New Zealand native transfers to UC Davis

June 21, 2018

DAVIS, Calif. — A standout defender for the last two years at Metro State, New Zealand native Dylan Wood has transferred to UC Davis for his final two collegiate seasons.

Wood, who will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2018 season, becomes the eighth member of an incoming class that includes seven previously announced freshmen who signed National Letters of Intent earlier this year.

"We are excited to add Dylan to our roster," Head Coach Dwayne Shaffer said. "He will add college playing experience and depth to our defense. We were impressed with his leadership skills, his technical ability, and will be a very good addition to our program heading into 2018."

A two-time All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference second team honoree, and a call-up into extended training camp with the New Zealand U20 National Team in 2017, Wood started 37 of his 38 career matches with the Division II Roadrunners, helping the program to a RMAC tournament championship appearance as a freshman and a semifinal berth as a sophomore, the latter capping a season that saw Metro State finish 12-6-2 overall and 9-4-1 in league play.

Last season, Wood scored a career-high four goals on just 17 shots while leading the team in minutes played (1,788) and earned a spot on the RMAC All-Tournament team, while helping Metro State post seven shutouts on the year.

During his freshman season, Wood scored one goal in 1,530 minutes, playing at least 90 minutes 11 times, helping the Roadrunners rank fourth in the league with 25 goals allowed and a 1.22 goals against average to go along with four shutouts.

A 2015 graduate of Onslow College, Wood also earned trials with the New Zealand U15 and U17 squads, representing his school’s province during his first three years and earned a spot on the Wellington Province 1997 Boys Soccer Team. He was twice named the team’s player of the year in 2012 and 2013, including scoring six goals during the latter, while also playing indoor and outdoor cricket, and adventure racing.

His club experience included five years with the Waterside Karori Amateur Football Club from 2011-15, helping his side to an Upper Hutt tournament title in 2013 and 2015, and second-place finishes in the Wellington Capital Premier League in 2013-15. The last two years, Wood has been a member of the Wellington Olympic Amateur Football Club — New Zealand’s top league — helping his team to a Men’s Central League title in 2016.

Born in Croydon, England, to Grant and Lorraine, Wood has a younger brother, Harvey, and intends to major in physics at UC Davis.

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