UC Davis (5-1-8, 3-1-1) at Cal Poly (8-3-3, 3-1-1)
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 | 7 p.m.
San Luis Obispo, Calif.
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UC Davis (5-1-8, 3-1-1) at Sacramento State (4-8-2, 2-3)
Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 | 7 p.m.
Bonney Field at Cal Expo
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KICK OFF: The lead in the Big West Conference North Division is up for grabs this weekend as the UC Davis men's soccer team opens a three-match road trip. The Aggies (5-1-8, 3-1-1), who share the top spot in the division table with 10 points, head to the coast on Wednesday (Oct. 22) to clash with co-leader Cal Poly at 7 p.m. UC Davis then returns "home" to make the short jaunt across the Causeway, taking on Sacramento State at Bonney Field -- home of the USL Pro Champion Sacramento Republic FC -- on Saturday (Oct. 25) at 7 p.m.
IN THE POLLS: Neither Cal Poly, Sacramento State, nor UC Davis, are ranked among the nation's top 25 entering the week, but the Mustangs and Aggies are receiving votes nationally according to College Soccer News. The Mustangs stand No. 6 and the Aggies are No. 8 according to the NSCAA's Far West region rankings.
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CAL POLY BRIEFLY: The Mustangs enter the week with an 8-3-3 overall record and a 3-1-1 mark in Big West play for 10 points... Cal Poly has won three of its last four, downing division rival Sacramento State, 3-1, on the road in its only match last week... Three Mustangs are in double figures in points, led by junior midfielder Chase Minter's seven goals and four assists (18 points)... Four of Minter's seven goals have come in the team's last four matches -- including a brace against Cal State Fullerton on Oct. 11... Cal Poly has outscored its opponents, 25-15, but has been out-shot, 215-191, on the year... junior goalkeeper Wade Hamilton has played every minute in net, posting a 1.02 goals against average and 70 saves (.824 save percentage) to go with five shutouts.
SACRAMENTO STATE BRIEFLY: The Hornets enter the week with a 4-8-2 overall record and a 2-3 mark in Big West play for six points... Sacramento State plays at UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday before hosting the Aggies... Senior forward Chimdum Mez leads the team in scoring with 12 points on six goals -- one of five Hornets to find the back of the net this season, but just one of two with multiple goals... Mez has accounted for six of the team's 11 goals this season as Sacramento State has been outscored, 27-11, and out-shot, 227-133... A trio of goalkeepers have combined with a 1.84 goals against average and a pair of shutouts this season, with freshman James Del Curto leading the team with a 1.41 GAA and 33 saves (.805 save percentage).
SERIES NOTES: Dating back to 1990, when complete yearly records are available, Cal Poly leads the all-time series with UC Davis by a 11-9-1 count but, since joining the Big West Conference in 2007, the Aggies have edged the Mustangs in the series, 7-6-1... UC Davis ended a two-match losing skid to Cal Poly with a 1-1 draw and a 2-1 victory last season... The Aggies are winless in their last two trips to San Luis Obispo (1-0 loss in 2012 and last year's 1-1 draw), having not posted a win since a 1-0 shutout on Oct. 5, 2011... UC Davis is 3-7-1 all-time in San Luis Obispo... Against Sacramento State, the Aggies lead the all-time series, 12-6, having won three of the four meetings since the two have been members of the Big West... The two teams split their two meetings last season, each posting a 1-0 win on the other's home field... Saturday's meeting will be the first neutral site clash dating back to 1990, but the Aggies hold a 7-4 record against the Hornets away from Davis, winning four of the last five.
CAUSEWAY CUP UPDATE: UC Davis has an early 15-0 lead in the race for the 2014-15 Causeway Cup, having already posted wins in women's soccer (1-0 on Aug. 22) and volleyball (3-2 on Sept. 16). The Aggies lead the all-time cup series, 6-4, winning back-to-back cups in 2012-13 and 2013-14.
AGGIES SWEEP WEEKLY HONORS: Fresh off a crucial Big West Conference North Division shutout of perennial power UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis junior Lucas Mohageg and senior Brian Ford were named the league's offensive and defensive players of the week for their roles in the victory, the league office announced on Oct. 20. The awards are the first in the careers for both Mohageg and Ford as the Aggies swept the conference's weekly honors for only the third time since the Big West began conferring separate awards in 2010 and the first time since Kevin Schulte and goalkeeper Omar Zeenni were so honored on Oct. 24, 2011. For the complete release, please visit: http://www.ucdavisaggies.com/sports/m-soccer/spec-rel/102014aab.html.
MOHAGEG MADNESS: Mohageg also added another player of the week nod, this time from the website College Sports Madness, as he was named its Big West player of the week. The complete list is available here: http://www.collegesportsmadness.com/article/9999.
HOME SWEET STREAK: The Aggies extended a significant home streak last weekend with their win over UC Santa Barbara, as UC Davis is now unbeaten in its last 11 home contests dating back to last season, posting a 5-0-6 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 93-43-19 (.661) at the Aggie Soccer Field in 17-plus seasons under the direction of Head Coach Dwayne Shaffer, including four straight winning seasons.
GOT THEIR NUMBER: With their win last weekend over UCSB, the Aggies are 3-1-1 against the Gauchos in their last five meetings -- the last four of which have all gone to overtime. The run follows a string that saw UC Santa Barbara win seven consecutive meetings from 2009-11.
THANK YOU, FANS!: A season-high 1,344 fans turned out to watch the Aggies down the Gauchos by the score of 1-0 last Saturday in double overtime. It was the largest crowd since UC Davis pulled in the same number against UCSB in a 1-0 win just over two years ago -- almost to the day -- on Oct. 13, 2012.
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 whistle sounded in its match against UC Santa Barbara last weekend, UC Davis had wrapped up its 10th double-overtime match in 14 contests overall. This season, the Aggies have played all but 3:38 of a possible 200 minutes of overtime. That's the equivalent of a regulation match (90 minutes), plus two overtimes (20), plus another half (45), and nearly another period of soccer (41:22) tacked on for good measure.
YES, SIR, MAY WE PLAY ANOTHER?: The Aggies' 10 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.
ARMANDO QUE-"NADA": A pair of saves was all that sophomore keeper Armando Quezada needed to log his third clean sheet of the season last Saturday against UC Santa Barbara as the Aggies stifled the Gauchos' defense to the tune of two shots on goal in UC Davis' double-overtime win. Quezada enters the week leading the Big West Conference with just three goals allowed and a 0.44 goals against average, stopping better than 86 percent of the shots sent his way en route to a 3-1-2 record in net.
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 0.56 goals against average. If the season ended today, the average would be the lowest in the Aggies' Division I era -- besting the 0.87 GAA set in 2008 -- and the fourth sub-1.00 GAA since becoming full-fledged Division I members in 2007.
HOW GOOD IS THAT DEFENSE?: UC Davis ranks ninth in the NCAA in goals against average (0.56) and No. 20 in the nation in save percentage (.833).
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 21 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 3-3-10 mark in the remaining 16 contests.
MAKING THE ADJUSTMENT: Nine of the Aggies' 14 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.
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.
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.