UC Davis (1-1, 0-0 Big West) at San Jose State (0-1, 0-0 WAC)
Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 | 5:00 p.m. | Spartan Soccer Complex | San Jose, Calif.
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CSU Bakersfield (1-1, 0-0 WAC) at UC Davis (1-1, 0-0 Big West)
Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017 | 4:00 p.m. | Aggie Soccer Field | Davis, Calif.
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KICK OFF: Fresh off its first victory of the season, the UC Davis men's soccer team (1-1 overall) takes on a pair of Western Athletic Conference foes this weekend, hitting the road for the Bay Area before coming home to open a three-match homestand. The Aggies take on San Jose State at Spartan Soccer Stadium on Friday evening (Sept. 1) at 5 p.m., before welcoming CSU Bakersfield for the Aggie Soccer Field on Sunday (Sept. 3) at 4 p.m., in the second match of a doubleheader with the UC Davis women's team, which hosts UNLV at 1 p.m.
IN THE RANKINGS: Neither UC Davis, nor its two opponents, are ranked in the national polls this week… CSU Bakersfield, however, stands at No. 10 in the United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA) West Region poll released on on Aug. 29.
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A LOOK AT THE SPARTANS: San Jose State enters the weekend with an 0-1 record, opening the regular season with a 4-0 loss to No. 1 Stanford following a pair of exhibition draws against Cal State Monterey Bay and Santa Clara… The Spartans return eight letter winners off of last year's squad that finished 4-13-2 overall and 3-6-1 in the Western Athletic Conference… Senior forward Jeremy Romero returns to pace the offense after leading the team in goals with four a season ago… Sophomore Kris Donaldson opened the season as the starter in net, playing all 90 minutes and making one save against the Cardinal… Head Coach Simon Tobin enters his fourth season at the helm of the SJSU program.
SERIES NOTES: The Spartans lead the all-time series with the Aggies, 3-2-1, with the two programs battling to a scoreless draw in San Jose last season… Each of the last three contests between San Jose State and UC Davis have ended in overtime, with each team posting a win prior to last season's draw… According to records that date back to the 1998 season, the Aggies are still looking for their first win in San Jose, going 0-3 in those contests, while posting a 2-0-1 mark at home in that same span… UC Davis' last win in the series came on Sept. 5, 2010, a 1-0 home triumph in overtime.
A LOOK AT THE ROADRUNNERS: Bakersfield enters the weekend at 1-1 overall following a 2-0 win over UC Riverside and a 5-2 loss at Pacific… The Roadrunners travel to Sacramento State on Friday (5 p.m.) before heading across the Causeway to meet the Aggies… CSUB returns 11 letter winners and seven starters off of last season's squad that finished 6-13 overall and 4-6 in the WAC for seventh place… Sophomore midfielder Niklas Koerber has two of the team's four scores on the year, while sophomore defender Sebastian Mentel and senior defender Jamie Carey-Morrell have scored a goal apiece… Freshman Victor Romero has assisted on a pair of goals… Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Detre Bell has posted a 2.50 goals against average and nine saves in two starts… Head Coach Richie Grant is in his second season at the helm.
SERIES NOTES: CSU Bakersfield leads the all-time series with UC Davis, 10-7-3, but the Aggies have won two of the last three meetings -- including a 3-2 win on the road last season in Bakersfield… Four of the last six matches between the two programs have gone into overtime, with each team posting a win and the remaining two ending in scoreless draws… Five of the Aggies' seven wins in the series have come at home, but UC Davis is winless in its last three (0-2-1) on its home field against the Roadrunners, having not won since a 1-0 victory on Aug. 31, 2008.
SHAFFER'S MARCH TO 200: Now in his 21st season at the helm of the Aggie program, UC Davis head coach Dwayne Shaffer enters the 2017 campaign just two wins shy of 200 for his Division I coaching career, carrying a 198-166-51 record in 21 seasons -- 191 of those coming in his 20 years at UC Davis -- when you include his one year at Dayton. Overall, Shaffer has accumulated a total of 250 wins as a head coach at UC Davis (20 years), Dayton (one year), and Santa Rosa Junior College (four years).
SQUAD GOALS: UC Davis showcased a rather potent offense during the opening weekend of the 2017 season, combining for five goals in its first two matches against SMU and San Francisco. The total is the highest to start a season by an Aggie squad since the 2000 team began with victories over Fresno Pacific (3-0) and Western Washington (2-0) in its first two contests. Meanwhile, the two goals against the Mustangs were the most in a season opener since a, 3-1, win over Long Island on Aug. 29, 2008, and the three goals in the win over the Dons were the most since UC Davis posted a, 3-1, win over Sacramento State on Oct. 15, 2016.
EARLY LEADER: Junior striker Matt Baringer is out to the early Big West Conference lead following a big opening weekend that saw him score a goal in each of the Aggies' first two matches and add an assist against San Francisco for five points. The goal and assist against the Dons gave the Piedmont, Calif., native a single-game career-high three points, while his five points this season are just one shy of his career total from his first two years combined.
POWER PLAY: Among the many firsts during the Aggies' opening was the first career goal for senior midfielder Onah Power, whose unassisted strike just before the halftime horn proved to be the difference in his team's 3-1 win over San Francisco. The economics major from Oakland, Calif., entered the year with a point to his name after tallying an assist against UC Santa Barbara in his debut season with UC Davis in 2016.
AGGIE DEBUTS: Four student-athletes made their Aggie debuts this past weekend, with sophomore Adam Mickelson appearing in both contests while freshmen Jacob Rudolph, Kameron Carey, and Jake Haupt, logged their first minutes in a UC Davis uniform against San Francisco.
AGGIES AT A GLANCE: A senior-laden Aggie squad returns 17 letter winners and eight starters from last year's squad that finished 8-9-3 overall and 4-6 in the Big West Conference, earning a berth in the league tournament in each of the last six seasons -- the only conference member to accomplish that feat during that span. UC Davis returns five of its top six scorers from last season, paced by senior midfielder Noah Wilson, who earned second-team All-Big West honors after scoring seven goals and 17 points overall. All told, the Aggies bring back 19 of their 26 goals scored, 19 of their 24 assists, and 196 of their 267 shots. In net, sophomore Wallis Lapsley is the incumbent after appearing in four matches last season, posting a 0.98 goals against average and eight saves.
UC DAVIS PICKED SECOND IN BIG WEST PRESEASON POLL: The Aggies open the season with high expectations from the league coaches, picked to finish second in the Big West's North Division behind perennial power UC Santa Barbara. UC Davis, which received the third-most points among the league's eight members, garnered one first-place vote and 25 points overall -- just three back of the Gauchos, who picked up six first-place votes and 28 points overall to top the division for the fifth consecutive year.
TRIO HONORED ON BIG WEST PRESEASON TEAM: The UC Davis senior trio of Noah Wilson, Kyle Higgins, and Evan Barrett, picked up individual preseason honors, making up a quarter of the 12-member preseason All-Big West Conference team as voted on by the coaches. The selections of Wilson, Higgins, and Barrett, were the most by any league member, as Cal State Fullerton and UC Santa Barbara each placed two on the team. The trio, who joined former Aggie standouts Ramon Martin Del Campo (2014) and Matt Wiesenfarth (2012 & 2014) as preseason all-conference picks from UC Davis, represent nearly half of the Aggies' goals scored from a season ago.
STATE OF THE AGGIES: Home of the nation's No. 6-ranked ranked public university in one of the top college towns in the country, UC Davis has continued to attract standout student-athletes from outside the friendly confines of the state of California. Although the 2017 UC Davis men's soccer roster will feature a majority of Californians, six Aggies hail from outside the "Golden State" -- the most in the program's Division I era. Sophomore goalkeeper Wallis Lapsley and freshman Kameron Carey (Washington), senior Chase Rhode (North Carolina), freshman Kyle Marcotte (Texas), and senior Kyle Higgins and sophomore Adam Mickelson (Montana), each represent the first Aggies from those states since the program made the jump to Division I in 2007.