Sept. 13, 2012
AGGIES COMPETE AT SMU CLASSIC
The UC Davis men's soccer team returns to the road, traveling to Dallas to participate in the SMU Classic Presented by Jason's Deli.
The Aggies will first face off against Tulsa on Friday at 3 p.m. PT on Westcott Field before taking on host SMU on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. PT.
FOLLOW THE AGGIES LIVE
Gametracker live stats will be available for both contests... Visit ucdavisaggies.com to access the links.
Sunday's match against SMU will feature a live video stream that can be accessed for a subscription fee... Visit smumustangs.com for more information.
Tulsa is 3-2 on the year after a 1-0 loss to 14th-ranked UCLA on Sept. 7... The Hurricane rebounded with a 3-0 win at Loyola Marymount on Sept. 9... Tulsa has also faced No. 3 New Mexico, claiming a 2-1 overtime victory, and fourth-ranked South Florida (2-1 loss) in 2012.
Freshman Bryce Follensbee leads the Hurricane offensively with three goals and an assist in five matches... Fellow freshman Cristian Mata has also scored three goals for Tulsa.
Senior goalkeeper Mark Pais, a transfer from Saint Louis University, is in his first season with Tulsa and owns an 0.80 goals against average, allowing just four goals in five games... He has also posted two shutouts.
Tulsa's roster boasts 10 newcomers and eight returning starters.
Head coach Tom McIntosh is in his 18th year with the Hurricane.
ALL-TIME AGAINST TULSA
This is the first meeting between UC Davis and Tulsa.
SMU owns a 2-2-1 record after posting back-to-back wins against Dartmouth (2-1) and Harvard (3-2; 2OT) last weekend... The Mustangs have also faced two top-five teams in then-No. 4 USF (1-0 loss) and then-No. 3 New Mexico (3-1 loss).
Tyler Engel was named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the week after scoring both game-winning goals against Dartmouth and Harvard... They were the sophomore's first two goals of the year... He also has three assists in 2012.
Goalkeeper Jaime Ibarra has recorded 30 saves on the year, tying him for eighth nationally.
Head coach Tim McClements is in his fourth season with the Mustangs.
UCF 3, UC DAVIS 1 (SEPT. 9)
Pat Reese gave UC Davis an early 1-0 lead, but UCF tied the game in the 70th minute, then scored twice in the final six minutes of action for a 3-1 win.
Reese's goal in the 20th minute came off a dual assist from Eric Budniewski and Ryan Gross... Budniewski slotted a pass in between two defenders to Gross, who ran around the UCF defense and one-touched a cross on the ground across the middle of the goal... Reese was waiting to strike the ball home.
It was the first loss of 2012 for UC Davis.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
After a brief break to host UCF on Sept. 9, UC Davis is off for another road trip and will play four of the next five games away from Davis.
Prior to hosting UCF, UC Davis had played four straight road games and compiled a 0-0-4 record.
After returning from Dallas, the Aggies will host Saint Mary's on Sept. 22 to close out nonconference play.
The Aggies will play just two home games in September.
HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF?
The 2011 season featured 11 overtime games which tied an NCAA Div. I record.
With four consecutive OT games in 2012 and 13 games left in the season, UC Davis could match or surpass that mark this year.
UC Davis played over 136 minutes of OT in 2011 which equates to an entire regulation game plus 46 minutes.
So far in 2012, the Aggies have played nearly an entire extra game's worth of OT, racking up 80 overtime minutes for a total of 620 minutes.
He was sidelined by injury for the past two seasons after redshirting in 2009, but Pat Reese has returned to the Aggie men's soccer team in strong fashion.
Reese leads the team offensively with two goals and has appeared in all six matches, making two starts.
He scored the Aggies' lone goal of the game on Sept. 9 against UCF... He also scored the only Aggie goal against Denver in a 1-1 double overtime tie on Sept. 2.
THE TYING GAME
With four ties to start the 2012 season, UC Davis has set a program record for consecutive ties.
The UC Davis record for consecutive ties was two which has happened twice in program history... The Aggies last tied two games in a row during the 2003 season.
The Aggies have also matched a single-season mark for most ties in a season... The record was also achieved in 2011, 2008 and 2003 seasons.
COMING UP NEXT
The Aggies return home to close out the nonconference portion of the schedule when they host Saint Mary's on Sept. 22 at 4 p.m.