DAVIS, Calif. -- Senior Miguel Acevedo gave his team an early lead in the 37th minute, while classmate Kyle Higgins scored a pair of second half goals, helping host UC Davis to its third consecutive victory, a 3-0 "Senior Day" triumph over Causeway rival Sacramento State in the regular season finale for both teams at the Aggie Soccer Field.
The victory, which gave Head Coach Dwayne Shaffer his 200th win at the helm of the Aggie program, improved UC Davis to 10-7-2 overall and 7-2-1 in Big West Conference play. The Aggies have clinched home field advantage throughout the Big West Tournament, will host either CSUN or Sacramento State in a semifinal match on Saturday (Nov. 4) at 2 p.m.
Tickets for the event are now on sale online at UCDavisAggies.com or by contacting the athletic ticket office at (530) 752-AGS1. Prices are $10 for adults, $8 for youth and seniors, and $5 for UC Davis students.
The Hornets fell to 8-8-2 overall and 4-4-2 in league play with the loss.
Cal State Fullerton is the top seed out of the south and will host the winner of UC Santa Barbara and UC Riverside in Saturday's other semifinal at 7 p.m.
Acevedo's fourth goal of the season turned out to be all the Aggies would need on Sunday, taking a pass from senior Noah Wilson down the left side and firing back across the goal. His attempt clanged off the far right post, but took a friendly bounce across the line and in to the left side for the 1-0 advantage.
UC Davis held that lead into the second half when Higgins scored twice in an eight-minute span to put the game away. His fourth goal of the year came off a pass from senior Onah Power, who fought his way past a defender on the right side before chipping a ball in to Higgins, who volleyed it home for the 2-0 lead in the 50th minute.
The senior from Missoula, Mont., then tallied his fifth of the year on a give-and-go with fellow Missoulan Adam Mickelson, who played a perfect ball to Higgins' feet at the six where he one-timed it home for the final 3-0 advantage in the 58th minute.
Sophomore Wallis Lapsley (five saves) and junior Jon Laughlin (one save) combined on the team's fifth shutout of the year. Higgins' five goals tie him with Matt Baringer for the team lead, while Acevedo matched Mickelson and Wilson for third on the team in the category. With his assist, 13 of Mickelson's 14 points have been scored in Big West play.
UC Davis, which swept the regular season series with Sacramento State for the first time since 2012, out-shot Hornets, 18-16, for the match and finished with six of the seven corner kicks on the day. Acevedo finished with a team-high four shots to share match-high honors with Sacramento State's Brad Bumgarner and R.J. Moorhouse.
NCAA Soccer Game Summary (Final)
Sacramento State (8-8-2, 4-4-2 BWC) vs. UC Davis (10-7-2, 7-2-1 BWC)
Date: Oct 29, 2017 Attendance: 617
Weather: sunny, clear, mild
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Sacramento State........ 0 0 - 0
UC Davis.................... 1 2 - 3
1. 36:10 UCD Acevedo, Miguel (4) (Wilson, Noah) - shot bounced off right post and in left side
2. 49:17 UCD Higgins, Kyle (4) (Power, Onah) - shot to the left side
3. 57:37 UCD Higgins, Kyle (5) (Mickelson, Adam) - assist from the right side, shot to left post
Shots: Sacramento State 16, UC Davis 18
Saves: Sacramento State 5 (Kubler, Nick 2; Del Curto, James 2; TEAM 1), UC Davis 6 (Lapsley, Wallis 5; Laughlin, Jon 1)
2017 BIG WEST CONFERENCE MEN'S SOCCER TOURNAMENT
Wednesday, Nov. 1
UC Riverside (S3) at UC Santa Barbara (N2), 7 p.m.
Sacramento State (N3) at CSUN (S2), 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 4
CSUN/SAC Winner at UC Davis (N1), 2 p.m.
UCSB/UCR Winner at Cal State Fullerton (S1), 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 11
Championship game at highest remaining seed, TBA