Tigers at Duke for second-round match

Tigers at Duke for second-round match

Pacific men's soccer (12-4-2, 5-2-0 WCC) is coming off of a win in the opening round over UC Riverside following a last-minute relocation to Fresno Pacific. The Tigers hit the road the next day and are already in Durham prepping for a big showdown against Duke (10-6-2, 5-3 ACC) on Sunday at 2 p.m.

MATCHDAY INFO...

Pacific at Duke | Sunday, November 18 | 6:00 p.m. ET, 3:00 p.m. PST

Weather: 50 degrees at kick off. Partly Cloudy. 

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GAME NOTES


Last time out...

  • Pacific won in its third-straight NCAA First Round game against UC Riverside, 1-0, in Fresno.
  • Pacific earned the right to host, but the match was moved to Fresno Pacific University due to poor air quality from the Northern California wildfires.
  • Anthony Orendain scored Pacific's goal, while the Tigers pitched a shutout in the second-straight game. Ethan Bandre earned his second in a row and second career shutout.

Racking up awards...

Pacific men's soccer hauled in a total of nine postseason awards from the West Coast Conference.  

They were...

WCC Player of the Year

WCC Defensive Player of the Year

All-WCC First Team

All-WCC Second Team

All-WCC Honorable Mention

All-WCC Freshman Team

Postseason pedigree...

  • Men's soccer has only been back at Pacific for five years, but the Tigers have reached the postseason for three-straight years.
  • The Tigers have also hosted in the first round for the three straight seasons winning both of those matches so far.

Nationally ranked...

(top-50 in NCAA)

  • The Tigers are 28th in the nation in assists per game with 1.82 per and 34th in the nation in total assists with 31.
  • Pacific is 42nd in the nation in scoring offense at 1.71 goals per game and 35th in points per game at 5.24.
  • Pacific's win-loss-tie percentage is the 29th highest in the nation at .688.
  • The Tigers are 47th in the nation in total points with 29.
  • Junior Jonathan Jimenez and senior Camden Riley are 25th in the NCAA in game-winning goals with 3.
  • Camden Riley is 45th in the nation in goals per game at 0.53. He is also 47th in the nation in points per game at 1.35 per.
  • Riley is 46th in the nation in goals with nine on the year and 47th in points with 23.

Record Watch...

  • Riley is now Pacific's all-time leader in points with 46. He surpassed Tristan Blackmon, who was the MLS' third overall draft pick in 2018.
  • Riley has now scored 19 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.
  • Riley has 23 points on the season, a new single-season record for the Tigers. Jimenez has 21 points this year, which is tied for the second record for points at Pacific.
  • Riley is tied with Julio Cervantes for the single-season lead in goals at Pacific with 9. Jimenez is tied for second with 8.
  • Jimenez and Riley have tied the single-season record in the modern-era for game-winning goals with three.
  • 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...

  • In Pacific's two NCAA Tournament games at Knoles, the Tigers are yet to lose.
  • 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.