Pacific Soccer Opens Home Slate Sunday vs Sacramento State on Community Night
The University of the Pacific soccer team opens the home portion of its 2010 schedule Sunday at 6 p.m. against the Sacramento State Hornets at Stagg Stadium on Community Night. Admission is free. The Tigers, off to a 1-1 start this season, are 9-0-3 in their last 12 meetings with the Hornets (0-2 in 2010).
"We should be focused and fired up for it," head coach Keith Coleman said. "Were excited, because its a local rivalry. Im hoping we will have a ton of people out there. Usually for Community Night we have a big crowd and hopefully we can carry that over through out the rest of the season. The players cant help but be pumped up for the game."
The Tigers and Hornets are meeting for the 15th time with Pacific holding a 10-1-4 advantage, including 6-1-0 at home. Pacific has shut out Sacramento State for the last 12 consecutive matches and have allowed just one goal in the series, outscoring the Hornets 21-1. Sacramento State has not beaten Pacific since the 1994 season.
"Our team is looking to rebound from a pretty disappointing loss on Saturday. We dominated the game, out-shot them 18-2," Coleman said, describing the Tigers 1-0 loss to Wagner at the 'OHANA Hotels and Resorts Shootout in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Seahawks tallied the lone goal in the sixth minute on a penalty kick, and the Tigers couldnt find the equalizer despite the wide margin in shots.
"Even though were becoming a more experienced team, we added nine newcomers this year and were still trying to incorporate them. The back-to-back matches had an effect on us for sure. Whether it was the really tough game the night before against Hawaii or what, we arent quite where we need to be in terms of leg strength. Were going to keep working hard to be at our peak at the start of Big West play."
Pacific posted a 1-0 win over Hawaii to pick up a season-opening win for the fifth time in six seasons. Sophomore Laura Hernandez tallied the lone goal of the match, finishing a one-touch pass to the far post from junior Angelica Figueroa, after a cross from junior Kristina Wavomba along the baseline. The goal, at the 57:01 mark, was enough to stand up as senior goalkeeper Jill Medigovich made three saves on 12 shots for the shutout.
The Hornets enter Sundays match with a 0-2 record after falling 1-0 at home to UC Davis and 2-1 to San Diego State, also at home, to open the season.
Following the meeting with Sacramento State, the Tigers will have five-straight road matches, including four at Pac-10 opponents, before returning home on Friday, Sept. 24 to face Montana at 7 p.m.