Big West berth in hand, Aggies look for Division crown

Oct. 24, 2017

UC Davis (8-7-2, 5-2-1 Big West) at Cal Poly (6-9-1, 2-5-1 Big West)
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 | 7:00 p.m. | Alex G. Spanos Stadium | San Luis Obispo, Calif.
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Sacramento State (8-7-1, 4-3-1 Big West) at UC Davis (8-7-2, 5-2-1 Big West)
Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017 | 1:00 p.m. | Aggie Soccer Field | Davis, Calif.
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KICK-OFF: With a berth in the Big West Conference Tournament already in hand, the UC Davis men's soccer team closes out the regular season in the hunt for a North Division title with its final two matches this week, hitting the road to take on Cal Poly on Wednesday (Oct. 25), before hosting Sacramento State on "Senior Day" Sunday (Oct. 29) at the Aggie Soccer Field. Kick off in San Luis Obispo, Calif., is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Alex G. Spanos Stadium, while the Aggies and Hornets will meet in the regular season finale at 1 p.m.

IN THE RANKINGS: Neither UC Davis, Cal Poly, nor Sacramento State, are listed among the top 25 entering this week's games… The Aggies, however, make their debut in the Far West Region poll at No. 6 according to the latest United Soccer Coaches rankings.

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SCOUTING THE MUSTANGS: Cal Poly enters the week with a 6-9-1 overall record and a 2-5-1 mark in Big West Conference play after splitting its matches last week against UC Davis (W, 3-2 in overtime) and Sacramento State (L, 5-1)… The win over the Aggies is the Mustangs' only triumph in its last seven contests (1-5-1)… Cal Poly is a solid 4-2 at home this season, but has lost its last two dating back to a 3-1 win over UC Riverside on Sept. 28… Sean Goode, who scored the game-winner in overtime against UC Davis back on Oct. 18, shares the team lead in goals (four) and points (nine) with teammate Adam Olsen… Goalkeeper Simon Boehme has played the majority of time in net, posting a 1.24 goals against average and 62 saves to go along with three shutouts.

SERIES NOTES: According to records that date back to 1990, Cal Poly leads the all-time series with UC Davis, 14-12-2, following the Mustangs' 3-2 overtime win over the Aggies earlier this season… UC Davis is winless in its last four matches with Cal Poly, going 0-3-1 in that span after going unbeaten in the previous five (4-0-1) from 2013-15… The Aggies are 1-2-2 in their last five trips to San Luis Obispo, posting their only win during that span on Oct. 22, 2014, by the score of 1-0, and are 4-8-2 away from home against the Mustangs dating back to 1990… Six of the last nine meetings between the two programs have finished in overtime, with each team posting a 2-2-2 record in extra time during that span.

SCOUTING THE HORNETS: Sacramento State enters the week with an 8-7-1 overall record and a 4-3-1 mark in Big West play for 13 points -- just three points back of the Aggies… The Hornets travel to UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday, before returning home to travel across the Causeway and take on UC Davis… Sacramento State split its two matches last week, falling to the Gauchos in overtime (2-1) before routing Cal Poly at home (5-1)… Sophomore midfielder Christian Webb leads the team with six goals and shares the team lead in points with 13 along with Justin Bedig, who has three goals and a team-high seven assists… Goalkeeper James Del Curto has played every minute in net this season for Sacramento State, posting a 1.50 goals against average and 51 saves to go along with a pair of shutouts.

SERIES NOTES: UC Davis leads the all-time series with Sacramento State, 14-9-2, according to records dating back to 1990 following its 2-0 win across the Causeway earlier this season… The victory was only the second in the last seven meetings between the two programs for the Aggies -- both coming in the last two years… UC Davis is 5-5-1 against the Hornets at home since 1990, but is 0-3-1 in the last four matches at the Aggie Soccer Field dating back to a 2-1 win on Nov. 3, 2012.

AGGIES HEADED TO THE TOURNAMENT: Thanks to their win over UC Santa Barbara, and Cal Poly's loss to Sacramento State, the Aggies continue a run that has seen them qualify for the Big West Tournament in each of the last seven years -- the only school in the league that has accomplished the feat in that span -- and the ninth time in 11 Big West seasons overall.

SHAFFER APPROACHING ANOTHER MILESTONE: After logging the 200th win of his Division I coaching career earlier this year against Loyola Marymount on Sept. 8, UC Davis Head Coach Dwayne Shaffer needs just two more victories to reach the 200-win plateau in his UC Davis career, entering the final week of the regular season with a 198-162-52 his is tenure with the Aggies. Overall, Shaffer has accumulated a total of 257 career wins as a head coach with UC Davis (21 years), Dayton (one year), and Santa Rosa Junior College (four years).

SEVENTH HEAVEN: Adam Mickelson finished with seven points in the Aggies two matches last week, finishing with a goal and an assist in an overtime battle against Cal Poly before breaking out with a pair of goals -- including the game-winner -- in a 5-0 rout of UC Santa Barbara. The sociology major from Missoula, Mont., now has 12 points in eight Big West matches and has a point in each of his team's last three contests.

HELP ME, HELP YOU: Mickelson's assist against the Mustangs was his team-high fifth of the year, moving him into a tie with Alex Aguiar's 2011 total for third on the school's Division I single-season list and placing him one back of Kevin Schulte and his six assists in 2010 for second. The Division I single-season record is held by Dylan Curtis, who assisted on 11 goals in 2008.

OH, WHAT A NIGHT: It wasn't late December, but it was a very special time for UC Davis at UC Santa Barbara last weekend, as the Aggies set a number of marks in its 5-0 victory over the Gauchos:

• In sweeping the regular season series from UCSB for only the second time in the history of the series, UC Davis posted its largest margin of victory in a Big West match in the program's history...
• The five goals were the most ever scored by the Aggies in a Big West contest since joining the league, surpassing the four scored in a, 4-2, win over Cal Poly on Oct. 30, 2010, and the most by either team in the UC Davis-UC Santa Barbara series...
• The five goals stand as the third-highest single-match total in the program's Division I history -- the most since a 6-0 win over Pacific on Sept. 20, 2015…
• The 14 points in the match against the Gauchos rank tied for third in a single match in the program's Division I history alongside the 14 scored in the aforementioned win over Cal Poly, and the most since the Aggies posted a school Division I record 17 points in the win over the Tigers two seasons ago.

ON POINT: Saturday's five-goal outburst against UC Santa Barbara gave UC Davis 31 goals on the season -- the third-highest single-season total in the program's Division I history and the most since the 2008 squad finished with 37. Meanwhile, the 82 points rank fourth on the school's Division I list, just two behind the 2015 team that finished with 84 points.

YOU GET A GOAL! YOU GET A GOAL!: It seems like everyone is getting a goal for the Aggies as of late as 12 different players have accounted for UC Davis' last 18 scores dating back to Sept. 10 against San Diego, with Mickelson (four), Noah Wilson (three), and Matt Baringer (two), scoring multiple goals in that stretch.

FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING: UC Davis has had 15 different players account for its 31 games 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. Of those 15 different scorers, eight of them have tallied their first career goals -- the last off the foot of redshirt freshman Nabi Kibunguchy at Sacramento State on Oct. 14.

WHERE THERE'S A WILSON, THERE'S A WAY: Senior Noah Wilson collected his fourth goal of the year last weekend at UC Santa Barbara, inching him up the UC Davis charts in a number of categories as the Aggies enter the final weekend of the regular season. The religious studies major from Petaluma, Calif., moved into a tie for sixth on the school's Division I career points list with 30, while ranking ninth in points per game (0.42), tied for seventh in career goals (11), ranking 10th in goals per game (0.15), tied for fifth in assists (eight), seventh in assists per game (0.11), eighth in shots (86), and tied for seventh in shots on goal (38).

ALMOST THERE: The Aggies enter the final week of the regular season with three players having scoring 10-or-more points this season, tied with last season's total and the most since the 2007 squad finished with six players (Sule Anibaba [17], Nicholas Lind [14], Paul Marcoux [13], Quincy Amarikwa [12], Ian Conklin [12], and Chris Leer [11]) who posted double-digit points.

DON'T BLINK: Or you might miss an Aggie goal. When Mickelson scored just 7:13 into last week's win over UC Santa Barbara, it marked the fifth time this season that the Aggies have scored in the first 10 minutes of a match and the third-fastest goal scored by a UC Davis player this season. Freshman Jake Haupt (6:13 vs. CSU Bakersfield), Matt Baringer (6:14 vs. LMU), and Kyle Higgins (7:30 vs. San Francisco and 8:02 vs. LMU), all join Mickelson in the club for 2017.

"BE QUICK – BUT DON'T HURRY": Speaking of Mickelson, the Montana native teamed up with Matt Baringer to score two of the quickest goals in the school's Division I history, finding the back of the net just 48 seconds apart to erase a two-goal deficit in the final five minutes against Cal Poly last week. The 48 seconds between goals is the shortest this season and the third fastest in the program's Division I history, trailing only the 26 seconds between scores by Miguel Acevedo and Kyle Higgins last season against Cal State Fullerton, and the 41 seconds between goals by Dylan Curtis and Quincy Amarikwa against Long Island in 2008. In all, the Aggies have put up back-to-back scores in less than three minutes on five different occasions this season against the Mustangs, Loyola Marymount (1:48 by Baringer and Kyle Higgins), 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).