Men's Soccer Opens Big West Conference Action

Matt Sheldon has two assists on the year to go with 12 shots. (Wayne Tilcock)
 
Matt Sheldon has two assists on the year to go with 12 shots. (Wayne Tilcock)
 

Sept. 27, 2012

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UC DAVIS OPENS BIG WEST PLAY
• The UC Davis men's soccer team returns to the road to open Big West Conference play against Cal State Northridge and UC Irvine.
• The Aggies will first face Cal State Northridge on Friday at 7 p.m. at Matador Soccer Field before taking on UC Irvine in a 4 p.m. contest on Sunday at Anteater Stadium.

FOLLOW THE AGGIES LIVE
• Friday's game against Cal State Northridge will feature a live audio broadcast as well as live stats... Visit www.gomatadors.com or ucdavisaggies.com to access the links.
• Live stats will be available for Sunday's match at UC Irvine... Visit www.ucdavisaggies.com or ucirvinesports.com to access the link.

SCOUTING CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
• The Matadors are riding a four-game winning streak after a convincing 5-0 win at San Diego and a 2-0 victory against Air Force.
• During the streak, Cal State Northridge has outscored opponents 14-1.
• Sophomore Sagi Lev-Ari is the conference's leading scorer and earned Big West Offensive Player of the Week honors after scoring three goals in the Matadors' wins last week... He has nine goals on the year, ranking him second nationally.
• Edwin Rivas and Beto Velasquez have each netted five goals while Carlos Benavides has a league-leading five assists.
• Head coach Terry Davila begins his 14th season at Cal State Northridge.

ALL-TIME AGAINST CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
• Since first meeting in 2005, UC Davis owns a 7-3-2 record against Cal State Northridge.
• Last season, UC Davis split with Cal State Northridge... The Matadors won 3-0 in Davis on Sept. 28 before the Aggies claimed a 2-1 overtime win on Oct. 15.
• The Matadors' 3-0 victory was the first win over UC Davis since the 2005 season when Cal State Northridge swept the Aggies.

SCOUTING UC IRVINE
• UC Irvine returns home for the first time since Sept. 7 to host UC Davis... During the five-game road trip the Anteaters posted a 0-4-1 record... The Anteaters also dropped a 2-0 decision to Stanford on Sept. 7 and are winless over the last six games.
• Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Michael Breslin has 42 saves - including 22 in the last three matches - on the year which leads the Big West and ranks him 17th in Div. I.
• Gor Kirakosyan and Cameron Iwasa have each scored three goals for the Anteaters... Kirakosyan also has two assists to his credit.
• UC Irvine was picked to finish first in the Big West South Division while senior defender Everett Pitts and junior midfielder Christopher Santana were preseason picks.

ALL-TIME AGAINST UC IRVINE
• UC Davis is 5-6-3 against UC Irvine after claiming a 2-0 win over the Anteaters in 2011... UC Irvine was ranked seventh in the country at the time.
• Four of UC Davis' five wins have come at Anteater Stadium.

SAINT MARY'S 2, UC DAVIS 0 (SEPT. 22)
• Despite outshooting Saint Mary's 15-7, UC Davis could not find the back of the net and suffered a 2-0 loss at Aggie Stadium in the nonconference finale.
• UC Davis put up 11 shots in the first half, including five in the first 25 minutes of the game.
• The Aggies also won six corner kicks and did not allow an SMC corner.
• Saint Mary's took a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute, then scored again in the 53rd minute.

NEW AND IMPROVED
• The addition of Sacramento State to the Big West Conference as an affiliate member for men's soccer has resulted in a few changes to the conference schedule.
• For the first time ever, each school will play a 10-game conference schedule.
• The league is divided into two divisions - North and South.
• UC Davis is part of the North Division with Sacramento State, Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara and will play each team twice... The Aggies will also play each South Division team once.

HOME SWEET HOME
• After playing just two home games in September, UC Davis will host five opponents at Aggie Soccer Field during October.
• After the weekend trip to Southern Calif., UC Davis will host three straight Big West Conference matches.
• The Aggies have played just three total home games in 2012 and own a 1-2 record... They have played twice as many road games and are 1-1-4.

LET'S GET IT STARTED
• UC Davis is 1-3-1 in Big West Conference openers with the lone victory coming at UC Irvine on Sept. 30, 2009... UC Davis took a 2-1 overtime victory.
• The Aggies have also been outscored 11-4 in Big West Conference openers.
• UC Davis has opened league play at home just twice... The Aggies hosted UC Santa Barbara in 2007, losing 4-0... UC Davis also dropped a 3-0 decision to Cal State Northridge to open the 2011 Big West campaign.

COMING UP NEXT
• UC Davis returns home for three straight matches, hosting UC Riverside on Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. and Cal State Fullerton on Oct. 7 at 3 p.m.