Sept. 20 at San Diego: L, 1-0
Sept. 22 at Loyola Marymount: T, 1-1 (2OT)
THIS WEEK'S ACTION
UC Davis Aggies (3-4-1)
New Mexico Lobos (4-2-1)
Friday, Sept. 27 - 6:30 p.m. (PT)
UNM Soccer Complex (6,200) - Albuquerque, N.M.
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis will end its current three-match road trip at nationally ranked New Mexico in the Aggies' final event before the start of Big West action Friday evening in Albuquerque. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. (PT), a link for live stats is available at ucdavisaggies.com. Once created by Lobo Athletics, a link to access a live stream of the game will also be available.
ANYONE, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE
UC Davis will face its first nationally ranked team of the season in Albuquerque this Friday against the New Mexico Lobos. In addition to facing one of the most vociferous crowds in the nation, the Aggies will square off against a team ranked No. 25 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, and No. 20 by Soccer America.
IT'S BEEN AWHILE
Since UC Davis and New Mexico faced on another on the pitch as Friday's game will mark just the second head-to-head matchup between the two teams. As was the case with Friday's contest, the last meeting also took place in Albuquerque. On Sept. 18, 2009, UC Davis was narrowly defeated 2-1 by a Lobos team that advanced to the first round of the NCAA College Cup Tournament.
KEEPING IT CONSISTENT
HE SCORES, THEY WIN
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. This season, the Aggies are 3-2 in one-goal games.
On Sept. 15 against San Francisco, junior forward scored his second goal of the season to help his team sweep both matches played that week. Two of the three goals scored by Sheldon this season have been game-winners; his strike was also the difference in UC Davis' home opener against Seattle on Sept. 6.
WEST COAST (CONFERENCE) TOUR
Friday's game at New Mexico is the first against a non-West Coast Conference opponent since the Aggies hosted CSU Bakersfield on Sept. 8. Throughout its two-week stretch of action against the WCC, UC Davis earned its first victory in Moraga against Saint Mary's, faced San Diego, an elite eight team from the 2012 season, collected its first win in recorded history over San Francisco and earned a draw at Loyola Marymount, one of the toughest programs in the conference. Of its four matches played, UC Davis finished with a 2-1-1 mark.
HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT
Senior midfielder Alex Aguiar had led the Aggies' attack this season with 22 shots, a team-high total that also ranks him tied for third among Big West players.
SCOUTING NEW MEXICO
Even though the New Mexico Lobos enters Friday's match with a 4-2-1 record, the team has suffered both losses on its home field. In its last two matched played at UNM Soccer Complex against then-No. 11 Cal State Northridge and Drake on Sept. 15 and 20 respectively, the Lobos suffered one-goal losses on each occasion.
The Aggies are the third Big West team on New Mexico's schedule this season; in addition to facing CSUN, UNM traveled to Santa Barbara last Monday and defeated the host Gauchos 1-0.
As is the case with UC Davis, New Mexico will compete in its final match before beginning its Conference-USA schedule Monday at Marshall.
Junior forward James Rogers and freshman midfielder Niko Hansen have recorded a majority of the Lobos' 13 goals with each finding the back of the net on four occasions this year. Senior midfielder Michael Calderon sits one goal behind the pair with junior defender Riley McGovern and freshman defender Nicholas Rochowski completing the list of Lobos goal scorers with one each.
Senior goalkeeper Michael Lisch has earned nine saves, allowed six goals and holds a 0.83 goals against average.
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
On Sept. 12, 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 match against San Francisco where each team recorded seven shots apiece, UC Davis has out shot all of its opponents this season. UC Davis' opponents have taken more than 50 fewer shots (74) compared to an Aggies squad that has recorded 128.
This season, UC Davis men's soccer is:
0-0 against Big West teams
2-1 at home
1-3-1 on the road
0-0 in neutral site matches
0-0 against ranked opponents
3-4 in shutouts
3-2 in matches decided by one goal
0-2 in matches decided by two goals
0-0 in matches decided by three or more goals
0-0-1 in overtime
3-0-1 when UC Davis scores first
0-4 when opponents score first
3-0 leading at halftime
0-2 trailing at halftime
0-2-1 tied at halftime
2-4-1 when the Aggies outshoot opponents
0-0 when opponents outshoot the Aggies
1-0 when shots are tied
1-4 when the Aggies take more corner kicks
1-0-1 when opponents take more corner kicks than the Aggies
1-0 equal number or corner kicks
2-1 when the Aggies commit more fouls
1-3-1 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: 128 (2)
Points: 11 (8)
Goals: 4 (T-7)
Goals Per Game: 0.50 (8)
Assists: 3 (8)
Assists Per Game: 0.38 (8)
Goals Allowed: 7 (3)
Goals Against Average: 0.85 (2)
Saves: 20 (6)
Shutouts: 3 (T-2)
Fouls: 86 (7)
Corners: 58 (1)
Offsides: 11 (T-6)
Entering this week's action, numerous Aggies possess top 10 totals in the Big West (rankings in parentheses):
Shots: Alex Aguiar - 22 (T-3); Ryan Gross, Matt Sheldon - 16 (T-10)
Shots Per Game: Alex Aguiar - 2.75 (6)
Goals: Matt Sheldon - 3 (T-6)
Goals Per Game: Matt Sheldon - 0.38 (T-10)
Game-Winning Goals: Matt Sheldon - 2 (T-2)
Goals Against Average: Omar Zeenni - 0.85 (3)
Save Percentage: Omar Zeenni - .741 (4)
Saves: Omar Zeenni - 20 (6)
Saves Per Game: Omar Zeenni - 2.50 (7)
Shutouts: Omar Zeenni - 3 (T-2)
Shutouts Per Game: Omar Zeenni - 0.38 (T-2)
CONTINUING HIS CLIMB
With his back-to-back shutout efforts at Saint Mary's (9/12) and San Francisco (9/15), 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, its final non-conference home match.
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
UC Davis will open its league schedule with back-to-back home contests on:
Friday, Oct. 4: vs. UC Irvine - 4 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 6: vs. Cal State Northridge - 3 p.m.