North Division play begins at home with UC Santa Barbara

Oct. 10, 2017

THIS WEEK…
UC Santa Barbara (5-4-3, 3-0-1 Big West) at UC Davis (5-6-2, 2-1-1 Big West)
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 | 4:00 p.m. | Aggie Soccer Field | Davis, Calif.
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UC Davis (5-6-2, 2-1-1 Big West) at Sacramento State (6-5-1, 2-1-1 Big West)
Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 | 3:00 p.m. | Hornet Field | Sacramento, Calif.
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KICK-OFF: Following a strong start to Big West Conference play, the UC Davis men's soccer team focuses its attention on its North Division rivals this week, hosting perennial power UC Santa Barbara before traveling to Causeway rival Sacramento State. The Aggies and Gauchos meet at the Aggie Soccer Field on Wednesday (Oct. 11) at 4 p.m., while Saturday's match (Oct. 14) against the Hornets kicks off at 3 p.m. at Hornet Field in Sacramento.

IN THE RANKINGS: UC Santa Barbara is receiving votes in this week's United Soccer Coaches poll and ranks No. 7 in the Far West region… UC Davis and Sacramento State are unranked.

BE A FOLLOWER: Fans can keep up with the latest in UC Davis athletics by following us on Facebook (/ucdavisaggies) and Twitter (@UCDavisAggies), while the men’s soccer program is also available on both platforms: Facebook (/UCDavisMensSoccer) and Twitter (@UCDavisMSOC) -- the latter also featuring live in-game updates as the match progresses.

SCOUTING THE GAUCHOS: UC Santa Barbara enters the week unbeaten in Big West Conference play after posting a 3-0-1 mark against the South Division, improving to 5-4-3 overall on the year… The Gauchos are unbeaten in their last six matches overall dating back to a 2-1 loss at St. John's on Sept. 12, posting a 5-0-1 record in that stretch… UCSB posted a 1-0 win at CSUN and a 1-1 draw at UC Irvine last week, improving to 1-3-1 in matches away from home in 2017… Freshman forward Rodney Michael leads the team with five goals and four assists for 14 points, including taking a team-high 14 shots… Sophomore forward Ignacio Tellechea is also in double-digit points, scoring four times and assisting on two others for 10 points… Freshman goalkeeper Alan Carrillo has played all but 45 minutes in net for UCSB, posting a 0.89 goals against average and 39 saves in 12 starts, collecting a shutout in all five of his wins this year.

SERIES NOTES: UC Santa Barbara leads the all-time series with UC Davis, 17-6-3, following a split of the regular season series last year… The Aggies ended a five-match losing streak overall to the Gauchos with their 1-0 win in Santa Barbara to close out the regular season, winning for the first time on UCSB's home field since a 2-1 overtime victory in 2012… Half of UC Davis' six wins in the series have come at Aggie Soccer Field where it has posted a 3-8-1 record… The Gauchos have won the last two meetings in Davis, including a 2-1 win in overtime last season, with the Aggies posting their last win in the series at home back on Oct. 18, 2014 in a 1-0 triumph in double overtime on Oct. 18.

SCOUTING THE HORNETS: Sacramento State enters the week with a 6-5-1 overall record and a 2-1-1 mark in Big West play after splitting two matches on the road at UC Riverside (W, 2-1) and Cal State Fullerton (L, 3-1) last weekend… The Hornets are 2-3-1 at home this season and are unbeaten in their last three (2-0-1) at Hornet Field… Sophomore midfielder Christian Webb leads the team with five goals and 10 points overall this season, while junior forward Brad Bumgarner has taken a team-high 17 shots, scoring a goal and assisting on four others… Senior goalkeeper James Del Curto has played every minute in net for Sacramento State, posting a 1.45 goals against average and 43 saves to go along with a pair of shutouts.

SERIES NOTES: UC Davis leads the all-time series with Sacramento State, 13-9-2, according to records that date back to the 1990 season, but the Aggies have posted just one win in the last six meetings with the rival Hornets dating back to the 2014 campaign… UC Davis and Sacramento State split the regular season series in 2016, with each team winning on the other's home field: the Aggies posted a 3-1 win in Sacramento on Oct. 15, with the Hornets rebounding for a 2-1 victory in Davis a week later… UC Davis is 8-4 on the road against Sacramento State, winning three of its last four trips to Hornet Field.

YOU GET A GOAL! YOU GET A GOAL!: It seems like everyone is getting a goal for the Aggies as of late. Seven different players have accounted for UC Davis' last seven scores dating back to Sept. 10 against San Diego.

FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING: Sophomore Marte Formico and senior Chase Rhode's first goals of the season at Cal State Fullerton last week marked the 12th and 13th different Aggies to find the back of the net this season -- surpassing last year's total of nine goal scorers and the most since the 2015 squad finished with 14 different players finding the back of the net. Formico's goal had the added bonus of being the first of the managerial economics major's career -- the sixth different UC Davis player to score his first career goal this season.

ALL HE DOES IS WIN, WIN, WIN…: When Rhode put the Aggies ahead for good on a header with just 1:13 remaining before the half at Cal State Fullerton, it marked the senior's third career score in a UC Davis uniform and his first since finding the back of the net against UC Irvine on Oct. 1 of last season. In fact, all three of Rhode's goals as an Aggie have been game-winning strikes, adding the winner against Saint Mary's on Sept. 22, 2016, to his scores against the Anteaters and Titans.

MICKELSON PLAYING BIG IN BIG WEST: The sophomore from Missoula, Mont., has hit his stride since the start of Big West Conference play, adding an assist in the win over Cal State Fullerton last week to give him four points in four league matches and five overall on the year. Mickelson, a sociology major who collected his first career point with an assist against San Diego on Sept. 10, stands third on the team in scoring with a goal and three assists, ranking tied for seventh in the league in the latter category.

NORTH VERSUS SOUTH: UC Davis wrapped up play against the Big West's South Division with a 2-1-1 record, continuing its share of success against its inter-division rivals. Thanks to it's finish this season, the Aggies' 13 wins and .604 winning percentage rank second in both categories among league schools against the opposite division, trailing only UC Santa Barbara and its 18-2-4 mark against the South since divisional play began in 2012. Overall, the North holds a stiff advantage over the South, posting a 50-34-12 (.583) record in inter-division play.

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).