Roadtrip opens at altitude as Aggies head to Colorado

Sept. 12, 2017

THIS WEEK…
UC Davis (3-3, 0-0 Big West) at (RV) Denver (3-3, 0-0 Summit League)
Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 | 6:00 p.m. PT | DU Soccer Stadium | Denver, Colo.
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UC Davis (3-3, 0-0 Big West) at (RV) Air Force (4-1, 0-0 WAC)
Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 | Noon PT | Cadet Soccer Stadium | Colorado Springs, Colo.
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KICK OFF: The "Centennial State" beckons for the UC Davis men's soccer team (3-3 overall), which opens a three-match road trip this weekend to close out the non-conference portion of its schedule. The Aggies open on Friday (Sept. 15) at 6 p.m. PT, taking on Denver (altitude 5,280 feet), before making the hour drive south to take on Air Force (altitude 6,035 feet) on Sunday (Sept. 17) at Noon PT.

IN THE RANKINGS: Both Denver and Air Force are receiving votes in this week's United Soccer Coaches rankings… The Pioneers stand at No. 25 and the Falcons are receiving votes in the latest Top Drawer Soccer poll… UC Davis is unranked.

BE A FOLLOWER: Fans can keep up with the latest in UC Davis athletics by following us on Facebook (/ucdavisaggies) and Twitter (@UCDavisAggies), while the men’s soccer program is also available on both platforms: Facebook (/UCDavisMensSoccer) and Twitter (@UCDavisMSOC) -- the latter also featuring live in-game updates as the match progresses.

A LOOK AT THE PIONEERS: Ranked among the top 10 just a week ago, Denver is 3-3 overall on the season after falling to UC Irvine (1-0) and CSUN (2-0) at a tournament in Albuquerque, N.M., last weekend… The Pioneers are 3-1 at home this season after falling to Furman back on Sept. 1 -- the team's first regular season loss since Halloween of 2014, snapping a string of 37 straight and a run of 15 consecutive wins at home… Denver is led by senior midfielder Graham Smith and junior forward Andre Shinyashiki, who have two goals each… Junior goalkeeper Nick Gardner has played every minute in net, posting a 0.81 goals against average and making nine saves to go with a pair of shutouts.

SERIES NOTES: UC Davis leads the all-time series with Denver, 2-1-1, but the two teams haven't met since 2012, batting to a 1-1 draw… The Aggies posted wins in 1993 (2-1) and in an NCAA Tournament match in 2008 (4-0) at the Aggie Soccer Field, while the Pioneers posted a 2-1 win in 2005.

A LOOK AT THE FALCONS: Air Force enters the weekend with a 4-1 overall record, defeating Army in its only match last weekend after falling to Furman… The Falcons open the weekend with a match against Saint Mary's on Friday before hosting the Aggies… Junior midfielder Tucker Bone and junior defender Klint Parker lead the way for the offense with two goals apiece… Senior goalkeeper John Wendt has played all but 90 minutes in net, posting a 0.75 goals against average, allowing just three goals on the year, and making 10 saves to go with a pair of shutouts.

SERIES NOTES: UC Davis leads the all-time series with Air Force, 1-0-3, as the two teams have battled to a draw in each of the last two meetings… The only win by either team in the series went in favor of the Aggies, a 4-1 decision in Northern California, back in 2008… The two programs battled to a 1-1 draw and a 0-0 tie in Colorado Springs, Colo., in 2005 and 2012, respectively, while fighting to a 1-1 draw at the Aggie Soccer Field in 2014… Sunday's contest will mark the fourth such meeting on Air Force's home field.

MILESTONE WIN FOR SHAFFER: Congratulations to UC Davis Head Coach Dwayne Shaffer, who logged the 200th win of his Division I coaching career in last Friday's win over Loyola Marymount, carrying a 200-168-51 record in 22 seasons at the Division I level, and needs seven more victories to reach the 200-win plateau in his UC Davis career. Overall, Shaffer has accumulated a total of 252 career wins as a head coach with the Aggies (21 years), Dayton (one year), and Santa Rosa Junior College (four years).

TORRES NETS BIG WEST WEEKLY HONORS: Goals in each of the Aggies' two matches last week helped net UC Davis senior Lizandro Torres Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors, the league office announced on Sept. 11. It's the first such award for the midfielder from Stockton, Calif., and the first for an Aggie player since teammate Noah Wilson won the award on Oct. 31 of last season. For the complete release, visit: http://www.ucdavisaggies.com/sports/m-soccer/spec-rel/091117aaa.html.

I'M HONORED: Joining Torres on the Copa de Causeway all-tournament team were teammates Brian Quintero and Miguel Acevedo, giving the Aggies three of the 11 honorees following last weekend's matches against Loyola Marymount and San Diego.

SQUAD GOALS: Last Sunday's 2-1 defeat at the hands of San Diego marked the first time this season that the Aggies did not finish with multiple goals, but it was enough to give UC Davis 13 goals through its first six contests -- the most since the Aggies had the same number through the first six matches of the 2008 season en route to a 5-1 record in those games.

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, the quickest goal scored by an Aggie player this season, and the 12th-fastest goal in the Division I era. Junior Matt Baringer added his name to the list, missing Haupt's mark by a second, when he scored 6:14 into UC Davis' win over Loyola Marymount on Sept. 8, and was followed by Kyle Higgins' goal just 1:48 later, marking the third and fourth times this season that an Aggie has scored in the first 10 minutes of a match.

"BE QUICK – BUT DON'T HURRY": Speaking of Baringer and Higgins, the 1:48 between their two goals against LMU is the smallest margin between goals by an Aggie tandem this season and the sixth-smallest in the program's Division I era. In all, the Aggies have put up back-to-back scores in less than three minutes on four different occasions this season against the Lions, San Francisco (1:51 by Onah Power & Baringer), San Jose State (2:07 by Miguel Acevedo [twice]), and SMU (2:19 by Luke Hazel & Baringer).

"TOP DRAWER" TALENT: UC Davis has four of the top 15 players in the Big West Conference to start the season according to a list of the league's top talent as determined by Top Drawer Soccer. Senior wing Evan Barrett (No. 2), senior forward Kyle Higgins (No. 7), senior midfielder Noah Wilson (No. 11), and junior defender Roy Boateng (No. 14), all rank among the conference's best in the preseason.

RECYCLED NOTES
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.

ABOUT UC DAVIS
Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley. The No. 6-ranked public university in the nation according to the Wall Street Journal, and among the top 10 public universities nationwide according to U.S. News and World Report, UC Davis offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation's best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and plant and animal programs.

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