Men’s Soccer Opens Campaign at SJSU, UOP

Bakersfield – The California State University, Bakersfield Men’s Soccer team hits the road this weekend, opening the 2022 Regular Season with road trips to San Jose State and the University of the Pacific, on Thursday, Aug. 25 and Sunday, Aug. 28, respectively. The Roadrunners are making return trips after facing both the Spartans and Tigers at The Main Soccer Field in 2021. CSUB dropped exhibition contests with Cal State LA, Cal and LMU in pre-season play, allowing just four goals in 360 minutes of action after allowing nearly two goals per game a season ago – when the team finished 6-10-1 overall and 5-4-0 in Big West play.

“We are eager and excited to start a new season,” said CSUB Head Coach Richie Grant. “San Jose are a great opponent to open our season against. Simon’s teams always play good football and our matches have been entertaining. We’ve had a strong camp and plenty of game time to prepare, now we have a great opportunity to test ourselves in a competitive match.”

THIS WEEK…

at San Jose State (Thursday, Aug. 25 – 7:00 PM) | San Jose, Calif. | Watch | Live Stats | tickets
at Pacific (Sunday, Aug. 28 – 7:30 PM) | Stockton, Calif. | Watch | Live Stats | tickets

ROADRUNNER QUICK STRIKES…

* Three Roadrunners return with more than 30 career games played – Carlos Armendariz (38), Harry Downing (35) and stephon Marcano (31) will lead CSUB from critical positions on the field. Bryson Hankins – a 2021 Big West All-Freshman choice – gives Bakersfield a fourth returning starter on the field after playing 14 games in 2021, his first season in Bakersfield…

* Goalkeepers Scott Pengelly (1.92 GAA / .615 SPCT) and Sucre Herrera (1.70 GAA / .667 SPCT) split time in the Bakersfield net during the 2021 season, combining for 54 saves, six wins and three shutout efforts. They’ll be pushed this season by El Salvadoran National Damian Alguera and Juventus Youth Academy product Filippo Dadone

* After surrendering 33 goals in 17 contests during the 2021 season (1.94 GAA), Bakersfield allowed just four goals in three exhibition games this season (1.33 GAA). All four goals came late in the second half of outings against Cal State LA, Cal & Loyola Marymount…

* Five different Roadrunners have capped internationally at the youth or senior level. Damian Alguera (USA & El Salvador), Stephen Marcano (Trinidad & Tobago), Scott Pengelly (Northern Ireland), all boast international caps, while Carlos Armendariz other Adrian Medina have each represented the United States at the Senior National Level in Futsal. Marcano dressed for a pair of T&T Senior Team friends this past summer, at both Bolivia and Belize…

* Ten Roadrunners prepped for the college game by representing and competing with professional youth academies – including Damian Alguera (Philadelphia Union, Sporting KC, SJ Earthquakes), Filippo Dadone (Juventus Academy), Harry Downing (Plymouth Argyle F.C.), Kevin Estrada (San Francisco Glens), Bryson Hankins (Seattle Sounders FC), Sucre Herrera (Sacramento Republic F.C.), Nathan Jimenez (Sacramento Republic F.C.), Adrian Medina (San Francisco Glens), Scott Pengelly (Fleetwood Town FC) and Andres Perez DeGracia (Crystal Palace FC & Derby County FC)…

* Senior captain and central midfielder Carlos Armendariz was 4-for-5 from the penalty spot in 2021, the most penalty kick goals and attempts in a Division I season for any Roadrunner. Armendariz has eight career goals, six on penalty kicks. He is the team’s top returning scorer from a season ago, and the top all-time scorer on the active roster with eight goals and an assist for 17 career points…

* The Roadrunners failed to score a goal in 270 minutes of pre-season play, despite generating better offense as the exhibition season rolled along. CSUB registered 31 shots in three contests, putting 11 on target in pre-season contests with defending DII National Champion CSULA, Pac-12 foe Cal and WCC opponent LMU. Bakersfield has tightened up the ship defensively, after allowing 1.94 goals against last season. CSUB surrendered just 1.33 goals per game during the 2022 pre-season, with all four goals against coming late in the second half. newcomer Filippo Dadone played 135 minutes in the ‘Runner goal, allowing just one opposing strike and making five saves…

* junior transfer Bilal Mihoubi was CSUB’s most dangerous attacker during the pre-season, wracking up nine shot attempts and putting six on goal. Mihoubi, a transfer from Academy of Art, has been aggressive up and down the left-side of the field…

* The ‘Runners have advanced to conference tournaments in each of head coach Richie Grant’s seven seasons in Bakersfield. Last season, CSUB placed fourth in the Big West – after being picked to finish dead last – and hosted a quarterfinal contest with UC Davis at The Main Soccer Field. This season, CSUB was picked to place 8th in the 10-team league…

* Fans of the Roadrunners can follow the team all season long online and on social media. Visit GoRunners.com for complete coverage, live streaming links and more, while following @CSUB_Football on both Twitter and Instagram for behind the scenes content and insight. Season tickets and single game seats for all Bakersfield home games are now available at GoRunners.com/Tickets…

up next…

Bakersfield returns to The Main Soccer Field on Thursday, Sept. 1 (7:00 PM) for a home opening contest with visiting Grand Canyon on the university’s annual Rowdy Run Celebration which welcomes new students to CSUB. The ‘Runners then host Gonzaga on Sunday, Sept. 8 (7:00 PM). Both home games will stream live on ESPN+.

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