2014 Big West Preseason Poll & All-Conference Team
DAVIS, Calif. -- The UC Davis men's soccer team was picked to finish second in the Big West Conference's North Division, and fourth overall, while seniors Ramon Martin Del Campo and Matt Wiesenfarth were preseason all-league selections according to a vote of the conference's head coaches released on Thursday afternoon.
The Aggies finished with 20 points, standing behind only unanimous selection, UC Santa Barbara, which received all eight first-place votes and 32 points overall to top the table. Cal Poly, with 19 points, was picked third in the division, followed by Sacramento State with nine points.
CSUN led the way in the Big West South Division with six first-place votes and 30 points, followed by UC Irvine in second, which earned a pair of first-place nods and 24 points. UC Riverside (14 points) and Cal State Fullerton (12) round out the division.
Individual honors were also handed out on Thursday as UC Davis was one of three schools with multiple honorees on the preseason all-conference squad with the selections of Martin Del Campo and Wiesenfarth. The Aggies' co-leader in scoring a season ago, Wiesenfarth was a second-team All-Big West selection as a junior, finishing with six goals and an assist, while defender Martin Del Campo, who spent a week this summer training with the United States U23 Men's National Team, was an all-conference honorable mention selection in 2013.
After opening practice a little over a week ago, the Aggies finally kick-off their 2014 schedule on Sunday (Aug. 24) at noon with an exhibition against Chico State at the Aggie Soccer Field. UC Davis officially lifts the lid on the regular season on Aug. 29, traveling to Columbus, Ohio, as one of four teams participating in the ninth-annual Bert and Iris Wolstein Classic hosted by Ohio State.
The Aggies take on the host Buckeyes on Friday at 4:30 p.m., before meeting Canisius College, which takes on Butler in its tournament opener, on Sunday (Aug. 31) at 9 a.m. Both start times are Pacific.
2014 BIG WEST CONFERENCE MEN'S SOCCER PRESEASON POLL
1. UC Santa Barbara (8) - 32 points
2. UC Davis - 20
3. Cal Poly - 19
4. Sacramento State - 9
1. CSUN (6) - 30 points
2. UC Irvine (2) - 24
3. UC Riverside - 14
4. Cal State Fullerton - 12
2014 BIG WEST CONFERENCE MEN'S SOCCER PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Justin Dhillon, So., F, Cal Poly
Wade Hamilton, Jr., GK, Cal Poly
Cameron Iwasa, Sr., M, UC Irvine
Matt LaGrassa, Jr., M, Cal Poly
Sagi Lev-Ari, Sr., F, CSUN
Ismaila Jome, So., F, UC Santa Barbara
Ramon Martin Del Campo, Sr., D, UC Davis
Trevor Morley, Jr., D, CSUN
Ian Ramos, Sr., M, Cal State Fullerton
Edwin Rivas, Sr., F, CSUN
Matt Wiesenfarth, Sr., F, UC Davis