South division rivals Riverside, Fullerton visit Davis

Junior Evan Barrett netted his first goal of the season to give the Aggies an early lead at UC Irvine last week. (Photo by Wayne Tilcock/Davis Enterprise)
Oct. 4, 2016

THIS WEEK...
MATCH 12: UC Riverside (6-4-1, 1-0-1) at UC Davis (5-4-2, 1-1)
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016
1:30 p.m.
Aggie Soccer Field
Davis, Calif.
Game Coverage: Live Stats | Video | UC Davis Notes | UC Riverside Men's Soccer

MATCH 13: Cal State Fullerton (5-6, 1-1) at UC Davis (5-4-2, 1-1)
Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016
1:00 p.m.
Aggie Soccer Field
Davis, Calif.
Game Coverage: Live Stats | Video | Cal State Fullerton Men's Soccer

OPENING WHISTLE: With Big West Conference play in full swing, the UC Davis men’s soccer team (5-4-2, 1-1) closes out its round-robin trip through the league’s South Division this week, welcoming UC Riverside and two-time defending Big West Tournament champion Cal State Fullerton for a pair of matinees at the Aggie Soccer Field. The Aggies and Highlanders clash on Thursday (Oct. 6) at 1:30 p.m., in the first of a doubleheader with the women’s team, before hosting the Titans on Saturday (Oct. 8) at 1 p.m.

IN THE POLLS: Neither UC Davis, UC Riverside, nor Cal State Fullerton, are ranked among the nation’s top 25 entering this week’s contests.

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UC RIVERSIDE BRIEFLY: The Highlanders enter the week with a 6-4-1 overall record and a 1-0-1 mark in Big West Conference play -- off to its best league start in program history -- and are 4-1-1 in their last six contests... UC Riverside posted a 2-2 draw with UC Santa Barbara and a 1-0 shutout of Cal Poly in its Big West openers last week at home, improving the Highlanders to 4-0-1 on their home field this season... However, Riverside is just 1-4 in road contests... Romario Lomeli and Antonio Lokossou share the team lead with three goals apiece, but Lomeli has assisted on a third of the team’s goals this year, leading the way with six... Goalkeeper Vincent Morales has played every minute of the team’s 11 matches in net this season, posting a 1.45 goals against average and 60 saves to go with three shutouts.

VERSUS THE HIGHLANDERS: According to records that date back to 2004, the Aggies have dominated the series with the Highlanders, posting a 15-3-1 record against UCR in that span... UC Davis is unbeaten in its last seven meetings (6-0-1) with Riverside -- including five straight victories... The Highlanders’ last win in the series came on Nov. 3, 2010, in a 1-0 shutout in the Inland Empire... Each of the Aggies’ last two wins have been by shutout, and they have outscored Riverside, 11-2, during their recent seven-match run... Since 2004, UC Davis has never lost at home to UCR, posting a perfect 10-0 record.

CAL STATE FULLERTON BRIEFLY: The Titans enter the week with a 5-6 overall record and a 1-1 mark in Big West Conference play after splitting with Cal Poly (W, 2-1) and UC Santa Barbara (L, 2-1 in overtime) last week... Fullerton, which is 2-3 on the road this season, has lost three of its last four after rattling off three straight wins to open the month of September... Senior defender Alex Heilmann has nearly half of the team’s goals this season, leading the way with seven on just 13 shots, while three of his teammates have scored twice... Freshman Paul-Andre Guerin has posted a 1.10 goals against average in eight starts this season (736 minutes) to go with 19 saves and a pair of shutouts.

VERSUS THE TITANS: Cal State Fullerton leads the all-time series with UC Davis, 9-7-3, having won the last two meetings, and three of the last four overall... All three of those losses have been by a single goal... The Aggies’ last win in the series came on Oct. 2, 2014, when they posted a 3-1 win at home... UC Davis is 5-4-2 at home against Fullerton according to records that date back to 2004... The two programs have gone to overtime six times in the history of the series -- the fourth-most of any Big West opponent -- with the Aggies posting a 1-2-3 record in those contests.

WHERE THERE’S A WILSON, THERE’S A WAY: Junior Noah Wilson has caught fire offensively as of late, scoring twice and tallying an assist in the Aggies’ Big West openers at CSUN and UC Irvine last week. The performance moved the Petaluma, Calif., native into the team lead with four goals and 10 points, while ranking second on the team with 21 shots. Wilson enters the week ranked tied for ninth in the league in shots, tied for seventh in points, ninth in points per game (0.91), tied for fifth in goals, eighth in goals per game (0.36), and tied for 10th in assists.

MAKING HIS POINT: Wilson’s goal and assist at UC Irvine marked his second three-point night of the season after doing so at CSU Bakersfield on Sept. 15, and now gives the junior a goal in three of the team’s last four matches, and four of the last six.

PENALTY PERFECT: Junior Noah Wilson’s successful penalty that halved the Aggies’ deficit at CSUN last week and broke up a Matador shutout kept UC Davis’ perfect record in that category intact, improving the Aggies to 4-for-4 from the penalty spot this season. It was Wilson’s second successful penalty of the year, joining sophomore teammate Kristian Heptner, who also has two. UC Davis is a combined 19-for-27 (.704) in penalties during the program’s Division I Era, while the four makes this season stand second only to the five made (in six attempts) during the 2007 campaign in that span.

RHODE TO VICTORY: Two career goals, two career game-winners for junior defender Chase Rhode, who put back a rebound of a Kristian Heptner shot to move the Aggies ahead of UC Irvine, 3-2, in the 67th minute. The strike came just a week after the North Carolina native tallied his first career goal in overtime to lift UC Davis past Saint Mary’s at home on Sept. 22. His two game-winning goals have him tied with Heptner and five other players for second in the Big West behind Sacramento State’s Alex Bettencourt, who has three game-winners on the season.

QUICK LIKE A BARRETT: Junior Evan Barrett wasted very little time in getting UC Davis on the board in the team’s win at UC Irvine on Oct. 1, scoring just 6:44 into the match for a 1-0 Anteater lead. It was the second-fastest goal by an Aggie this season behind only Matt Baringer’s goal just 4:36 into the match at CSU Bakersfield on Sept. 15, and is one of only 19 goals scored in the first 10 minutes of a match by a UC Davis player in the program’s Division I Era, ranking 14th on that list.

STINGY: The 12 goals allowed by the UC Davis defense through 11 matches are the fewest in the Big West Conference entering the week, matching Cal Poly’s 12 goals allowed, but in only nine matches for them thus far.

LAST MAN STANDING: And he’s been standing a looooong time. Sophomore defender Roy Boateng is the only Aggie to play in every minute this season... all 1034:31 of them. It continues an impressive trend for Boateng, who has played every minute of every match for UC Davis since coming off the bench and playing 13 minutes in the 2015 season opener at Seattle, continuing an “Ironman” streak that has reached 3,049 minutes and 43 seconds entering this week’s contests.

SHAFFER’S MARCH TO 200: Now in his 20th season at the helm of the Aggie program, UC Davis Head Coach Dwayne Shaffer enters 2016 just seven wins shy No. 200 for his Division I coaching career, carrying a 194-159-49 (.544) record in 20 seasons -- 187 of those coming in his 19-plus years at UC Davis -- when you include his one year at Dayton. Overall, Shaffer has accumulated a total of 246 wins as a head coach at UC Davis (19 years), Dayton (one year), and Santa Rosa JC (four years).

TWO FOR THE WIN: A 3-2 win at UC Irvine on Oct. 1 gave the Aggies their 13th straight win when scoring two (or more) goals dating back to a, 3-2, overtime defeat at the hands of Sacramento State on Nov. 1, 2014.

EXTRA EFFORT: UC Davis is unbeaten in three overtime contests this season (1-0-2), extending its unblemished run in such contests to its last nine OT matches (4-0-5) dating back to last season. The Aggies haven’t lost an overtime decision since falling, 2-1, in double overtime at San Jose State last year on Sept. 16.

THE WHOLE WORLD, IN HIS HANDS: With his seven saves against Saint Mary’s and Utah Valley, senior Armando Quezada became only the third goalkeeper in the program’s Division I history to eclipse the century mark in that category, as his 106 stops entering this week stand behind only Omar Zeenni (220 from 2010-13) and Ryan McCowan (166 from 2007-10) on that list.

QUE-”NADA” IN NET: The white-washing of Portland on Sept. 18 marked senior goalkeeper Armando Quezada’s fourth shutout of the season against the Pilots, giving him 11 for his career and moving him into a tie with Ryan McCowan (2007-10) for fifth on the progam’s all-time list. The 2013 Big West Conference Goalkeeper of the Year, Omar Zeenni, holds the school’s record with 18 shutouts during his brilliant career.

HE’S A KEEPER: Quezada enters the week leading the Big West with a 0.99 goals against average and four shutouts, while standing fourth with a .730 save percentage through 11 matches. The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., native also stands tied for fifth in saves (27) and eighth with 2.45 saves per game.

BIG TIME IN THE BIG WEST: Sophomore Kristian Heptner remains among the Big West’s best in numerous categories entering the week, standing second in shots (29), fourth in shots per game (2.64), tied for ninth in goals (3), and tied for second in game-winners (2).

OH NO, NOT OT: In what has, seemingly, become a regular occurance, nearly half of UC Davis’ 52 matches over the last two-plus seasons have gone past the regulation 90 minutes, as the Aggies have played 25 overtime contests in that span -- with 19 of those 25 going to double overtime -- posting a 7-4-14 mark. A regular result during that time, the nine draws by UC Davis during the 2014 season tied an NCAA single-season record (and set a Big West single-season record) at the time, while the 14 overtime contests that season were a new NCAA record.

SWEEP THE LEG: UC Davis has been seeing yellow this season, drawing the ire of officials en route to the dubious honor of an NCAA-leading 30 yellow cards through the first 11 matches, leading conference mate UC Santa Barbara by one in the national standings as the Gauchos are second with 29.

#AGGIESINTHEPROS: Former UC Davis men’s soccer standouts shining on the professional stage include: Quincy Amarikwa (San Jose Earthquakes/MLS), Matt Sheldon (OC Blues/USL), Elliott Hord (Sacramento Republic FC/USL), Kris Schultz (Canterbury United FC/New Zealand ASB Premiership), Matt Wiesenfarth (Canterbury United FC/New Zealand ASB Premiership), Ahmad Hatifie (C.D. Aguiluchos USA/NPSL), and Ramon Martin Del Campo (FC Puerto Rico/NASL).

RECYCLED NOTES
WEEKLY HONORS FOR BOATENG: Spearheading a defense that held the Spartans to just one shot on goal, sophomore Roy Boateng was named the Big West Defensive Player of the Week on Aug. 29 for the first time in his career. Boateng became the first UC Davis honoree since Lucas Mohageg (offensive) and Brian Ford (defensive) swept the weekly awards on Oct. 20, 2014.

BIG WEST PRESEASON POLL: UC Davis was picked to finish third overall in the Big West Conference’s North Division and finished sixth overall as league office released the preseason coaches poll on Aug. 17. The Aggies received 18 points to finish just one point back of second-place Cal Poly in the North, while UC Santa Barbara recevied all eight first-place votes to finish atop the division. Two-time defending conference tournament champion Cal State Fullerton recevied seven of the eight first-place votes and was picked to win the South Division with 31 points, standing ahead of UC Irvine (one first-place vote) and CSUN, which tied for second with 20 points. Sacramento State (11 points) in the North, and UC Riverside (nine points) in the South, were picked to finish fourth in their respective divisions.

A QUICK LOOK AT THE AGGIES: UC Davis returns 17 letter winners -- including six starters -- and 20 players overall off of last season’s roster as the Aggies look to improve on an 8-10-3 overall record and a 3-4-3 mark (third in the North Division) in Big West play. UC Davis has lost three of its top four scorers, bringing back just over half of its 29 goals. Sophomore defender Roy Boateng, who was an All-Big West honorable mention and all-freshman team selection a season ago, is the leading returning scorer after netting four goals and an assist, while starting 20 of the team’s 21 matches on the back line. Junior winger Evan Barrett also returns after scoring twice and assisting on three other goals. In goal, Armando Quezada is the senior incumbent after posting a 1.42 GAA and 27 saves in nine matches.

BY THE NUMBERS: UC Davis returns just 15 of its 29 goals (52%) spread out among 11 returning goal scorers, 15 of its 26 assists (58%), 167 of its 293 shots (57%), and 27 of its 75 (36%) saves, from a season ago. What does it all mean? We don’t know, but numbers are fun.

OUR HOUSE: The Aggies defended their home turf well last season, finishing 5-2-2 overall at the Aggie Soccer Field and posting their sixth-straight winning season at home. UC Davis has posted a winning record on its home pitch in eight of their nine Division I seasons, including an unbeaten 7-0-3 mark in 2008 en route to an NCAA Tournament berth. Overall, the Aggies are a combined 101-48-21 (.656) at home in 19-plus seasons under Head Coach Dwayne Shaffer, and haven’t suffered a losing campaign at home since 2009 (3-4) -- the ONLY losing season at home under Shaffer’s direction.

STATE OF THE AGGIES: The 2016 UC Davis roster will feature a majority of Californians, but four Aggies on this year’s roster hail from outside the “Golden State,” the most in the program’s Division I Era since the 2011 and 2012 squads had the same number. Freshman goalkeeper Wallis Lapsley (Washington), junior transfer Chase Rhode (North Carolina), and Montana natives Kyle Higgins and Adam Mickelson, each represent the first Aggies from those states since the program made the jump to Division I in 2007. Other out-of-state Aggies include: Arizona’s Ian Palmer, Oregon’s Matt Sheldon, Colorado’s Lance Patterson, and imports Kirk Kappelhoff (Australia) and Riley Newport (British Columbia).

THE BEST OFFENSE IS A GOOD DEFENDER: After finishing his first season third on the team in scoring with four goals and nine points overall, sophomore All-Big West defender Roy Boateng looks to continue a recent trend that has seen an Aggie defensive player also show well on the offensive side of the ball. The leading returning scorer for UC Davis in 2016, Boateng looks to build off the work of former back line mate Lucas Mohageg, who shared the team lead in scoring in 2014 (four goals, 10 points) and paced the 2015 squad (seven goals, 18 points) last year.

AGGIE FUTBOL FUN FACTS
• UC Davis has qualified for the Big West Tournament in each of the last five years -- the only league member to accomplish that feat...

• The 14 different goal scorers last season were the most since the 1999 Aggie squad finished with 16 players finding the back of the net...

• The 29 goals scored last season as a team finished third in the Big West -- surpassing the team’s total from each of the two previous years and ranks third on the single-season chart in the program’s Division I Era...

• UC Davis is 9-5-2 (.625) against the Big West South since the league began divisional play in 2012 -- posting the second-highest win total and the second-best winning percentage in the conference (UC Santa Barbara, .813)...

• Since their league debut in 2007, the Aggies have posted 42 Big West victories -- tied with Cal Poly for second among league members behind only perennial power UC Santa Barbara (59).