First-Place Aggies Take on UCSB

Omar Zeenni and the Aggies are in first place in the North Division. (Wayne Tilcock)

Oct. 26, 2012

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The Last Meeting
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October 13, 2012
Davis, Calif.
Men's Soccer Shuts Down #8 UC Santa Barbara
Alex Henry curled a direct free kick into the upper left corner of the goal in the 85th minute and Omar Zeenni and the UC Davis defense shut out eighth-ranked UC Santa Barbara in a 1-0 men's soccer victory on Saturday at Aggie Soccer Field.

FIRST-PLACE AGGIES TRAVEL TO UCSB
• The UC Davis men's soccer team begins the second half of North Division play on Sunday with a 2 p.m. matchup against UC Santa Barbara at Harder Stadium.

FOLLOW THE AGGIES LIVE
• Live video, audio and stats will be available for Sunday's match against UC Santa Barbara.
• Visit ucdavisaggies.com or ucsbgauchos.com to access the links.

SCOUTING UC SANTA BARBARA (9-3-3, 3-3-1 BIG WEST)
• UC Santa Barbara has lost three of its last four matches and are ranked 25th by the NSCAA.
• Senior Nic Ryan scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season in UCSB's last match against Cal Poly... He leads the team in points (17) and game-winning goals (4)... Five of his eight goals have come during Big West play.
• Goalkeeper Austin Mansker ranks 26th nationally with a .777 goals against average... That also ranks him No. 1 in the Big West.
• The Gauchos will play a nonconference game against Stanford on Friday before hosting UC Davis on Sunday.

ALL-TIME AGAINST UC SANTA BARBARA
• UC Davis' 1-0 win over UC Santa Barbara on Oct. 13 marked just the third time in program history that the Aggies have defeated the Gauchos.
• UC Davis is now 3-12-2 all time against UCSB.
• The Aggies have never defeated the Gauchos twice in a single season... In 2008, UC Davis claimed a 2-0 victory at Harder Stadium on Oct. 11 before tying the Gauchos in Davis on Nov. 8.

UC DAVIS 3, SACRAMENTO STATE 1 (OCT. 20)
• UC Davis scored three goals in a 19-minute span and outshot Sacramento State 16-0 in the second half to claim a 3-1 win at Hornet Field on Oct. 20.
Brian Ford, Eric Budniewski and John Joslin each scored goals for the Aggies.
• The Aggies also won nine corner kicks while giving up just one to the Hornets.

THE WILD, WILD BIG WEST
• With last weekend's win UC Davis is now in first place in the North Division with 15 points.
• The Aggies are followed closely by Cal Poly and Sacramento State who are tied with 13 points... The Mutangs and Hornets face off on Saturday.
• UC Santa Barbara is in fourth in the division with 10 points.
• Cal State Northridge has already wrapped up a berth to the conference tournament... With 15 points, the Matadors can clinch the South Division title with a win or a tie against UC Riverside on Saturday.
• The top two teams in each division advance to the Big West Conference Tournament.

OFFENSIVE EXCELLENCE
• UC Davis has won five of its last six games after turning up the offensive intensity.
• Over the last six games, UC Davis has outshot its opponents 90-53 and outscored opponents by a 9-4 margin.
• The Aggies have also won 37 corner kicks while giving up just 23 to opponents over the last six games.

TOTAL TEAM EFFORT
• UC Davis' 17 goals have been scored by nine different players... Alex Aguiar, Kevin Schulte and Pat Reese have scored three goals apiece.
• Additionally, the 13 assists come from eight different players... Ryan Gross and Alex Henry each have three.

COMING UP NEXT
• UC Davis closes out the regular season with two home games.
• The Aggies host Cal Poly on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 3 p.m. before hosting Sacramento State on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 3 p.m.