Oct. 28, 2008
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Sun., Nov. 2 - at Cal Poly, 2:30 p.m., (Alex G. Spanos Stadium)
Wed., Oct. 22 - Cal State NORTHRIDGE, W, 3-2
Sat., Oct. 25 - No. 20 UC IRVINE, T, 1-1
The UC Davis men's soccer team went 1-0-1 last weekend in Big West Conference action... The Aggies rallied with two goals in a five-minute span to defeat Cal State Northridge, 3-2, on Wednesday... They battled to a 1-1 tie with No. 20 UC Irvine on Saturday to hold their lead atop the conference standings.
Cal State Northridge jumped ahead 2-1 during Wednesday's game and held that lead into the final 10 minutes of the contest... Senior Dylan Curtis scored from 15 yards out to tie the game and fellow senior Quincy Amarikwa netted his second goal of the game just over five minutes later to give the Aggies the win... It marked the fourth time this season that Amarikwa has scored two goals in a game.
Curtis struck again on Saturday with another 15-yard strike in the 1-1 tie with the Anteaters... He nearly gave the Aggies another goal in the 60th minute, but his shot bounced off the post and was cleared out... For his efforts, Curtis was named Big West Player of the Week for the second time this season.
The Aggies moved up and down in the national rankings, with their best improvement coming two spots to No. 8 in the Soccer Times poll... UC Davis dropped one spot in the College Soccer News poll (No. 11) and Soccer America (No. 9)... The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) continues to rank the Aggies 10th... In addition, the Aggies are ranked second in the Far West Region by the NSCAA...
Individually, Amarikwa is tied for the national lead in goals scored with 15, and ranks fourth in goals per game (0.94) and eighth in points per game (1.94).... Curtis is now sixth in assists per game at 0.59.
For the first time this season, the eighth-ranked UC Davis soccer team faces a one-game week... The Aggies will travel down to Cal Poly on Sunday for a 2:30 p.m. match-up at Alex G. Spanos Stadium... The Mustangs are 6-1-1 at home this season.
The Aggies and Mustangs met earlier this season at Aggie Soccer Stadium... UC Davis earned a convincing 2-0 victory behind goals from sophomore Miles Hadley and senior Sule Anibaba... Curtis and junior Paul Marcoux had the assists... Last season Cal Poly and UC Davis split two games, with each team wining at home... The Aggies won the second meeting at home, 2-1, to upset the then-No. 19 Mustangs... Dating back to the 2005 season, the team have split their two-game series... Cal Poly won the lone meeting in 2004.
The Mustangs have been others receiving votes in the NSCAA, College Soccer News and Soccer Times national rankings for most of the season... They enter the week with an overall record of 8-4-4 and sit third in the conference standings at 3-2-2... The Mustangs earned ties with No. 20 UC Irvine (1-1) and Cal State Northridge (0-0) last week... Cal Poly will play at UC Riverside on Wednesday... David Zamora leads the team with six goals and is tied with Julian Alavarez with 12 points... Kyle Montgomery leads the squad with six assists.
HEAD COACH Dwayne Shaffer
On Team's Status: "Giving up early goals is just about focus. You're going to give up goals regardless. The level of the teams we're playing are so good that everybody is going to have an opportunity to score. It would be nice if we could get back into the habit of scoring the first goal because it makes the game so much easier to play. (UC Irvine) scored a nice goal on Saturday. I felt like we made a mental mistake and just got caught. We had opportunities to shut down their counterattack and didn't. Their player scored a nice goal. This week is more a chance for us to focus on getting healthy and getting fresh again. This is our first seven-day break of the entire season. It feels nice and we are able to give the players some time off to get focused. We will work on some individual aspects in training and watch a lot of video. We just want to keep improving and trying to find a mental edge for Sunday."
On Cal Poly: "Cal Poly has a very good fan following and their coach has done a good job of incorporating the community. That kind of stuff happens when you're winning. We know their personnel and the style of soccer that they play. We can adjust a little on our team defense and hopefully find some areas we can exploit. At this point of the season every team is so good that there really aren't too many areas to exploit. It's more of individuals on our team continuing to step up and make some plays."
On Conference Standings: "It's not pressure in the standings, it's just making sure we play well and that we give ourselves an opportunity to win a game. And that's my job as a coach, making sure we are prepared and ready to play a good game. We've taken some time off and now we're back to training."