Aggies close regular season against Central Coast foes

The UC Davis men's soccer seniors were honored prior to last Saturday's match against Sacramento State and will make their final home appearance on Wednesday against Cal Poly.
Oct. 25, 2016

THIS WEEK…
MATCH 18: Cal Poly (3-9-3, 1-5-2) at UC Davis (7-8-2, 3-5-0)
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016
3:00 p.m.
Aggie Soccer Field
Davis, Calif.
Game Coverage: Live Stats | Video | UC Davis Notes | Cal Poly Men's Soccer

MATCH 19: UC Davis (7-8-2, 3-5-0) at UC Santa Barbara (9-5-3, 5-0-3)
Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016
2:00 p.m.
Harder Stadium
Santa Barbara, Calif.
Game Coverage: Live Stats | Video | UCSB Men's Soccer

OPENING WHISTLE: The UC Davis men’s soccer team heads down the stretch in need of crucial points to secure a spot in the Big West Tournament, taking on the league’s Central Coast contingent to close out the regular season. The Aggies welcome Cal Poly to Northern California on Wednesday (Oct. 26) in the final home match of the season at 3 p.m., before heading to the coast to take on UC Santa Barbara on Sunday (Oct. 30) at 2 p.m. in Santa Barbara.

IN THE POLLS: Neither UC Davis, Cal Poly, nor UC Santa Barbara, are ranked the top 25 entering this week... The Gauchos received one vote in the NSCAA poll and are seventh in the Far West region.

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I NEED STATS, STAT!: Barring technical difficulties, live stats for all UC Davis home matches, as well as select road contests, are available on your computer and mobile devices courtest the StatBroadcast platform. Visit the men’s soccer schedule page at UCDavisAggies.com or the UC Davis StatBroadcast landing page at UCDavisLiveStats.com to access the links.

BIG WEST BIG PICTURE: The Aggies enter the week holding on to the third and final playoff spot for the upcoming Big West Tournament with nine points, standing four points clear of fourth-place Cal Poly and four points behind second-place Sacramento State. UC Davis needs at least a draw on Wednesday against the Mustangs to clinch a berth, while a loss means the Aggies will need at least a point at UC Santa Barbara and a Hornets win over Cal Poly to advance.

CAL POLY BRIEFLY: The Mustangs enter the week with a 3-9-3 overall record and a 1-5-2 mark in Big West Conference play after falling to Sacramento State (1-0) and battling to a scoreless draw with rival UC Santa Barbara last week... Cal Poly is winless in its last three (0-2-1) dating back to its only league win of the year over UC Davis on Oct. 12 in San Luis Obispo... The Mustangs have scored only 11 goals this season, but sport one of the league’s toughest defenses, allowing a conference-low 19 goals this season... Justin Dhillon has seven of the team’s 11 goals, leading the team with 17 points and 42 shots on the year... Goalkeeper Eric Kam has played all but 180 minutes in net this season, posting a 1.10 goals against and 38 saves to go along with three shutouts in 13 matches.

VERSUS THE MUSTANGS: The series between UC Davis and Cal Poly is tied at 12-12-2 dating back to 1990... The Mustangs snapped a six-match winless streak against the Aggies with their 2-1 win in San Luis Obispo earlier this year... Each of the last 11 contests between the two have been decided by a single goal or fewer... Four of the last seven matches between the two have gone to overtime, with UC Davis posting a 2-0-2 mark in those matches... Since 1990, the Aggies are 4-7-2 against the Mustangs in San Luis Obispo, going 1-0-2 in the last three trips down the coast.

UC SANTA BARBARA BRIEFLY: The Gauchos enter the week with a 9-5-3 overall record and an unbeaten 5-0-3 mark in Big West Conference play, having not lost since their non-conference finale against California on Sept. 24... UCSB plays at Sacramento State before hosting UC Davis... Junior midfielder Kevin Feucht leads the team with 10 goals and 22 points, while Nick DePuy -- who had the overtime game-winner against the Aggies in their first meeting -- and Ahinga Selemani have six goals and 14 points apiece... Freshman Titouan Le Roux has played every minute in net, posting a 1.40 goals against and 61 saves to go along with four shutouts.

VERSUS THE GAUCHOS: According to records that date back to 2004, UC Santa Barbara leads the all-time series with UC Davis, 18-5-3, having won the last five meetings... The last Aggie victory in the series came in 2014 when they shutout the visiting Gauchos, 1-0, in double overtime at home... Six of the last nine meetings -- and 11 matches overall -- between the two programs have gone to overtime... Each of the last 11 games have been decided by one goal or fewer... Since 1990, the Aggies are just 2-10-2 against the Gauchos in Santa Barbara, posting their last win there on Oct. 28, 2012, with a 2-1 overtime win.

BOATENG STANDS DOWN: For the first time since the first match of his freshman year, defender Roy Boateng came off for a substitute late in the second half against Sacramento State on Saturday. It put an end to an impressive run for the Rohnert Park, Calif., native, who had played every minute of every match since his debut in the 2015 season opener at Seattle -- an “Ironman” streak that ended at 3,485 minutes and 18 seconds.

10 MINUTES OR LESS: When junior Kyle Higgins needed just seven minutes to find the back of the net against UC Santa Barbara, he became the fourth different Aggie to score in the first 10 minutes of a match this season and the 15th-fastest goal scored in the program’s Division I history. Matt Baringer (4:36 at CSU Bakersfield), Evan Barrett (6:44 at UC Irvine), and Kristian Heptner (7:50 at Pacific), have all accomplished the feat -- and all three coming on the road.

ACTIVE AGGIE: Higgins’ goal against the Gauchos gave him seven for his UC Davis career, tying him with teammate Dashiell MacNamara for the most among active Aggies entering the final week of the regular season. His fifth of the season, Higgins is now tied with Kristian Heptner for the team lead and leads the team with 12 points overall -- the latter of which ranks tied for 12th on the school’s Division I single-season points list.

MONTANA MENACE: Although his run came to an end last Saturday against Sacramento State, Higgins is closing out his junior season by displaying the touch that once made him one of the top prep goal scorers in the state of Montana. With his goal against UC Santa Barbara, Higgins collected his fifth straight match with at least one point (four goals, two assists) -- the longest such run since former teammate Lucas Mohageg did so in five straight matches with four goals and two assists from Sept. 16-Oct. 1 of last season. It’s part of a career year for the Missoula, Mont., native, who entered this season with just two goals and an assist to his name in his previous two seasons with the Aggies.

JUST KICKIN’ IT: Sophomore Matt Baringer nearly tied a school Division I record on Saturday against Sacramento State, recording seven shots (four of those on frame) against the Hornets to stand just one shy of now-Assistant Coach Chris Leer’s mark of eight set against Cal Poly on Oct. 31, 2009. Baringer’s total is the highest for an Aggie since Matt Wiesenfarth finished with seven at UC Riverside on Nov. 5, 2011, and the two stand tied with Quincy Amarikwa (seven at Cal State Fullerton in 2008) and Michael Garrick (seven at Oregon State in 2010) for the number two spot on the list.

RECORD BOOK BULLET POINTS: The five goals scored by Kyle Higgins and Kristian Heptner rank tied for seventh on the school’s Division I Era single-season list, each standing one back of Lance Patterson (2010), Matt Wiesenfarth (2013), and Matt Sheldon (2013), for a tie for fourth on the same chart... Heptner’s three game-winners rank tied for second behind Quincy Amarikwa’s Division I Era record of five set in 2008... Greg Salazar’s four assists rank tied for fourth in the Division I Era... Heptner stands tied for seventh in the Division I Era with 41 shots this year.

STEVEN’S UNIVERSE: Senior Steven Guzman celebrated “Senior Day” the best way he knew how against Sacramento State last Saturday, scoring his second career goal off a feed from fellow senior Dashiell MacNamara in the 68th minute to get the Aggies on the board. Guzman’s score against the Hornets came just over a calendar year after he netted his first career goal at UC Santa Barbara on Oct. 21, 2015.

LIMITING CHANCES: After allowing just eight shots (three on goal) to Sacramento State last Saturday, the Aggies have held opponents to single digits in the shot column in 10 of their 16 matches this season.

TAKING THEIR BEST SHOT: The Aggies have bombarded opposing goalkeepers with double-digit shots in 15 of the team’s 17 matches this season -- including reaching the 20-shot plateau for the third time this season on Oct. 22 against Sacramento State. The total is tied with the 20 shots taken at Loyola Marymount on Sept. 11, and stands behind only the 24-shot barrage against UC Riverside on Oct. 6. The 20 shots, however, have not equated to wins for UC Davis, which has lost all three matches despite a 64-24 shot advantage and 23-14 lead in shots on goal in those contests.

THE BIG 2-1: All five of UC Davis’ losses in Big West play have been decided by identical scores of 2-1. However, with the loss to Sacramento State, it marked the first Saturday in conference play where the Aggies haven’t rebounded with a victory while scoring three goals in the process.

HAND GRENADES, HORSESHOES...: And UC Davis soccer. Seven of the Aggies’ eight defeats this season have been by a single goal save for a 2-0 loss at Loyola Marymount on Sept. 11, while 13 of the team’s 17 contests overall have been decided by one goal or fewer.

EXTRA EFFORT: When UC Santa Barbara scored just 138 seconds into overtime last week, the Gauchos put an end to UC Davis’ unbeaten run in overtime contests this season (1-1-2) and snapped a nine-match unbeaten streak (4-0-5) dating back to a 2-1 defeat in double overtime at San Jose State on Sept. 16 of last season.

HEP, HEP, HOORAY!: Sophomore Kristian Heptner continues to improve upon the best season, statistically, of his brief UC Davis career. The West Sacramento, Calif., native enters the final week of the regular season ranked fourth in the Big West in shots (41), fifth in shots per game (2.41), tied for eighth in goals (5), 10th in goals per game (0.29), and tied for the league lead with three game-winning goals on the year.

SIZZLING SALAZAR: Junior defender Greg Salazar has made a habit of stopping opponents from scoring goals. This season, he’s made a point of helping his team find the back of the net, leading the Aggies -- and ranking tied for fifth in the Big West entering the week -- with four assists. The total is twice his career total entering this year after the Long Beach, Calif., native logged single assists during his freshman and sophomore years.

QUE-”NADA” IN NET: The white-washing of Cal State Fullerton on Oct. 8 marked senior goalkeeper Armando Quezada’s fifth shutout of the season (which shares the Big West Conference lead entering the week) and the 12th of his career, moving him past Ryan McCowan (2007-10) for fifth on the progam’s all-time list. The 2013 Big West Goalkeeper of the Year, Omar Zeenni, holds the school record with 18 shutouts during his career.

HE’S A KEEPER: Quezada enters the final week of the regular season ranked third in the Big West with a 1.19 goals against average, while also standing among the top 10 in save percentage (6th, .672), saves (6th, 39), save per game (8th, 2.29), and shutouts per game (0.29). The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., native also stands among the top 25 in the NATION in minutes played, entering the week at No. 23 with 1,442:33 between the pipes this season.

THREE’S A WIN: UC Davis’ 3-1 win at Sacramento State on Oct. 15 marked the fourth time this season that the Aggies have scored three goals in a match, winning every one. UC Davis is unbeaten in its last 48 matches (46-0-2) when scoring at least three goals in a single game dating back to a, 4-3, defeat against San Francisco State on Oct. 28, 2000.

PERFECT PAIR: The win at Sacramento State also gave the Aggies their 15th straight win when scoring two (or more) goals dating back to a, 3-2, defeat at the hands of the Hornets on Nov. 1, 2014.

SHAFFER’S MARCH TO 200: Now in his 20th season at the helm of the Aggies, UC Davis Head Coach Dwayne Shaffer stands just four wins shy No. 200 for his Division I coaching career, carrying a 196-163-49 (.540) record in 20 seasons -- 189 of those coming in his 19-plus years at UC Davis -- when you include his one year at Dayton. Overall, Shaffer has accumulated a total of 248 wins as a head coach at UC Davis (19 years), Dayton (one year), and Santa Rosa JC (four years).

YOU’RE GONNA NEED A STOPWATCH: The 54 seconds between UC Davis goals against Sacramento State on Oct. 15 is the third-fastest time between goals by teammates in the school’s Division I history -- and only the third duo to do so under a minute, joining Dylan Curtis and Quincy Amarikwa (41 seconds) in 2008 and record-holders Higgins and Miguel Acevedo (26 seconds) against Cal State Fullerton on Oct. 8.

PENALTY PERFECT: Junior Noah Wilson’s successful penalty that halved the Aggies’ deficit at CSUN on Sept. 29 and broke up a Matador shutout kept UC Davis’ perfect record in that category intact, improving the Aggies to 4-for-4 from the penalty spot this season. It was Wilson’s second successful penalty of the year, joining sophomore teammate Kristian Heptner, who also has two. UC Davis is a combined 19-for-27 (.704) in penalties during the program’s Division I Era, while the four makes this season stand second only to the five made (in six attempts) during the 2007 campaign in that span.

#AGGIESINTHEPROS: Former UC Davis men’s soccer standouts shining on the professional stage include: Quincy Amarikwa (San Jose Earthquakes/MLS), Matt Sheldon (OC Blues/USL), Elliott Hord (Sacramento Republic FC/USL), Kris Schultz (Canterbury United FC/New Zealand ASB Premiership), Matt Wiesenfarth (Canterbury United FC/New Zealand ASB Premiership), Ahmad Hatifie (C.D. Aguiluchos USA/NPSL), and Ramon Martin Del Campo (FC Puerto Rico/NASL).