UC Davis (4-5-2, 1-0-1 Big West) at Cal State Fullerton (6-4-1, 1-1 Big West)
Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 | 7:00 p.m. | Titan Stadium | Fullerton, Calif.
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UC Davis (4-5-2, 1-0-1 Big West) at UC Riverside (0-9, 0-2 Big West)
Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 | 7:00 p.m. | UCR Soccer Stadium | Riverside, Calif.
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KICK OFF: Unbeaten in its last three matches, the UC Davis men's soccer team looks to keep its streak alive in Southern California this weekend, wrapping up play against the Big West Conference South Division with contests at Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside. The Aggies and Titans kick-off the week on Thursday (Oct. 5) at Titan Stadium, before UC Davis heads to the Inland Empire to take on the Highlanders on Saturday (Oct. 7). Both matches are scheduled to kick-off at 7 p.m. at their respective sites.
IN THE RANKINGS: UC Davis, Cal State Fullerton, and UC Riverside, are unranked in the national polls this week.
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SCOUTING THE TITANS: Winners of two of the last three Big West Conference Tournament titles, Cal State Fullerton enters the week with a 6-4-1 overall record and a 1-1 mark in league play to currently stand atop the South Division... The Titans split during their opening weekend of conference play, falling in a wild shootout in Santa Barbara (5-2) before shutting out Cal Poly (1-0)... Fullerton is 3-1-1 at home this season and is unbeaten (2-0-1) in its last three at Titan Stadium... Junior midfielder Ross McPhie leads the team in scoring with five goals and 11 points, while standing second on the team with 20 shots... Sophomores Paul-Andre Guerin and Alfredo Cortez have split time in net, with Cortez leading the team with a 1.34 goals against average and 17 saves, while Guerin has three of the team's five shutouts.
SERIES NOTES: Cal State Fullerton leads the all-time series with UC Davis, 9-8-4, including a 1-1 draw that was decided on penalty kicks in the first round of last year's conference tournament... The Aggies handed the Titans a, 3-0, defeat during the regular season in 2016, snapping a two-match losing skid in the series... UC Davis is 2-5-2 on the road against Fullerton, going winless (0-4-1) in its last five trips to north Orange County dating back to a 1-0 win on Oct. 8, 2008.
SCOUTING THE HIGHLANDERS: UC Riverside limps into the weekend looking for its first win of the season, posting an 0-9 overall record and an 0-2 mark in Big West play after being swept by Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara by identical 3-1 scores... The Highlanders have lost 15 straight dating back to the final six matches of the 2016 campaign and hosts Sacramento State on Thursday before taking on the Aggies... Sophomore forward Anthony Lopez leads the team in scoring with two goals and six points on the year, while junior forward Antonio Lokossou has also scored twice... Senior goalkeeper Vincent Morales has played every minute in net for the Highlanders this season, posting a 2.41 goals against average and 43 saves.
SERIES NOTES: UC Davis leads the all-time series with UC Riverside, 15-4-1, after the Highlanders posted a 2-1 win in Northern California last season... The loss snapped a seven-match unbeaten streak for the Aggies from 2011-15, including wins in five straight... Of UC Davis' 15 wins in the series, 10 of those have come at home as the Aggies are just 5-3-1 on the road against UCR.
NORTH VERSUS SOUTH: With two matches against the Big West's South Division remaining for the Aggies, UC Davis looks to continue its share of success against its inter-division rivals. Thanks to a win and a draw during the opening weekend, the Aggies' 11 wins and .614 winning percentage rank second among league schools against the opposite division, trailing only UC Santa Barbara and its 17-2-3 mark against the South since divisional play began in 2012. Overall, the North holds a stiff advantage over the South, posting a 47-30-11 record in inter-division play.
KIBUNGUCHY NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Spearheading a defense that allowed only one goal during the Big West's opening weekend, redshirt freshman Nabi Kibunguchy was named the Big West Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 2, joining teammate Lizandro Torres as Aggie weekly award winners this season. The first UC Davis defensive player to win the award since Roy Boateng did so on Aug. 29, 2016, Kibunguchy helped the Aggies get off to their first unbeaten start in league play for the first time since 2012. For the complete release, visit: http://www.ucdavisaggies.com/sports/m-soccer/spec-rel/100217aaa.html.
YOU GET NOTHING!: Sophomore goalkeeper Wallis Lapsley finished with four saves and the Aggies' defense limited UC Irvine to just eight shots overall en route to UC Davis' first shutout of the year in the 10th match of the year, and the team's first clean sheet since the Aggies posted a 1-0 victory at UC Santa Barbara on Oct. 30, 2016. The 10 matches is the longest shutout "drought" for UC Davis since it took them 10 matches to post its first in a 3-0 win over Cal State Hayward (now Cal State East Bay) on Oct. 6, 1990.
TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT: The 21 shots attempted against CSUN on Sept. 30 were a season-high for the Aggies and marked the ninth time in 11 matches that they have reached double figures in that category this season. The total was the highest since UC Davis finished with 24 shots against UC Riverside on Oct. 6, 2016.
ACEVEDO'S BIG WEEK: Senior Miguel Acevedo played a key role in the Aggies' strong Big West start, notching a point in each of last week's matches against UC Irvine and CSUN to move into a tie for the team lead in scoring alongside teammate Matt Baringer with three goals and two assists. Acevedo, who earlier this season scored twice at San Jose State on Sept. 1, assisted on Adam Mickelson's second-half goal against the Anteaters, then scored from the penalty spot late in regulation two days later in the Aggies' 1-1 draw against the Matadors. The three goals this season are a career high, while his two assists and eight total points in 2017 match his career totals from his previous three seasons combined.
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING: Junior Justin Wright and sophomore Adam Mickelson became the 10th and 11th different Aggies to find the back of the net this season in UC Davis' win over UC Irvine, the former collecting his first goal of the season in his first match of the year after missing the first nine games due to injury. Mickelson, meanwhile, collected three points on the day, adding an assist on Wright's game winner to his first career goal in the second half against the Anteaters, becoming the fifth different player to score his first career goal this season and the fourth Aggies with at least three points in a match in 2017.
A LITTLE SOMETHING EXTRA: UC Davis' draw against CSUN last week to close out opening weekend marked the Aggies' second overtime contest of the year following their 1-1 draw with Saint Mary's back on Sept. 21. UC Davis is now 0-0-3 in its last three overtime matches dating back to last year's season finale and moved the Aggies to a combined 19-18-35 in overtime dating back to the 2007 season. UC Davis' last overtime win came in a 2-1 decision over the Gaels on Sept. 22, 2016 -- the last in a run of nine consecutive unbeaten overtime results (4-0-5) dating back to 2015.
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).