Men’s soccer opens campaign at SJSU, UOP

Boulangerfield- 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, the Thursday August 25 and Sunday August 28, respectively. The Roadrunners go back and forth after facing the Spartans and Tigers at Main Soccer Field in 2021. CSUB dropped out of exhibition contests with Cal State LA, Cal and LMU in the preseason, allowing just four goals in 360 minutes of action after allowing almost two goals per game a season ago – when the team finished 6-10-1 overall and 5-4-0 in the Big West game.

“We are looking forward 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 games have been entertaining. We’ve had a strong camp and plenty of playing time to prepare for, now we have great chance to test ourselves in a competitive match.”

THIS WEEK…
at San Jose State (Thursday August 25 – 7:00 p.m.) | San Jose, California | look | Live statistics | Tickets
at Peaceful (Sunday August 28 – 7:30 p.m.) | Stockton, CA | look | Live statistics | Tickets

ROADRUNNER QUICK STRIKES…
* Three Roadrunners return with 30+ career games played – Carlos Armendariz (38), Harry Downing (35) and Stephon Marcano (31) will lead the CSUB from critical positions in the field. Bryson Hankins — a 2021 Big West All-Freshman pick — gives Bakersfield a fourth starter back on the field after playing 14 games in 2021, his first season at Bakersfield…

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

* After conceding 33 goals in 17 games during the 2021 season (1.94 GAA), Bakersfield has 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 and Loyola Marymount…

* Five different Roadrunners have capped internationally at youth or senior level. Damien Alguera (United States and El Salvador), Stephon Marcano (Trinidad and Tobago), Scott Pengelly (Northern Ireland), all have international ceilings, while Carlos Armendariz and 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 friendlies last summer, both in Bolivia and Belize…

* Ten Roadrunners prepared for college play by representing and competing with professional youth academies – including Damien Alguera (Philadelphia Union, Sporting KC, SJ Earthquakes), Philippe Dadone (Juventus Academy), Harry Downing (Plymouth Argyle FC), Kevin Estrada (Glens of San Francisco), Bryson Hankins (Seattle Sounders FC), Herrera sugar (Sacramento Republic FC), Nathan Jimenez (Sacramento Republic FC), Adrian Medina (Glens of San Francisco), Scott Pengelly (Fleetwood Town FC) and Andres Perez De Gracia (Crystal Palace FC and Derby County FC)…

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

* The Roadrunners failed to score a goal in 270 minutes of pre-season play, despite improving offense as the exhibition season progressed. CSUB recorded 31 shots in three competitions, putting 11 on target in preseason competitions with reigning DII National Champion CSULA, Pac-12 foe Cal and WCC opponent LMU. Bakersfield has tightened the ship defensively, having allowed 1.94 goals against last season. CSUB conceded just 1.33 goals per game in the 2022 pre-season, with all four goals against coming late in the second half. Newcomer Philippe Dadone played 135 minutes in the ‘Runner goal, allowing just one strike and making five saves…

* Junior Transfer Bilal Mihoubi was CSUB’s most dangerous forward during the preseason, raking in nine shot attempts and scoring six. Mihoubi, a transfer from the Academy of Art, was aggressive up and down the left side of the pitch…

* Riders have qualified for conference tournaments in each of the head coaches Richie Grantit is seven seasons in Bakersfield. Last season, CSUB placed fourth in the Big West – after being picked to finish dead last – and staged a quarterfinal game with UC Davis at the main football field. This season, CSUB was chosen to place 8th in the 10-team league…

*Roadrunners fans can follow the team throughout the season online and on social media. Visit GoRunners.com for full coverage, live stream links and more, while following @CSUB_Football on Twitter and Instagram for content and behind-the-scenes info. Season passes and individual tickets for all Bakersfield home games are now available at GoRunners.com/Tickets…

Next…
Bakersfield returns to the main football field on Thursday, September 1 (7:00 p.m.) for a home opener with a visit to the Grand Canyon during the university’s annual Rowdy Run celebration that welcomes new students to CSUB. The ‘Runners next host Gonzaga on Sunday, September 8 (7:00 p.m.). Both home games will be broadcast live on ESPN+.