Sept. 18, 2013
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Sept. 12 at Saint Mary's: W, 1-0
Sept. 15 vs. San Francisco: W, 1-0
THIS WEEK'S ACTION
UC Davis Aggies (3-3-0)
San Diego Toreros (1-3-1)
DAVIS, Calif. - Earning victories last week against Saint Mary's and San Francisco, UC Davis will seek a sweep of its four straight matches against teams from the West Coast Conference when the Aggies travel to San Diego and Loyola Marymount this Friday and Sunday, respectively. Links for live stats and a video stream for each match are available at ucdavisaggies.com.
ONE AND YOU'RE DONE
Last week, UC Davis swept its schedule by recording back-to-back 1-0 victories over Saint Mary's and San Francisco to even its overall record to 3-3. In their home opener, the Aggies posted the first win of the season, also by a 1-0 margin.
This season, UC Davis is 3-1 in one-goal games.
KEEPING IT CONSISTENT
Last season, one where UC Davis finished as regular season champions, the Aggies went 7-4 in the 11 one-goal games that took place throughout the year.
HE SCORES, THEY WIN
On Sept. 15 against San Francisco, junior forward scored his second goal of the season to help his team sweep both matches played last week. Both goals scored by Sheldon this season have been game-winners; his goal was the difference in UC Davis' home opener against Seattle on Sept. 6.
WEST COAST (CONFERENCE) TOUR
Last Thursday, at Saint Mary's, UC Davis began a stretch of its schedule that features four consecutive matches against teams from the West Coast Conference. UC Davis followed its 1-0 victory against the Gaels with another win, by the exact same score, against San Francisco three days later.
The Aggies' block of WCC action will continue Friday, at San Diego, before ending Sunday at Loyola Marymount.
HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT
Senior midfielder Alex Aguiar had led the Aggies' attack this season with 17 shots, a team-high total that also ranks him fifth among Big West players.
SCOUTING SAN DIEGO
San Diego enters Friday's contest with a 1-3-1 overall record after falling to No. 14 UCLA 3-2 in overtime, and battling UC Riverside to a scoreless draw last week.
Prior to its overtime results earned last week, USD defeated Cal State Fullerton 3-2 in double overtime the week before to earn its only win. Outside of its 5-0, season-opening loss to San Diego State, every Torero outcome was decided by one goal, or in the case of its scoreless draw, less.
Friday's contest is the penultimate non-conference match prior to the start of West Coast Conference action, as USD will host Sacramento State Sunday afternoon before commencing its conference schedule in early October.
Compared to the 12 goals the Toreros have allowed to their opponents this season, six USD players have scored one goal each and are collectively responsible for the team's offense this season.
Senior goalkeeper Michael D'Arrigo will most likely start for the Toreros against the Aggies; in addition to his 15 saves, he also possesses a 1.49 goals against average.
In its only previously played match against one another, UC Davis defeated San Diego, 2-1, in 2008, in a contest that also took place at Torero Stadium.
SCOUTING LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
UC Davis will complete its slate of West Coast Conference action Sunday afternoon, in Los Angeles, against the LMU Lions.
Starting its season with back-to-back victories against Florida International and Cal State Fullerton, LMU split its games played last week during its East Coast trip. The Lions won their third straight game after defeating Colgate, 2-1, then fell to Cornell, 1-0, before returning to campus.
As is the case with the San Diego Toreros, Sunday's match is the second occasion where the Aggies and Lions faced one another. In its first head-to-head meeting versus UC Davis, LMU earned a 1-0, home victory in overtime in the inaugural week of its 1994 season.
Throughout their first four games, the Lions have recorded nearly twice as many shots (60-39), and almost three times as many corner kicks (30-11) than their opponents. Of its six goals scored, LMU found the back of the net three times in each half. Collectively, opponents have only scored three goals against the Lions.
Just like San Diego, six different Lions are responsible for one goal each.
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
Last Thursday, UC Davis earned its first victory in Moraga, Calif., with its 1-0 win at Saint Mary's. The victory evened the all-time series to 4-4-2 and gave the Aggies their first victory over the Gaels since 2010.
ZEENNI AMONG THE BIG WEST'S BEST
Senior goalkeeper Omar Zeenni is on the verge of etching his name on his second Big West career top 10 lists. He enters this weekend already ranked No. 9 all-time with a 0.98 career goals against average and needs another two shutouts to earn a spot on that list.
KEEPING `KEEPERS ON THEIR TOES
Outside of its last match played versus San Francisco, a match where each team recorded seven shots apiece, UC Davis has out shot all of its opponents this season. UC Davis' opponents have taken nearly half as many shots (56) compared to an Aggies squad that has recorded exactly 100 shots so far this year.
This season, UC Davis men's soccer is:
0-0 against Big West teams
2-1 at home
1-2 on the road
0-0 in neutral site matches
0-0 against ranked opponents
3-3 in shutouts
3-1 in matches decided by one goal
0-2 in matches decided by two goals
0-0 in matches decided by three or more goals
0-0 in overtime
3-0 when UC Davis scores first
0-3 when opponents score first
3-0 leading at halftime
0-2 trailing at halftime
0-1 tied at halftime
2-3 when the Aggies outshoot opponents
0-0 when opponents outshoot the Aggies
1-0 when shots are tied
1-3 when the Aggies take more corner kicks
1-0 when opponents take more corner kicks than the Aggies
1-0 equal number or corner kicks
2-1 when the Aggies commit more fouls
1-2 when opponents commit more fouls
0-0 equal number of fouls
DISSECTING THE NUMBERS
Compared to their Big West counterparts, the Aggies possess the following totals (rankings in parentheses):
Shots: 100 (2)
Goals Against Average: 0.83 (3)
Saves: 16 (T-4)
Shutouts: 3 (T-2)
Corners: 43 (1)
Offsides: 8 (6)
Entering this week's action, numerous Aggies possess top-10 totals in the Big West (rankings in parentheses)
Shots: Alex Aguiar - 17 (5); Ryan Gross, Matt Sheldon - 13 (T-9)
Shots Per Game: Alex Aguiar - 2.83 (7)
Goals: Matt Sheldon - 2 (T-7)
Goals Per Game: Matt Sheldon - 0.33 (T-8)
Game-Winning Goals: Matt Sheldon - 2 (T-2) ; Ryan Gross - 1 (T-5)
Goals Against Average: Omar Zeenni - 0.83 (4)
Save Percentage: Omar Zeenni - .762 (4)
Saves: Omar Zeenni - 16 (4)
Saves Per Game: Omar Zeenni - 2.67 (6)
Shutouts: Omar Zeenni - 3 (T-2)
Shutouts Per Game: Omar Zeenni - 0.50 (T-2)
CONTINUING HIS CLIMB
With his back-to-back shutout efforts last week, senior goalkeeper Omar Zeenni is now No. 2 all time with 16 shutouts. Zeenni sits one shutout shy of matching the program record of 17 held by Nic Platter (2000-03).
THE NEEDLE NOW POINTS IN OUR DIRECTION
By defeating Seattle in its season opener, UC Davis now holds the all-time series lead at 3-2-1. UC Davis and Seattle fought to a 1-1 tie in their last head-to-head meeting in 2011, a match that also took place at Aggie Soccer Field.
Other Aggie victories over the Redhawks took place in 2002 and 2003.
MAKING HIS MARK IN THE BIG WEST CONFERENCE
Perhaps the top returning netminder in the Big West is senior Omar Zeenni. An All-Big West Second Team selection in 2012, Zeenni recorded an impressive 0.91 goals against average with six shutouts. He enters his senior year tied for ninth in Big West annals with a 1.00 career GAA. As long as he stays healthy, Zeenni should break into the Big West top 10 in shutouts, goalie minutes and matches in goal by season's end.
DEFENDING REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONS PICKED SECOND IN PRESEASON POLL
Despite three first-place votes, the UC Davis men's soccer team was picked to finish second in the North Division in the Big West Preseason Coaches Poll, the league announced on Thursday.
The Aggies received three of the eight potential first-place votes and picked up 23 total points, but UC Santa Barbara narrowly edged them out with five first-place votes and 25 points. Cal Poly checked in third in the North Division with 21 points and Sacramento State was last with 11.
UC Davis claimed the program's first Big West regular season title in 2012 as they bested their North Division competition with a 7-3-0 conference record.
In the South Division, defending Big West Tournament champion Cal State Northridge came in first with six first-place votes and a league-high 30 points. UC Irvine was picked to finish second with one first-place vote and 21 total points. Cal State Fullerton also picked up a first-place vote but came in third with 16 points and UC Riverside was last with 13 points.
THE SEASON BEFORE THE SEASON
UC Davis will host three non-conference matches before hosting UC Irvine in its inaugural Big West contest of the year. After hosting Seattle and CSU Bakersfield, on Sept. 6 and 8 respectively as part of the Copa de Causeway, UC Davis will battle San Francisco, at Aggie Soccer Field, on Sunday, Sept. 15. All home non-conference matches will kickoff at 5 p.m.
Just like the 2012 campaign, UC Davis will compete in six road events before facing the Anteaters; this year, the Aggies will travel to Portland (Aug. 30), Oregon State (Sept. 1), Saint Mary's (Sept. 12), San Diego (Sept. 20), Loyola Marymount (Sept. 22) and New Mexico (Sept. 27).
TRULY A TEAM EFFORT
UC Davis finished a 10-7-4 record last season, marking the first time since 2008 that the program collected double-digit victories. The Aggies managed that without a go-to scorer, as four different players tied for the team lead with three goals apiece.
A CLOSER LOOK AT THE AGGIES' ROSTER
Included below is a breakdown of UC Davis' 2013 roster by class, primary position and geography.
Freshmen (9): Ryan Caro, Kirk Kappelhoff, Justin Kitts, Dashiell MacNamara, Logan Magonigal, Armando Quezada, Isaac Stuart, Spencer Williams, Connor Willis-Hong
Sophomores (6): Eric Budniewski, Ryan Gross, Hoshang Hatifie, Lucas Mohageg, John Piasta, Kris Schultz
Juniors (8): Andre Brown, Brian Ford, Eddie Manella, Ramon Martin Del Campo, Sam Hoeck, Ian Palmer, Matt Sheldon, Matt Wiesenfarth
Seniors (7): Alex Aguiar, Michael Garrick, Nick Grigoriev, Alex Henry, Elliott Hord, Kevin Schulte, Omar Zeenni
Goalkeepers (4): John Piasta, Armando Quezada, Kris Schultz, Omar Zeenni
Defenders (9): Brian Ford, Ryan Gross, Alex Henry, Sam Hoeck, Ramon Martin Del Campo, Lucas Mohageg, Ian Palmer, Spencer Williams, Connor Willis-Hong
Midfielders (12): Alex Aguiar, Andre Brown, Eric Budniewski, Ryan Caro, Hoshang Hatifie, Elliott Hord, Kirk Kappelhoff, Justin Kitts, Logan Magonigal, Eddie Manella, Kevin Schulte, Isaac Stuart
Forwards (5): Michael Garrick, Nick Grigoriev, Dashiell MacNamara, Matt Sheldon, Matt Wiesenfarth
California (28): Alex Aguiar, Andre Brown, Eric Budniewski, Ryan Caro, Brian Ford, Michael Garrick, Nick Grigoriev, Ryan Gross, Hoshang Hatifie, Alex Henry, Sam Hoeck, Elliott Hord, Justin Kitts, Dashiell MacNamara, Eddie Manella, Logan Magonigal, Ramon Martin Del Campo, Lucas Mohageg, Ian Palmer, John Piasta, Armando Quezada, Kevin Schulte, Kris Schultz, Isaac Stuart, Matt Wiesenfarth, Spencer Williams, Connor Willis-Hong, Omar Zeenni
Australia (1): Kirk Kappelhoff
Oregon (1): Matt Sheldon
Upcoming matches involving UC Davis men's soccer include:
Friday, Sept. 27: at New Mexico - 6 p.m.