Aggies await opponent for Big West Tournament opener

Oct. 31, 2017

THIS WEEK…
Big West Conference Tournament Semifinals
CSUN (9-8-2, 4-4-2) OR Sacramento State (8-8-2, 4-4-2) at UC Davis (10-7-2, 7-2-1)
Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 | 2:00 p.m. | Aggie Soccer Field | Davis, Calif.
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KICK OFF: Champions of the Big West Conference North Division for the second time in the history of the program, the UC Davis men's soccer team will play host to one of two semifinal matches in the 2017 Big West Tournament on Saturday (Nov. 4) at 2 p.m. at the Aggie Soccer Field.

The recipient of a first-round bye by virtue of their division title, the Aggies await the winner of Wednesday's (Nov. 1) first round contest between CSUN (second place in the South Division) and Sacramento State (third-place in the North Division), to be played in Northridge, Calif., at 7 p.m.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE: The complete Big West Tournament schedule is as follows. The Aggies have home field advantage throughout the tournament and would host the championship game on Nov. 11 at a time to be announced should they advance.

2017 BIG WEST CONFERENCE MEN'S SOCCER TOURNAMENT
Wednesday, Nov. 1
UC Riverside (S3) at UC Santa Barbara (N2), 7 p.m.
Sacramento State (N3) at CSUN (S2), 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 4
CSUN/SAC Winner at UC Davis (N1), 2 p.m.
UCSB/UCR Winner at Cal State Fullerton (S1), 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 11
Championship game at highest remaining seed, TBA

GOT TICKETS?: Tickets are on sale through the UC Davis athletic ticket office for Saturday's semifinal by visiting UCDavisAggies.com or by calling (530) 752-AGS1. Tickets are priced at $10 for adults, $8 for youth/seniors, and $2 for UC Davis students (with valid ID).

IN THE RANKINGS: Neither UC Davis, CSUN, nor Sacramento State, are listed among the national top 25 entering this week's tournament. The Aggies, however, are ranked No. 6 according to the United Soccer Coaches' Far West Region poll, while the Matadors are No. 10 in that same ranking.

BE A FOLLOWER: Fans can keep up with the latest in UC Davis athletics by following us on Facebook (/ucdavisaggies) and Twitter (@UCDavisAggies), while the men’s soccer program is also available on both platforms: Facebook (/UCDavisMensSoccer) and Twitter (@UCDavisMSOC) -- the latter also featuring live in-game updates as the match progresses.

ALL-BIG WEST HONORS: Head Coach Dwayne Shaffer was named Big West Coach of the Year for the second time and junior Roy Boateng became the first Aggie to be named the league's defensive player of the year, as the conference office announced the 2017 All-Big West honor roll on Oct. 31. In all, a program-record eight Aggies were honored -- including three on the first-team -- in addition to the two major awards, breaking the mark of two first-teamers in 2008 and seven overall selections in 2013. Boateng, Onah Power, and Nabi Kibunguchy were named to the first team, Miguel Acevedo, Adam Mickelson, and Greg Salazar, earned second-team honors, and Noah Wilson and Lizandro Torres earned honorable mention laurels. Read the complete release at: http://www.ucdavisaggies.com/sports/m-soccer/spec-rel/103117aaa.html.

POWER LOCKS DOWN BIG WEST WEEKLY HONORS: Senior midfielder Onah Power was named the Big West Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 30 for the first time in his career, becoming the fourth Aggie to earn weekly honors from the league this season. The economics major from Oakland, Calif., played a key role in helping UC Davis clinch a division title and top seed in the Big West Tournament, helping hold Cal Poly to just two shots on goal in a 2-1 road win, while collecting an assist in the "senior day" season finale shutout of Sacramento State. Read the complete release at: http://www.ucdavisaggies.com/sports/m-soccer/spec-rel/103017aaa.html.

AGGIES IN THE BIG WEST TOURNAMENT: The 2017 season marks the Aggies' seventh straight appearance in the Big West Tournament and the program's eighth overall in 11 years… UC Davis is 3-6-1 all-time in the league's postseason event, forging a 1-1 draw with Cal State Fullerton last season in the opening round before falling on penalties… The Aggies have not hosted a Big West Tournament match since a 2-1 loss to the Titans in 2014 and are 2-2 at home in tournament play.

2008 - at UC Irvine (L, 1-0)
2011 - at UC Santa Barbara (L, 2-1)
2012 - vs. Cal State Fullerton (W, 2-0); vs. CSUN (L, 1-0)
2013 - vs. UC Riverside (W, 3-1); at UC Irvine (L, 2-0)
2014 - vs. Cal State Fullerton (L, 2-1)
2015 - at CSUN (W, 2-1 in OT); at UCSB (L, 1-0)
2016 - at Cal State Fullerton (T, 1-1… fall 5-3 on PK's)

SHOO-IN: When UC Davis officially kicks off its semifinal contest on Saturday, the Aggies will 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.

SCOUTING CSUN: The Matadors enter the tournament as the No. 2 seed out of the South Division, finishing the regular season with a 9-8-2 overall record and a 4-4-2 mark in Big West play… CSUN had been unbeaten in five straight (4-0-1) until dropping a pair of one-goal decisions to Cal State Fullerton (1-0) and UC Riverside (2-1) last week… Senior forward Emmanuel Usen, Jr., leads the team with eight goals and 19 points this season, while freshman forward Daniel Trejo is second with seven goals and 16 points… Junior goalkeeper Henrik Regitnig has started all 19 matches for CSUN, posting a 1.13 goals against average and 62 saves to go along with four shutouts.

SERIES NOTES: UC Davis leads the all-time series with CSUN, 8-7-5, following a 1-1 draw at the Aggie Soccer Field on Sept. 30 -- the Aggies' only draw of the conference season… Three of the last five meetings between the two have ended in draws, with UC Davis posting a win in the first round of the 2015 conference tournament in Northridge and the Matadors winning 2-1 in 2016 on their home field… The Aggies are 4-3-2 at home against CSUN, but are winless in their last four (0-2-2) against the Matadors at Aggie Soccer Field, having last won on Oct. 16, 2010, in double overtime by the score of 1-0.

SCOUTING SACRAMENTO STATE: The Hornets enter the tournament as the No. 3 seed out of the North Division, finishing the regular season with an 8-8-2 overall record and a 4-4-2 mark in Big West play… Sacramento State is 1-3-1 in its last five heading into postseason play, posting a scoreless draw at UC Santa Barbara and falling to UC Davis last week on the road… Freshman forward Justin Bedig and sophomore forward Christian Webb are tied for the team lead with 13 points, Webb pacing the duo with six goals while Bedig leading the way with seven assists… Senior goalkeeper James Del Curto has started all 18 matches, posting a 1.51 goals against average and 57 saves to go with three shutouts.

SERIES NOTES: UC Davis leads the all-time series with Sacramento State, 15-9-2, sweeping the regular season series with the Hornets by virtue of a 2-0 win on the Hornets' home field back on Oct. 14, and a 3-0 win at home to close the regular season on Oct. 29… The two wins came on the heels of a run that saw the Aggies go winless in five of the previous six (1-3-2)… Dating back to 1990, UC Davis is 6-5-1 against Sacramento State at home, snapping a four-match winless streak (0-3-1) at Aggie Soccer Field dating back to 2012 with their win last weekend.

WE'RE GOING STREAKING!: UC Davis has out-scored the opposition, 10-1, during its recent three-match winning streak, and an impressive 17-4 advantage in the scoring column since the start of North Division play, during which the Aggies have won 5-of-6.

SHAFFER GETS NO. 200… AGAIN: If this sounds familiar, you're not wrong. After clinching the 200th win of his Division I coaching career earlier this year against Loyola Marymount, UC Davis Head Coach Dwayne Shaffer reached the 200-win plateau in his Aggie coaching career on Sunday against Sacramento State, improving to 200-162-52 in his tenure in Davis. Overall, Shaffer has accumulated a total of 259 career wins as a head coach with UC Davis (21 years), Dayton (one year), and Santa Rosa Junior College (four years).

AGGIES WIN 10: With its victory over Sacramento State on Sunday, UC Davis clinched its 10th victory of the season -- the first time in double digits since the Aggies finished 10-7-4 overall and 7-3 in conference play in 2012 en route to their first North Division title and an appearance in the Big West Tournament Championship match. A win Saturday in the semifinals would be the most since UC Davis won a Division I record 13 matches in 2008 -- including its first-ever NCAA Tournament win over Denver in the first round.

HOW SWEEP IT IS: UC Davis swept the regular season series from Sacramento State with its 3-0 win on Sunday, marking the first time the Aggies have done so since 2012. It comes on the heels of their regular season sweep of UC Santa Barbara -- the first time since that same 2012 campaign that they took both meetings from the Gauchos. UC Davis did not surrender a goal to either team in 2017, outscoring its North Division foes by a combined 13-0 count.

TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK: Of sophomore Adam Mickelson's 14 points overall this season, 13 of those have come in Big West play -- the latest an assist against the Hornets on Sunday. The assist was his team-high sixth of the season, a total that ties him with Kevin Schulte and his six helpers in 2010 for second on the program's Division I single-season list. The program's Division I single-season record is held by Dylan Curtis, who assisted on 11 goals in 2008.

ON POINT: Mickelson's 14 points this year rank tied for sixth on the program's Division I single-season list, moving him alongside Nicholas Lind and his 14 in 2007.

THE GREAT WALLIS OF DAVIS: Sophomore goalkeeper Wallis Lapsley has been stellar in net for the Aggies in Big West play, allowing just eight goals in 10 starts en route to a 0.80 goals against average and a hand in five shutouts.

POINTS OF EMPHASIS: Five more goals this week gave the Aggies 36 goals and 96 points on the year -- both of which rank third in their respective categories in the Division I era. UC Davis is one goal shy of the 2008 squad and their 37 goals for second on that list, while the Aggies need just four more points to become only the third UC Davis team to reach the century mark at the Division I level along with the 2007 (116) and 2008 (101) teams. With 24 assists this year, the 2017 team ranks in a tie for fourth, just four back of the 2007 squad and their record 28 helpers.

WHERE THERE'S A WILSON, THERE'S A WAY: Senior Noah Wilson assisted on teammate Miguel Acevedo's game-winner against Sacramento State on Sunday, moving him up a pair of career lists in the program's Division I history. The religious studies major from Petaluma, Calif., moved into a tie for fifth on the school's Division I career points list with 31, while ranking ninth in points per game (0.42), tied for eighth in career goals (11), fifth in assists (nine), seventh in assists per game (0.12), eighth in shots (90), and tied for fifth in shots on goal (40).

SPEAKING OF RECORD BOOKS: With his two goals on Sunday against the Hornets, senior Kyle Higgins moved into a tie for 10th on the school's Division I career list for points with 27, while leaping into a tie for sixth with 12 career goals -- the most since Matt Wiesenfarth finished with 17 from 2011-15.

FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING: With Roy Boateng's goal at Cal Poly last week, UC Davis now has had 16 different players account for its 36 goals 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 16 different scorers, eight of them have tallied their first career goals this year -- the last off the foot of redshirt freshman Nabi Kibunguchy at Sacramento State on Oct. 14.

GIMME FIVE!: Kyle Higgins' two goals and an assist by Noah Wilson moved the senior duo into double-digit points on the year, becoming the fourth and fifth Aggies with at least 10 points this season. Along with teammates Adam Mickelson (14), Matt Baringer (12), and Miguel Acevedo (12), UC Davis has five players with 10-or-more points in a single campaign for the first time since the 2007 squad finished with six (Sule Anibaba [17], Nicholas Lind [14], Paul Marcoux [13], Quincy Amarikwa [12], Ian Conklin [12], and Chris Leer [11]).

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).