez and Riley are tied for the single-season record in assists with six.
  • Anthony Orendain is tied for sixth on the single-season list in assists with three.
  • Mateo Gomez is third in the modern era in shutouts with five. He is two from tying Curtis Goldsmith's record of 7.

Free soccer...

  • Pacific has played in five overtimes this season.
  • The Tigers are 3-0-2 in overtime matches with wins over Cal, who was #14 at the time, UAB and Santa Clara. Pacific tied Western Michigan and Sacramento State.

Knoles Fortress...

  • The Tigers are 8-1-1 this year at home and rank 44th 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.

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 Gonzaga...

(2-13-2, 0-6-0 WCC, streak: L8)

  • Gonzaga enters the final regular season match of the year on an eight-match losing streak.
  • Demitrius Kigeya leads the Bulldogs in goals with four on the year, two players are tied for second on the team with two.
  • When it comes to assists, Quinn Liebmann and Isaiah Jackson are tied for the team lead with two.
  • Ben Willis is the Bulldog's leading goalkeeper. He's started in 16 games and has made 74 saves on the year. He holds a 2.05 goals against average.