Cal Poly (5-8-1, 1-4-1 Big West) at UC Davis (7-6-2, 4-1-1 Big West)
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 | 4:00 p.m. | Aggie Soccer Field | Davis, Calif.
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UC Davis (7-6-2, 4-1-1 Big West) at UC Santa Barbara (5-5-4, 3-1-2 BIg West)
Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 | 7:00 p.m. | Harder Stadium | Santa Barbara, Calif.
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KICK-OFF: The UC Davis men's soccer team takes on the Big West Conference's Central Coast contingent this week, hosting Cal Poly at the Aggie Soccer Field before heading down the coast to kick-off the second round of league play against UC Santa Barbara. The Aggies and Mustangs kick off on Wednesday (Oct. 18) at 4 p.m. in Davis, before a match-up under the lights against the Gauchos on Saturday (Oct. 21) at 7 p.m.
IN THE RANKINGS: UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, and Cal Poly, are unranked in the national polls entering this week's matches… The Gauchos are ranked seventh in the Far West region according to United Soccer Coaches.
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SCOUTING THE MUSTANGS: Cal Poly enters the week with a 5-8-1 overall record and a 1-4-1 mark in Big West play… It's been a roller coaster of a season for the Mustangs, who are winless in their last five matches (0-4-1) after winning five straight following an 0-4 start to the year… Cal Poly lost a wild, 3-2, double overtime decision to Sacramento State and battled UC Santa Barbara to a scoreless draw in front of 10,293 fans on the road last week… The Mustangs are just 1-5-1 away from home this season, going winless in their last three away from home dating back to a 1-0 win at San Diego State… Junior forward Sean Goode and senior defender Adam Olsen lead the way with three goals and seven points apiece… Junior goalkeeper Simon Boehme has played all but three seconds in net, posting a 1.24 goals against average and 62 saves to go with three shutouts.
SERIES NOTES: Cal Poly holds a slim, 13-12-2, edge in the series with UC Davis according to records that date back to the 1990 season… The Mustangs are unbeaten (2-0-1) in their last three meetings with the Aggies after UC Davis had won four straight from 2013-15… Cal Poly swept the regular season series from the Aggies last year by identical, 2-1, scores… UC Davis' last victory in the series came in overtime by the score of 3-2 on Oct. 14, 2015… The two programs have played to overtime in five of the eight matches with the Aggies posting a 2-1-2 record in those contests… UC Davis is 8-5 against the Mustangs in matches played at Aggie Soccer Field.
SCOUTING THE GAUCHOS: UC Santa Barbara, which travels to Sacramento State on Wednesday prior to hosting the Aggies, enters the week with a 5-5-4 overall record and a 3-1-2 mark in Big West play… The Gauchos are winless in their last three (0-1-2) after falling to UC Davis and drawing with Cal Poly at home, scoring just one goal in that stretch after outscoring opponents 11-3 during a run of five consecutive victories…UC Santa Barbara is 4-1-3 at home this season, going unbeaten in its last five (4-0-1) at Harder Stadium dating back to a 3-1 loss to Akron on Sept. 9… Freshman forward Rodney Michael continues to lead the team in scoring with five goals, four assists, and 14 points overall, while teammate Ignacio Tellechea is also in double-digit points with 10 on four goals and two assists… Freshman goalkeeper Alan Carrillo has played all but 45 minutes in net, posting a 0.96 goals against average and 43 saves to go along with six shutouts.
SERIES NOTES: UC Santa Barbara leads the all-time series with UC Davis, 17-7-3, but the Aggies have won back-to-back matches in the series following their 3-0 shutout on Oct. 11… The back-to-back wins for UC Davis in the series mark the first for the Aggies since the 2012 campaign when they posted 1-0 and 2-1 victories… The three goals scored by UC Davis in its win over the Gauchos this season are the most scored by the Aggies in the history of the series and snapped a sting of seven consecutive matches decided by a single goal… UC Davis is 3-10-2 against UCSB in Santa Barbara following last year's 1-0 victory that clinched a Big West Tournament berth.
BOATENG CLAIMS BIG WEST DEFENSIVE WEEKLY HONORS: After spearheading a defense that kept a pair of North Division foes in check last week, UC Davis junior defender Roy Boateng was named the Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in his career the league office announced on Monday afternoon (Oct. 16). Boateng, who earned his first career weekly award on Aug. 29 of last season, became the third Aggie honored this season, joining teammates Lizandro Torres, who was the conference's offensive player of the week on Sept. 11, and freshman Nabi Kibunguchy, who nabbed defensive honors earlier this year on Oct. 2. The managerial economics major from Rohnert Park, Calif., continues a trend that has seen seven of the last 10 Aggie weekly award winners come from the defensive side of the ball and 11 of 19 overall since the Big West began handing out offensive and defensive players of the week in 2010. Read the complete release at http://www.ucdavisaggies.com/sports/m-soccer/spec-rel/101617aaa.html.
START ME UP: The Aggies' 4-1-1 record midway through the Big West schedule marks the program's best start since the 2014 squad opened with the same record, while the 13 points are the most of any league school entering this week's contests.
YOU GET A GOAL! YOU GET A GOAL!: It seems like everyone is getting a goal for the Aggies as of late as 10 different players have accounted for UC Davis' last 11 scores dating back to Sept. 10 against San Diego, with senior religious studies major Noah Wilson being the only duplicate scorer during that stretch thanks to goals against UC Santa Barbara and Sacramento State last week.
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING: Add two more to the list of first-time scorers for the Aggies this season (the seventh and eighth, to be exact) as senior defender Greg Salazar and redshirt freshman defender Nabi Kibunguchy collected their first career goals against UC Santa Barbara and Sacramento State, respectively. The duo became the 14th and 15th different UC Davis players to find the back of the net this season -- a new program Division I record and the most since the 1999 squad finished with 16 scorers en route to 48 goals as a team, a 16-3-2 overall record, and a 12-0-2 California Collegiate Athletic Association mark.
WHERE THERE'S A WILSON, THERE'S A WAY: It was a big week for senior Noah Wilson, who scored a goal in each of the Aggies' two victories over UC Santa Barbara and Sacramento State, moving him into a four-way tie for the team lead in that category with three on the year. The scores have helped the Petaluma, Calif., native move into the top 10 in the program's Division I history in numerous categories, tying him for eighth in points (28), eighth in goals (10), tied for fifth in assists (8), eighth in shots (82), and eighth in shots on goal (36).
MICKELSON PLAYING BIG IN THE BIG WEST: The sophomore from Missoula, Mont., has hit his stride since the start of league play, adding an assist on Nabi Kibunguchy's game-winner against Sacramento State to give him five points in six conference contests -- the most of any Aggie against Big West opposition this year. Overall, the sociology major ranks fifth on the team in scoring with six points thanks to a goal and a team-best four assists on the season -- the latter ranking in a tie for fourth in the Big West entering the week.
KEEPING THE SHEETS CLEAN: It was a big weekend for the Aggies' defense, posting back-to-back shutouts against UC Santa Barbara and Sacramento State to get off to a quick start in the league's North Division. The clean sheets were the second and third of the year for UC Davis, which last posted back-to-back shutouts in the first two matches of the 2016 season against San Jose State (a scoreless draw) and at Pacific (a 2-0 win). The three shutouts for sophomore keeper Wallis Lapsley moved him into a tie for fourth in the Big West in that category.
TORRES WINS IT AGAIN: Senior midfielder Lizandro Torres came up with the game-winner for the second time this season with his goal in the 16th minute against UC Santa Barbara, netting his third of the year to move into a tie for the team lead in the category. Three days later, the Stockton, Calif., native added his second career assist in the win over Sacramento State, giving him a career-high seven points this year after entering the season with a goal and an assist to his name.
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).