CSUN To Host Pacific In NCAA First Round
2016 NCAA Tournament Bracket
2016 Men's Soccer Release No. 13
Returning to the NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament for the first time since 2013, CSUN is hosting Pacific in a first round match this Thursday at Matador Soccer Field.
The Matadors are making their seventh NCAA appearance all-time. They made four straight appearances from 2002-05, and advanced to postseason back-to-back in 2012 and 2013. CSUN is 1-5-1 all-time in its six prior appearances.
This will be the fourth time the program will host an NCAA Tourney soccer match. CSUN defeated UC Santa Barbara in the 2005 Second Round, with losses to San Diego in the 2012 First Round and Stanford in the 2013 Second Round.
Head coach Terry Davila has steered the Matadors to all seven NCAA appearances – the third-most in Big West history. He led the team to its second Big West Tournament championship after the Matadors defeated Cal State Fullerton, 2-1, on Jeremy Degraffenreidt’s goal with 52 seconds remaining in the second overtime of Saturday’s final.
Pacific, an at-large selection making its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, finished 12-3-2 overall and in second place in the West Coast Conference with a 4-1-2 record.
CSUN is familiar with WCC opponents in the postseason. The Matadors are 0-3 all-time in NCAA matches versus the WCC, losing by identical 1-0 scores to Loyola Marymount in 2002 and 2004, as well as 2-1 in double overtime to San Diego in 2012.
In 2016, the Matadors are unbeaten at home with a 6-0-3 record. The Big West South Division champions own a six-match unbeaten streak overall. Their last four contests have gone to overtime. Prior to beating CSF in the conference tournament final, CSUN edged Sacramento State, 6-5 in penalty kicks, following 110 minutes of scoreless soccer in the semifinals.
Entering the NCAA’s with a 9-6-5 record, CSUN is one win away from recording its eighth 10-win season under Davila.
The winner of Thursday’s match will travel to No. 5 seed Stanford for the second round.
CSUN Heads To NCAA Tournament
CSUN, the Big West Tournament champion and recipient of the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, hosts Pacific in the first round at Matador Soccer Field on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. It is the seventh NCAA Tournament berth in school history, on the heels of appearances in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2012 and 2013. The winner will travel to Stanford for a second round match on Sunday at 5:00 p.m.
How The Matadors Got Here
After winning the Big West South Division, CSUN earned a first round bye in the conference tournament. The Matadors hosted Sacramento State in the semifinals, and advanced in dramatic fashion after outlasting the Hornets in penalty kicks. Both squads made their first five attempts. On Sacramento State’s sixth attempt, Matador goalkeeper Kevin Marquez stepped up and made the save. CSUN senior Patrick Hickman then connected from the spot to send the squad into the finals. The Matadors dethroned two-time defending tourney champ Cal State Fullerton with a 2-1, double overtime victory in the championship game. Edwin Quiroz tied the game at 1-1 with a goal in the 78th minute, and Jeremy Degraffenreidt connected for the game-winner with just 52 seconds remaining in the second overtime.
NCAA Tournament History
The Matadors are 1-5-1 all-time in their six previous NCAA Tournament appearances. CSUN, a No. 15 seed, defeated UC Santa Barbara, 3-2, at home in the 2005 second round after earning a first round bye. The matchup with Pacific represents the fourth NCAA Tournament home game in school history. In addition to defeating UCSB in 2005, the Matadors lost to San Diego in 2012 and Stanford in 2013 at Matador Soccer Field.
CSUN NCAA RECORD
||•T, 1-1 (2ot)
||UC Santa Barbara
||L, 0-1 (ot)
||L, 1-2 (2ot)
Benchmark For Success
CSUN’s 2-1 victory over Cal State Fullerton in the Big West Tournament finals improved the program to 24-1 when the team scores two or more goals, dating back to the 2013 season. The only blemish over that span occurred on Oct. 15 earlier this year, a 4-3 setback to UC Irvine. Other than that, the Matadors have posted records of 6-0 (2013), 6-0 (2014), 6-0 (2015) and 6-1 (2016) when potting multiple goals.
Home Field Advantage
CSUN is the only Big West school to boast an unbeaten home field record this season. The Matadors are 6-0-3 at Matador Soccer Field. Their last loss at home occurred in last year’s Big West Tournament first round to UC Davis.
Head coach Terry Davila, in his 18th season at the helm of the Matador program, earned a conference record sixth Big West Coach of the Year honor after piloting the team to a South Division title. He is one win away from amassing his eighth season of 10 or more wins. Davila’s 161 overall victories rank No. 3 in Big West history. In terms of Big West play, his 79 conference wins are No. 2 all-time.