No. 7 Aggies Host Fullerton, Travel To UCR

The Aggies have shutout their last three opponents and enter the week with a 10-game unbeaten streak. (Photo by Ping Chou, UC Davis)
The Aggies have shutout their last three opponents and enter the week with a 10-game unbeaten streak. (Photo by Ping Chou, UC Davis)

Oct. 14, 2008

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Wed., Oct. 15 - Cal State Fullerton, 3:00 p.m., (Aggie Soccer Stadium)
Sat., Oct. 18 - at UC Riverside, 6:00 p.m., (UCR Soccer Stadium)

Wed., Oct. 8 - at Cal State Fullerton, W, 1-0
Sat., Oct. 11 - at No. 15 UC Santa Barbara, W, 2-0

The UC Davis men's soccer team went 2-0 last weekend with Big West Conference wins at Cal State Fullerton and then-No. 15 UC Santa Barbara... The wins improved the Aggies to 11-1-1 and 3-0-1 in conference play... Both records put the Aggies on the top of the Big West standings... The Aggies also continue their climb up the national rankings and have achieved a program-best ranking of 7th by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), Soccer Times and Soccer America... UC Davis also ranks 8th by College Soccer News.... The Aggies also take over the No. 1 spot in NSCAA Far West rankings.

In addition, Dylan Curtis and Quincy Amarikwa continue to rank in the top five nationally in a couple categories... Curtis is second in assists per game as his 10 helpers in 13 games give him an average of 0.77... His assist total is the most among national leaders... Amarikwa has the most goals scored among national leaders and ranks 4th in goals per game at 0.92... His 12 goals, 24 points and 0.92 gpg top the conference as do Curtis' assist totals... Ryan McCowan tops the conference goalkeeping stats with a 0.60 GAA, six shutouts and .814 save percentage.

The Aggies defeated Cal State Fullerton, 1-0, on Wednesday behind a goal from Amarikwa off a free kick in the early minutes of the second half... Amarikwa scored two goals in the Aggies' shutout then-No. 15 UC Santa Barbara on Saturday to nab Big West Conference Player of the Week honors... He also became the first Aggie to earn College Soccer News and Soccer America National Player of the Week honors... Paul Marcoux and Ian Conklin had the assists on the Amarikwa goals... It marked the first time in 31 games that the Gauchos had been shutout and was their first conference loss in nearly a year.

UC Davis plays a home-away schedule this week as they continue their conference run... The week opens Wednesday at Aggie Soccer Stadium with Cal State Fullerton at 3 p.m.... UC Davis then travels down to Riverside on Saturday to face off with the Highlanders at 6 p.m.

For the second time in a week, UC Davis and Cal State Fullerton will face off... The Titans enter the week with a 3-10-0 overall record and 0-3-0 mark in conference... The Aggies took a 1-0 victory over the Titans last Wednesday at Titan Stadium... The game was marred by two red cards issued on the Titans and a 44-minute delay following an injury to UC Davis midfielder Ahmad Hatifie... Fullerton was shutout again on Saturday in its game with Cal Poly, 2-0... The Titans have now been shutout in four consecutive games and eight times overall this season... They play at Cal State Northridge on Saturday.

UC Riverside has played one of the toughest schedules in the Big West this season... They have seen a total of six nationally ranked opponents, which they are 0-4-2 against... The Highlanders schedule does not get any easier as they meet up with No. 23 UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday before taking on No. 7 UC Davis on Saturday... UCR enters the week at 3-8-1 overall and 0-3-0 in conference play... They lost both conference games last week to Cal State Northridge (1-0) and then-No. 23 UC Irvine (4-2).

HEAD COACH Dwayne Shaffer
On Winning Ways: "I thought the win over UC Santa Barbara was huge for our program, but any win in the Big West is big because it's such a competitive conference. Everybody says Santa Barbara is such a tough place to play, but it's a great place to play because the facility is so nice and the crowds are so big and boisterous. It's a great environment to play in as a student-athlete and I think our team thrives on that. It's also tough to win on the road, so to get a win at Fullerton and Santa Barbara is incredible. Our defense is playing well right now and so is our goalkeeper. I feel like our overall team defense was really the key against (UC) Santa Barbara because we limited their opportunities and created opportunities for ourselves on offense. And we were able to capitalize on those opportunities. It's a great accomplishment for our student-athletes and coaching staff (to be ranked No. 1 in Far West). They've put in so much time and effort to get us to this level. Hopefully we can continue to represent the school and athletics department in a positive light."

On Upcoming Games: "The biggest thing is, we know how Fullerton plays and their personnel. Tactically, we'll still do what we need to do, but we'll make a couple adjustments to make it more difficult for them to play here. They have some very good young players, but we want to make it difficult for anyone to play here. UC Riverside has played a tough schedule. It's another tough road trip for us. We've been able to handle our road trips well to this point so I'm expecting the same thing out of our players. Riverside has some good players and I'm looking forward to another tough conference game."