May 14, 2007
DAVIS, Calif. -- UC Davis men's soccer head coach Dwayne Shaffer has unveiled his team's 2007 schedule. The slate is made up of 19 games including 12 Big West Conference contests. The upcoming season marks the first for the Aggies as official members of the Big West. In all, UC Davis plays eight games at Aggie Soccer Stadium and 11 games on the road. The Aggies will look to build on a 9-7-2 campaign in 2006, which included a 7-3-2 mark against the Big West.
The Aggies' regular season gets underway Aug. 31 at a tournament hosted by Xavier. UC Davis will take on the host in the first round before facing Pittsburgh on Sept. 2. At that point, the team returns home to face Oregon State, Sept. 7, in its home opener. That weekend's action concludes Sept. 9 against Portland, also at home.
Beginning Sept. 14, UC Davis plays three straight games on the road to conclude the non-conference portion of its schedule. The opponents include IPFW, Oakland and Sacramento State.
On Sept. 29, the Aggies will play their first official Big West game against last year's national champion UC Santa Barbara. That game will begin a two-game homestand which concludes against UC Riverside on Oct. 3.
UC Davis will be one of seven teams making up the Big West. The others include Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, UC Irvine, Cal State Northridge, UC Riverside and UCSB. Each team plays the other six once at home and once on the road in making up the 12-game conference slate. Last season, UC Davis defeated UCSB on its way to a 7-3-2 record against its future conference foes. The record included a perfect 4-0 start and featured an undefeated mark through six games.
"I feel like we've progressed along as well as we possibly could have," said Shaffer on his program's four-year transition from Division II to Division I.
"I put a plan in place when the Division I move was announced, and I've stuck to that plan so far. I brought in two large recruiting classes in 2004 and 2005, and those student-athletes are finally going to be juniors and seniors in the program. They're all really good players and have proven they can compete. We've progressively improved each year so I think we'll be in a position to be competitive in the Big West. I'm happy where we're at. I think our team is experienced and prepared."
The winner of the Big West, which does not have a post-season tournament, receives the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Click here for the Aggies' 2007 schedule.