Nemesis Gauchos open North Division play

Senior Matt Sheldon scored one of the Aggies' three goals in two matches against the Gauchos last season and has three career goals against UC Santa Barbara.
Oct. 14, 2014


THIS WEEK...
UC Santa Barbara (6-4-2, 2-1-1) at UC Davis (4-1-8, 2-1-1)
Saturday, Oct. 18 | 3 p.m.
Aggie Soccer Field
Davis, Calif.
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KICK OFF: Tied atop a crowded Big West Conference North Division with seven points, the UC Davis men's soccer team (4-1-8 overall, 2-1-1 in the Big West) has an entire week to prepare for one of its biggest division matches of the season, welcoming perennial power UC Santa Barbara to the Aggie Soccer Field. A match that drew a sellout crowd a season ago, the Aggies and the Gauchos clash on Saturday (Oct. 18) at 3 p.m.

AGGIES LOOK TO "SCARVE" UP THE GAUCHOS: A scarf on Saturday keeps the doctor away. The first arriving students through the gates at this weekend's clash with UC Santa Barbara will receive a limited edition UC Davis soccer scarf as the Aggies battle the Gauchos.

IN THE POLLS: Neither UC Davis, nor UC Santa Barbara, are ranked among the nation's top 25 entering this week. The Gauchos, however, are receiving votes in the College Soccer News poll. Regionally, the Gauchos are ranked No. 9 in the Far West Region by the NSCAA, with the Aggies right behind them in 10th.

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I NEED STATS, STAT!: Barring technical difficulties, new-look live stats for all UC Davis home games, as well as selected road contests, are available on your computer and mobile device courtesy the StatBroadcast platform. Visit the men's soccer schedule page at UCDavisAggies.com or the StatBroadcast landing page at UCDavisLiveStats.com to access the links when the games begin.

UC SANTA BARBARA BRIEFLY: The Gauchos enter the week with a 6-4-2 overall record and a 2-1-1 mark in Big West play, coming off a weekend that saw them fall at Cal State Fullerton (2-0) and draw at UC Riverside (1-1)... UCSB takes on Loyola Marymount on Tuesday night before heading to Northern California... Sophomore midfielder/defender Nick DePuy leads the team with four goals and shares the team lead with nine points, while unleashing a team-best 32 shots... The Gauchos' 17 goals rank fourth in the Big West... Sophomore Josh McNeely and freshman Brandon Berke have split time in net this season, with the rookie posting a team-best 0.80 goals against average and 21 saves (.808 save percentage) to go with a pair of shutouts... The 16 goals allowed by the UCSB defense is the third-highest total in the league while the Gauchos rank seventh with a 1.29 goals against average as a team... UCSB is 5-1-1 at home this season, but just 1-3-1 away from the friendly confines of of Harder Stadium.

SERIES NOTES: According to records dating back to the 1990 season, UC Santa Barbara leads the all-time series with UC Davis, 13-4-3, after posting a last-second, 3-2, double-overtime win over the Aggies in Davis and a 1-1 draw in Santa Barbara last season... UC Davis swept the season series from the Gauchos in 2012, snapping an eight-match winless streak in the process after posting a 1-0 win at home and a 2-1 overtime victory on the coast... The Aggies are 2-6-1 against UCSB at home... The two schools have gone to overtime nine times in their 20 all-time meetings since 2004, with UC Davis posting a 1-5-3 mark in those contests... Saturday's match will be the first time since 2006 that the Aggies will meet an unranked Gauchos squad, a match UC Santa Barbara won, 1-0, at home on Oct. 18.

HOME SWEET STREAK: The Aggies put a significant home streak on the line this weekend with nemesis UC Santa Barbara coming to town, as UC Davis is unbeaten in its last 10 home contests dating back to last season, posting a 4-0-6 mark in that span. The Aggies' last loss on its home pitch came on Oct. 26, 2013, against Causeway rival Sacramento State by a 1-0 score. Overall, the Aggies are a combined 92-43-19 (.659) at the Aggie Soccer Field in 17-plus seasons under the direction of Head Coach Dwayne Shaffer, including four straight winning seasons.

SAME STORY, DIFFERENT DAY: The Aggies must be thinking that the NCAA has changed the rules and soccer matches are now 110 minutes long. When the final horn sounded in its match at CSUN last weekend, UC Davis had wrapped up its ninth double-overtime match in 13 contests overall. This season, the Aggies have played all but 17 seconds of a possible 180 minutes of overtime this season. That's the equivalent of a regulation match (90 minutes), plus two overtimes (20), plus another half (45), plus another 24:43 tacked on for good measure.

YES, SIR, MAY WE PLAY ANOTHER?: The Aggies' nine overtime matches this season have them quickly closing in on the NCAA record for such games of 11 set by Saint Louis in 2003 and equalled by San Diego State in 2009 and UC Davis in 2011.

BOW, NECK, OR BOLO?: The Aggies' eight ties this season, have tied the Big West Conference single-season mark set by UC Riverside in 2007, and are just one shy of the NCAA single-season record previously accomplished three times. Providence College set the mark in 2005, followed by St. John's in 2009, and South Florida in 2013.

DE-FENSE (CLAP, CLAP)... DE-FENSE (CLAP, CLAP): The nine goals allowed by the UC Davis defense are the fewest in the Big West Conference entering this weekend's contest, while the Aggies also stand atop the league with a 0.60 goals against average.

THAT'S FOUL: Be prepared for physical play on Saturday as the Gauchos (193) and Aggies (189) rank first and third in the Big West in fouls entering the week. It may be a colorful day, as well, as UC Davis (34) and UCSB (33) rank 1-2 in the league in yellow cards

GO NORTH, YOUNG AGGIE: Beginning Saturday, every match is going to be a battle for UC Davis in a crowded North Division as three teams (the Aggies, UC Santa Barbara, and Cal Poly) are tied for the top spot with seven points, with the fourth-place team (Sacramento State) just a point back. Since the Big West split into divisions beginning with the 2012 campaign, UC Davis is a combined 6-4-2 against its northern division brethren during those two seasons -- a large part of their 11-5-2 combined record against the league during that span -- including a 3-3 mark at home.

NO GOALS FOR US?: The Aggies left Northridge with a point on Saturday for the first time since 2011, but the scoreless draw, coupled with their 1-0 loss at No. 11 UC Irvine, marked back-to-back shutotus pitched against UC Davis for the first time since defeats against CSUN (2-0) and Cal State Fullerton (1-0) on Oct. 6 and Oct. 11 last season. The Aggies haven't been shutout in three consecutive games in a single season since Sept. 16-28, 2012, against SMU, Saint Mary's, and the Matadors.

IT “SHEL” BE “DON”: After sharing the team lead in scoring a season ago, senior Matt Sheldon is in a familiar place in 2014, sharing the team lead once again with six points on a pair of goals and two assists. This weekend’s clash with UC Santa Barbara could add to the number for the Portland, Oregon, native, as three of Sheldon’s 13 career goals have come against the Gauchos.

ONE IS THE LONLIEST NUMBER: It's also been the happiest for the Aggies' defense, which has been stout over the course of the team's last 20 matches, allowing multiple goals just once during that span -- the semifinals of the Big West Conference Tournament at UC Irvine. UC Davis, however, has scored two-or-more goals five times in that stretch -- proving more is merrier by winning all five -- while posting just a 2-3-10 mark in the remaining 15 contests.

MAKING THE ADJUSTMENT: Eight of the Aggies' 13 goals scored this season have come in the second half or later -- including a 7-3 scoring advantage in favor of UC Davis during the second period alone.

THEY'RE KEEPERS: The two-headed UC Davis goalkeeping monster of sophomore Armando Quezada and junior Kris Schultz are among the Big West Conference's best, standing 1-2 in goals against average (0.54 and 0.64, respectively), while both rank among the top 10 in save percentage, saves per game, and shutouts, entering the week.

WHOM DO WE MARK?: The nine different goal scorers for the Aggies this season are the most since the 2012 squad finished with 12 different players finding the back of the net.

GOOSE EGGS FOR EVERYBODY!: UC Davis' third scoreless draw of the season at CSUN last Saturday was the eighth in the Aggies' brief Division I history dating back to 2007, and the 12th for the program dating back to 1990, with nine of those coming on the road. The three scoreless draws are a program high while this year is only the third time since 1990 that the Aggies have had multiple scoreless draws in a season.

UC DAVIS SCORELESS DRAWS...
Sept. 5, 1993 at Metro State       
Sept. 29, 2000 vs. UC San Diego
Oct. 6, 2000 at Cal Poly Pomona
Sept. 16, 2003 at Chico State
Nov. 8, 2008 vs. UC Santa Barbara
Oct. 21, 2009 at CSUN
Sept. 11, 2011 vs. Bakersfield
Aug. 27, 2012 at Bakersfield
Aug. 31, 2012 at Air Force
Aug. 29, 2014 at Ohio State
Sept. 26, 2014 at San Francisco
Oct. 11, 2014 at CSUN

RECYCLED NOTES
LEAGUE HONORS AGGIE DEFENDER: UC Davis senior defender Ramon Martin Del Campo was named the Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday afternoon after helping the Aggies handcuff a pair of West Coast Conference offenses last weekend. It is the first career weekly honor for the Chula Vista, California, native, becoming only the 12th different Aggie to earn the conference's weekly award and joining teammate Kris Schultz as honorees from UC Davis this season. Martin Del Campo led a defensive charge that limited San Francisco and Saint Mary's to a combined six shots on goal over 220 minutes of soccer, helping UC Davis forge a pair of draws. He also got into the act on the offensive end, converting a penalty kick in the 64th minute against the Gaels, giving the Aggies an early 1-0 lead on Sunday (more on that in a moment).

PROSPECTING: UC Davis senior defender Ramon Martin Del Campo continues to garner attention an accolades with just two matches gone in the 2014 season, named to the SoccerByIves.net Top 40 Major League Soccer college draft prospects list. Martin Del Campo, who stands fourth on the list, is one of two Big West Conference players mentioned along with CSUN's Sagi Lev-Ari (No. 33). View the complete list at http://www.soccerbyives.net/2014/08/draft-college-prospects.html.

SCHULTZ STELLAR EN ROUTE TO WEEKLY HONORS: UC Davis junior goalkeeper Kris Schultz capped off a triumphant return in net on Monday afternoon, selected as the Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday afternoon following his stellar weekend in helping the Aggies to an unbeaten start to 2014. Officially making his first appearance since Sept. 16, 2012, against SMU -- and only the second and third appearances of his career -- Schultz stymied the opposition this past weekend in Ohio en route to his all-tournament nod, posting a 0.45 goals against average in 200 minutes, making seven combined saves and posting a shutout of the host Buckeyes in the season opener while facing a barrage of 21 shots from the tournament hosts. The clean sheet was the first of his career while the four stops against Canisius were a career high.

AGGIES PICKED SECOND IN THE BIG WEST NORTH, FOURTH OVERALL: UC Davis was picked to finish second in the Big West Conference's North Division, and fourth overall, according to a vote of the league's head coaches released on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 21). The Aggies earned 20 points to finish behind only unanimous selection UC Santa Barbara, which received all eight first-place votes and 32 points overall to top the table. Cal Poly, with 19 points, and Sacramento State, with nine points, round out the North. In the South, CSUN topped the division with six first-place votes and 30 points overall, followed closely by UC Irvine, which earned a pair of first-place nods and 24 points. UC Riverside (14 points) and Cal State Fullerton (12) were picked third and fourth, respectively.

MARTIN DEL CAMP-"ING" WITH THE U.S.: In one of the better "What Did You Do Last Summer" stories for the Aggies, senior defender Ramon Martin Del Campo had the "arduous" task of traveling to the Bahamas for a five-day camp with the U.S. U-23 Men's National Team and a friendly against the Bahamas National Team. One of 19 players (and seven defenders) originally called up, Martin del Campo entered the match against the Bahamas one minute into the second half and tallied an assist as part of an eventual 5-1 win for the Americans. He was discovered playing with his San Jose Earthquakes' U-23 Premier Development League squad, helping lead them to a 7-4-3 record and a third-place finish in the Western Conference in their inaugural season. He was an All-Premier Development League (best 11 players in the entire league) and All-Western Conference First Team selection and was one of three finalists for the league's Young (U-21) Player of the Year Award.

DAVIS DUO EARNS BIG WEST PRESEASON HONORS: Along with the preseason prognostications, the league's eight head coaches also bestowed preseason all-conference honors on 11 of the Big West's best, including the Aggies' Ramon Martin Del Campo and Matt Wiesenfarth.

MORE FOR THE MANTEL: UC Davis seniors Matt Sheldon, Brian Ford, and Ramon Martin Del Campo were named to the first team, while senior Matt Wiesenfarth added second-team laurels on Aug. 13, as College Sports Madness announced its preseason All-Big West Conference selections. The Aggies' three first-team selections match Cal State Northridge for the most in the league, while the four overall honorees stand behind only the Matadors and UC Santa Barbara, which finished with five selections apiece. For a complete list of the honorees, visit http://www.collegesportsmadness.com/article/9616.

ALL-TOURNEY HONOR ROLL: Junior midfielders Lucas Mohageg and Ian Palmer represented the Aggies on the all-tournament team of the Copa de Causeway, after accounting for both of UC Davis' goals  in 1-1 draws against Air Force and Grand Canyon. The duo joined teammates Kris Schultz, Ramon Martin Del Campo, and Ryan Gross, as all-tournament honorees this season after the trio were named to the 11-man all-tournament team at the Bert & Iris Wolstein Classic earlier this year at Ohio State.

TOP SHELF TALENT ACCORDING TO TOP DRAWER: Building upon what has already been an impressive preseason, senior defender Ramon Martin Del Campo was named to Top Drawer Soccer's preseason list of the top 100 collegiate players in the United States. In a ranking that will be updated weekly, Martin Del Campo was one of five Big West players selected to the list, joining Cal State Northridge duo Sagi Lev-Ari and Edwin Rivas, UC Irvine's Mario Ortiz, and UC Santa Barbara's Ismaila Jome. Both Jome, a sophomore midfielder, and Lev-Ari, a senior forward, are also included on the "watch list" for this year's MAC Hermann Trophy awarded to the nation's top player. Fans can take a look at the entire list via the Top Drawer Soccer website at http://www.topdrawersoccer.com/college-soccer-articles/college-soccer-preseason-top-100-players_aid33551.

A QUICK LOOK AT THE AGGIES: UC Davis returns its top five scorers and 12 letter winners (six starters) off of last season's squad that finished 9-9-3 overall and 4-4-2 in Big West Conference play, gaining the semifinals of the league tournament for the second-straight season. Five all-conference honorees are among the group, led by senior strikers Matt Sheldon and Matt Wiesenfarth (more on them later) and senior defenders Brian Ford and Ramon Martin Del Campo. Behind them, the loss of record-setting goalkeeper Omar Zeenni looms large, however, redshirt sophomore Armando Quezada is poised to take over the reins after posting a 1.13 goals against average in five appearances -- including a pair of starts against nationally-ranked UC Santa Barbara. Redshirt junior Kris Schultz (1 career start vs. SMU in 2012) and junior John Piasta will push Quezada in the quest for the starting job between the pipes.

BY THE NUMBERS: UC Davis returns all but three of its 20 goals scored (85%), 10 of its 18 assists (56%), and 163 of its 286 shots taken (57%), from last season's campaign. What does that all mean? We don't know, but numbers are fun.

COMING "HOME": After two seasons as an assistant coach with the women's soccer program at Augsburg College in Minnesota, former UC Davis letter winner Chris Leer returns to his alma mater this season as an assistant under Head Coach Dwayne Shaffer. Leer played under Shaffer from 2006-09, helping the Aggies to a pair of NCAA Division I Tournament berths in 2007 (first round) and 2008 (second round) while earning All-Big West Conference honorable mention honors as a senior. He finished his UC Davis career with 13 goals and seven assists (33 points), tying for second on the team in goals (5) as a sophomore and finishing second in both goals (4) and points (12) as a senior while starting all 19 matches. The Danville, Calif., native graduated from UC Davis with a degree in communication and sociology in 2011, earning his master's degree in kinesiology/sports and exercise science from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2013.

SAME FACE, NEW PLACE: Long-time assistant Jason Hotaling moves up one spot on the bench beginning with the 2014 campaign, promoted to the position of Assistant Head Coach under Shaffer with the departure of Eric Mild, who left to take over the men's soccer program at Pacific University in Oregon. Now entering his 10th season on the Aggies' sideline, Hotaling joined the UC Davis staff in 2005, reuniting with his former coach in Shaffer, whom he played for at Santa Rosa JC from 1991-92. He continues to manage the Aggies' recruiting efforts and training the team's goalkeepers.

THAT'S FRESH... MAN: Legendary college football coach Joe Paterno once said, "It's the name on the front of the jersey that matters most, not the one on the back." However, with 10 new faces on the roster for the 2014 season, names on the back might be a good idea to know who's who. The Aggies' 10 freshmen make up the largest incoming freshman class since UC Davis welcomed in 10 true freshmen in 2003.

The Last Meeting
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UC Santa Barbara12OT
November 2, 2013
Santa Barbara, Calif.
Sheldon Scores in Aggies' Draw at No. 14 UCSB
UC Davis junior Matt Sheldon netted his team-high fifth score of the season midway through the second half, but a late equalizer by host UC Santa Barbara forced overtime and the Aggies battled the No. 14 Gauchos to a 1-1 draw in from of 2,407 fans at Harder Stadium in Santa Barbara, Calif., on Saturday night.