Loyola Marymount (1-2-1, 0-0 WCC) at UC Davis (2-2, 0-0 Big West)
Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 | 5:00 p.m. | Aggie Soccer Field | Davis, Calif.
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San Diego (1-2, 0-0 WCC) at UC Davis (2-2, 0-0 Big West)
Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 | 2:00 p.m. | Aggie Soccer Field | Davis, Calif.
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KICK OFF: The UC Davis men's soccer team (2-2 overall) closes out a season-long three-match homestand this weekend, welcoming a pair of West Coast Conference rivals at Aggie Soccer Field. The Aggies play host to Loyola Marymount on Friday (Sept. 8) at 5 p.m., before welcoming San Diego on Sunday (Sept. 10) at 2 p.m.
IN THE RANKINGS: Neither UC Davis, nor its opponents, are ranked nationally entering this weekend's contests.
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A LOOK AT THE LIONS: Loyola Marymount enters the week with a 1-2-1 overall record and a 0-2 mark away from home, but is coming off an unbeaten weekend thanks to a 2-0 win over UNC Asheville and a 1-1 draw with Penn State… The Lions open a stretch of four straight away from home with Friday's match at UC Davis… Three different players have found the back of the net for LMU… Senior forward Alvaro Madrigal (goal and assist) and junior defender John Bovill (three assists) lead the way with three points… Senior goalkeeper Collin Partee has started all four games, posting a 0.96 goals against average with 20 saves.
SERIES NOTES: The Lions lead the all-time series with the Aggies, 2-0-2, following a 2-0 victory over UC Davis last season in Los Angeles… Friday marks only the second-ever meeting between the two programs held in Davis, with the two programs battling to a 1-1 draw in 2014… The two programs also finished in a 1-1 draw in 2013, while LMU won the inaugural meeting, 1-0, in overtime in 1994.
A LOOK AT THE TOREROS: San Diego enters the week with a 1-2 record and an 0-2 mark away from home after posting a 1-0 win over UC Santa Barbara last week… San Diego faces Sacramento State on Friday before heading across the Causeway to take on the Aggies… Sophomore forward Miguel Berry has the Toreros' only goal this season, posting the game-winner against the Gauchos, off an assist from teammate Djordje Babic… Senior goalkeeper Thomas Olsen has played every minute in net for San Diego, posting a 0.96 goals against average and 12 saves.
SERIES NOTES: The series between the Aggies and the Toreros is tied, 1-1-1, after the two teams finished in a scoreless draw last season in San Diego… UC Davis' win in the series came in 2008, a 2-1 triumph in double overtime in 2008… San Diego posted a 1-0 win in 2013 and the two teams finished in a 1-1 draw in 2014 in the only match played in Davis in 2014.
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 weekend just one win shy of 200 for his Division I coaching career, carrying a 199-167-51 record in 21 seasons -- 192 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 251 wins as a head coach at UC Davis (20 years), Dayton (one year), and Santa Rosa Junior College (four years).
SQUAD GOALS: The Aggies racked up multiple goals in each of their last two games, bringing their total to four straight multiple-goal matches to start the year -- the most since the 2000 squad opened with the same number en route to an 11-win season. The nine goals in its first four matches are the most for a UC Davis squad since the Aggies opened with 10 goals in their first four matches of the 2007 campaign.
DON'T BLINK: Or you might miss an Aggie goal. When freshman Jake Haupt netted his first career goal just 6:13 into his team's win over CSU Bakersfield on Sept. 3, it marked the second time this season that UC Davis had scored in the first 10 minutes of a match and the 12th-fastest goal by an Aggie in the Division I era.
THEY COME IN BUNCHES: It seems like when one Aggie scores a goal this season, another isn't far behind as UC Davis has quickly put up back-to-back scores in three of its four matches this season -- the last such occurrence coming when senior Miguel Acevedo went just 2:07 between goals at San Jose State on Sept. 1 (the eighth-fastest time between goals by teammates in the Division I era). Earlier this year, Luke Hazel and Matt Baringer went 2:19 between goals at SMU on Aug. 25 (ninth-fastest time), while Onah Power and Baringer went 1:51 between scores against San Francisco on Aug. 28 (sixth-fastest).
WHO DO WE MARK?: Already, the Aggies have had seven different players find the back of the net through four matches in 2017 -- just two off of last season's total.
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.