Oct. 21, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. -
Saturday, Oct. 26 - 3 p.m.
Aggie Soccer Field - Davis, Calif.
Game Coverage: Live Stats | Audio
KICK OFF: Coming off a heartbreaking double-overtime loss to UC Santa Barbara in its only match, the UC Davis men's soccer team (6-7-1 overall, 2-3 in the Big West Conference) looks to rebound with a pair of Big West North Division contests this week. The Aggies travel south to San Luis Obispo on Tuesday (Oct. 22) to take on their second-consecutive Central Coast foe in Cal Poly at 7 p.m., before returning home to host Sacramento State in a Causeway Cup clash on Saturday (Oct. 26) at 3 p.m. at the Aggie Soccer Field.
"SENIOR" MOMENT: UC Davis will honor its seven departing seniors prior to kick-off on Saturday against Sacramento State. Festivities will begin at approximately 2:45 p.m.
IN THE POLLS: Neither Cal Poly, Sacramento State, nor UC Davis are ranked among the national polls entering this week's contests.
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"CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?": Live audio will be available for Saturday afternoon's clash with the Hornets only. Please visit the men's soccer schedule page at UCDavisAggies.com to access the link.
I NEED STATS, STAT!: Live stats for all UC Davis home games, as well as selected road contests are available for fans and followers, alike. Visit the men's soccer schedule page at UCDavisAggies.com to access the links.
CAUSEWAY CUP UPDATE: Saturday's match will be the first of two men's soccer meetings that will decide points for the 10th annual Causeway Cup Presented by ScholarShare. UC Davis already owns victories in women's soccer (1-0 on Aug. 23) and women's volleyball (3-0 on Sept. 10) to take a 15-0 lead in the early going.
CAL POLY BRIEFLY: The Mustangs enter the week with a 9-6 overall record and a 2-3 mark in Big West Conference play, level with the Aggies for second-place in the North Division with six points... Cal Poly snapped a three-match losing streak with a 2-1 win over Sacramento State on Saturday (Oct. 19)... the Mustangs are 5-2 at home this season, having won five of their last six, but haven't played within the friendly confines since Oct. 6 against Cal State Fullerton... Mackenzie Pridham leads the Big West's top scoring offense with a league-high 11 goals and stands second with 24 points... three other Cal Poly players (Ari Lassiter, Matt LaGrassa, and Chase Minter) are also in double digits in points... Wade Hamilton has played every minute in goal for the Mustangs this season, posting a 1.44 goals against average and 49 saves to go with a pair of shutouts in 15 matches.
AGGIES VS. MUSTANGS: Cal Poly leads the all-time series with UC Davis by the count of 11-8 dating back to 1990... the Mustangs answered a series sweep by the Aggies in 2011 by sweeping the series last year by identical, 1-0, scores... the two schools have split the last 10 meetings with five wins apiece... UC Davis is 5-4 against Cal Poly at home, but just 3-7 in San Luis Obispo, losing five of its last six trips to the Central Coast... the Aggies' last win in San Luis Obispo came on Oct. 5, 2011, with a 1-0 victory... each of the last five meetings have been decided by a single goal.
SACRAMENTO STATE BRIEFLY: The Hornets enter the weekend with a 2-8-3 overall record and an 0-5 mark in Big West play, travelling south to take on UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday (Oct. 22) prior to making the short jaunt to Davis... Sacramento State has lost five straight heading into the week, falling 2-1 at home against Cal Poly on Saturday night... junior forward Chimdum Mez leads the offense with two goals and seven points as the Hornets have struggled to find the back of the net in 2013, scoring just seven times to the opposition's 21... goalkeeper Cesar Castillo has posted a 1.50 goals against average and three shutouts while making 71 saves in 12 starts this season.
AGGIES VS. HORNETS: With the two campuses separated by only 22 miles (as Google Maps flies), UC Davis leads the all-time series with Sacramento State by the count of 10-5 dating back to 1990... the Aggies swept the season series from its Big West North Division rivals in 2012 by the scores of 3-1 in Sacramento and 2-1 in Davis... the Aggies are 5-2 against the Hornets at home, having won four of the last five on their home pitch... five of the last six meetings have been decided by a single goal with UC Davis' 3-1 win on the road last season the only "blemish" in that string.
THE WEEK THAT WAS: The Aggies had their collective hearts broken in their only contest of the week last Saturday, watching as UC Santa Barbara erased a one-goal deficit with the tying score in the final minute of regulation and, then, seeing the Gauchos put home the game-winner with just 55 seconds remaining in the second overtime. Trailing by one early in the second half, junior Matt Wiesenfarth continued his resurgence with his fourth goal of the year in the 57th minute to equalize and senior Alex Aguiar put the Aggies ahead with his first of the year in the 78th minute. Hanging on to the slim lead in the final minute, UCSB was awarded a penalty kick with just 56 seconds to play in regulation as Achille Campion converted to force extra time. Following a scoreless 10 minutes of overtime, the Gauchos' Goffin Boyoko headed home the winner with less than a minute to play to steal three points from UC Davis and escape with their unbeaten record intact.
THE BUCK STOPS HERE: Senior goalkeeper Omar Zeenni became UC Davis' career saves leader on Oct. 11 at Cal State Fullerton, making three stops against the Titans to give him 197 for his career and breaking Nic Platter's 10-year-old mark of 195 from 2000-03. His 17th shutout of the year at UC Riverside two nights later also has the Arcadia, Calif., native on the verge of a second career record, moving him into a tie for the top spot with Platter and into the Big West's all-time top 10, matching Fresno State's Chato Elgorriaga for the No. 10 spot.
SO MUCH FOR DEFENSE: In a match-up of the Big West Conference's top two defenses, the offense had the upper hand in Saturday's contest against UC Santa Barbara as the five combined goals were a season high while the Gauchos' three goals scored were the most by an Aggies opponent since a 3-1 loss to Central Florida on Sept. 9, 2012. UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara had entered the match allowing 11 goals apiece to stand tied for the top spot in the league rankings.
ALL OR NOTHING: Saturday's offensive fireworks marked the first time since Sept. 27 at New Mexico that neither the Aggies or their opponents recorded a shutout, ending a streak that had stood at four consecutive clean sheets.
GUESS WHO'S BACK... BACK AGAIN...: It certainly seems that junior Matt Wiesenfarth has regained the form that saw the Sacramento native earn Big West Conference Freshman of the Year honors and lead the team in scoring (5 goals, 3 assists) in 2011. With his game-tying strike against the Gauchos, Wiesenfarth scored for the fourth time in the team's last six matches, and scoring all of his team-high nine points in that stretch.
WINNER, WINNER, CHICKEN DINNER: Need a game-winning goal? Look no further than the Aggies' duo of Matt Wiesenfarth and Matt Sheldon, who have combined for 20 goals in their UC Davis careers -- 10 of those putting the home side in the win column. Wiesenfarth and Sheldon share team-high honors with two game-winners apiece this season.
"STAY ON TARGET...": Senior midfielder Alex Aguiar has put up a team-high 31 shots on the year and is averaging 2.21 shots per game to rank seventh and 10th, respectively, in the Big West entering this week's matches.
THAT'S RANK: UC Santa Barbara marked the fourth top-25 opponent for the Aggies this season as UC Davis has posted a 2-2 mark in those contests with nationally ranked squads in 2013. The Aggies own wins over New Mexico (No. 25 at the team) and UC Irvine (also No. 25 at the time) while falling to No. 6 Cal State Northridge and the No. 20 Gauchos. The wins over the Lobos and Anteaters marked the third-straight season that UC Davis has posted a victory over a ranked opponent. Past victims include No. 6 UCLA (2011), No. 7 UC Irvine (2011), No. 23 Tulsa (2012), and No. 8 UC Santa Barbara (2012).
DE-FENSE (CLAP, CLAP)... DE-FENSE (CLAP, CLAP): Nine of the Aggies' 14 matches this season have been decided by one goal or less (including a 1-1 draw with LMU on Sept. 22) with UC Davis posting a 4-4-1 mark in those contests. Members from this current roster (Michael Garrick is the Aggie with the lengthiest tenure - he joined the team in 2009) have participated in 55 one-goal games, 29 of which ended with a 1-0 score.
JUST SHOOT ME: While the defense has been stout, the Aggies' offense has taken it to the opposition this season when it comes to the shot column, outshooting 11 of their 14 opponents in 2013 with only San Francisco and New Mexico holding the upper hand in that category thus far (UC Davis and Cal State Fullerton each finished with nine shots on Oct. 11 to account for the other match). The Aggies have outshot the opposition, 197-136, on the year and have allowed double-digit shots only six times.
CORNERING THE MARKET: Nobody puts the Aggies into a corner... but they haven't seemed to mind it one bit. UC Davis leads the Big West with 89 corners this season -- 12 better than second-place UC Irvine -- controlling possession and putting pressure on opposing defenses all year. The Aggies have reached double digits in corners in four matches this season -- including a season-high 12 (to go with a 19-9 shot advantage) in a 2-0 loss to Cal State Northridge on Oct. 6.
DEFENDING REGULAR SEASON CHAMPS PICKED SECOND IN PRESEASON POLL: Despite three first-place votes, the UC Davis men's soccer team was picked to finish second in the North Division in the Big West Preseason Coaches Poll, the league announced.
The Aggies received three of the eight potential first-place votes and picked up 23 total points, but UC Santa Barbara narrowly edged them out with five first-place votes and 25 points. Cal Poly checked in third in the North Division with 21 points and Sacramento State was last with 11.
UC Davis claimed the program's first Big West regular season title in 2012 as they bested their North Division competition with a 7-3-0 conference record.
In the South Division, defending Big West Tournament champion Cal State Northridge came in first with six first-place votes and a league-high 30 points. UC Irvine was picked to finish second with one first-place vote and 21 total points. Cal State Fullerton also picked up a first-place vote but came in third with 16 points and UC Riverside was last with 13 points.
A CLOSER LOOK AT THE AGGIES' ROSTER Included below is a breakdown of UC Davis' 2013 roster by class, primary position and geography.
Freshmen (9): Ryan Caro, Kirk Kappelhoff, Justin Kitts, Dashiell MacNamara, Logan Magonigal, Armando Quezada, Isaac Stuart, Spencer Williams, Connor Willis-Hong Sophomores (6): Eric Budniewski, Ryan Gross, Hoshang Hatifie, Lucas Mohageg, John Piasta, Kris Schultz Juniors (8): Andre Brown, Brian Ford, Eddie Manella, Ramon Martin Del Campo, Sam Hoeck, Ian Palmer, Matt Sheldon, Matt Wiesenfarth Seniors (7): Alex Aguiar, Michael Garrick, Nick Grigoriev, Alex Henry, Elliott Hord, Kevin Schulte, Omar Zeenni
Goalkeepers (4): John Piasta, Armando Quezada, Kris Schultz, Omar Zeenni Defenders (9): Brian Ford, Ryan Gross, Alex Henry, Sam Hoeck, Ramon Martin Del Campo, Lucas Mohageg, Ian Palmer, Spencer Williams, Connor Willis-Hong Midfielders (12): Alex Aguiar, Andre Brown, Eric Budniewski, Ryan Caro, Hoshang Hatifie, Elliott Hord, Kirk Kappelhoff, Justin Kitts, Logan Magonigal, Eddie Manella, Kevin Schulte, Isaac Stuart Forwards (5): Michael Garrick, Nick Grigoriev, Dashiell MacNamara, Matt Sheldon, Matt Wiesenfarth
California (28): Alex Aguiar, Andre Brown, Eric Budniewski, Ryan Caro, Brian Ford, Michael Garrick, Nick Grigoriev, Ryan Gross, Hoshang Hatifie, Alex Henry, Sam Hoeck, Elliott Hord, Justin Kitts, Dashiell MacNamara, Eddie Manella, Logan Magonigal, Ramon Martin Del Campo, Lucas Mohageg, Ian Palmer, John Piasta, Armando Quezada, Kevin Schulte, Kris Schultz, Isaac Stuart, Matt Wiesenfarth, Spencer Williams, Connor Willis-Hong, Omar Zeenni Australia (1): Kirk Kappelhoff Oregon (1): Matt Sheldon