Tigers Women's Soccer Wraps Regular Season at Home vs Long Beach State, UC Riverside
The Pacific women's soccer team can secure a Big West tournament berth with a win or tie in either of its final two regular season home games as the Tigers take on Long Beach State Friday at 7 p.m. on Pacific Plays Pink night and UC Riverside on Senior Day Sunday at 1 p.m. at Stagg Memorial Stadium. A pair of wins would earn the second-seed in the Big West tournament and a home match in the semifinals on Nov. 4.
The Tigers, at 7-6-3 overall, 4-2-0 Big West, currently trail Long Beach State (11-4-2 overall, 4-1-1 Big West) by a point in the standings, and need a win over the 49ers to remain in the hunt for a semifinal home game. The 49ers have clinched a berth in the tournament, but could be passed by the Tigers if Pacific wins Friday.
"It's a nice place to be, but there's still work to be done," head coach Keith Coleman said. "I think that we're excited about where we are. We learned from last year and that experience carries over into this weekend. The attention is on winning games. They would love to host a first round game, and they're excited about the possibility of hosting a first round game."
Friday's match is part of the Pacific Athletics Department's Pacific Plays Pink program, in which the Tigers will be decked out in pink accents to their home uniform, and encourage all fans to don pink instead of the traditional orange in support of the fight against breast cancer.
"For all of us this is an important weekend. It's a powerful thing. A lot of universities and pro teams have turned their attention towards curing something that touches every one of us in one way or another," Coleman added. "I'm happy that we can do it and I'm hoping that we have a large crowd out there in pink and we can all be there together, focusing on the game, but also on the bigger picture."
On Sunday, the Tigers honor their six seniors - goalkeeper Jill Medigovich, defenders Chyanne Alejado, Kylee Ah Choy, midfielder Natalie Wong, forward Sammi Teramae and midfielder/defender Kim Hargrave - prior to the 1 p.m. kickoff against UC Riverside.
"It's such a great class," Coleman continued. "It's a really good bunch of young ladies. They're very different, one from another, but they are a fantastic group. They should be fired up to have a great game."
Pacific is riding a four-match winning streak and is undefeated at Stagg Memorial Stadium this season, without allowing a single goal at home. The Tigers can reach the six-win mark in Big West play for the first time since the 1998 Tigers went 7-0-1 in the Big West en route to the regular season and tournament championships and the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Tigers also have a back door into the Big West tournament, as Thursday's match between Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Northridge could eliminate Pacific's competition for a Big West berth. A Northridge win would hand Fullerton a fourth Big West loss, giving them a maximum point total of 12. With 12 points and the tie-breaker, Pacific would be safely in the field, however the Tigers would need to beat Long Beach and UC Riverside to claim the second seed.
The semifinals of the Big West tournament will be at the sites of the first and second seeds on Thursday, Nov.4. The highest remaining seed will host the championship on Sunday, Nov. 7. UC Irvine has earned the first seed as regular season conference champions.