Aggies, Matadors Meet in Big West Tournament Championship

Alex Aguiar is one of UC Davis' leading scorers with three goals. (Wayne Tilcock)
 
Alex Aguiar is one of UC Davis' leading scorers with three goals. (Wayne Tilcock)
 

Nov. 9, 2012

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The Last Meeting
UC Davis0
Cal State Northridge2
September 28, 2012
Northridge, Calif.
Men's Soccer Drops Big West Opener
Alex Aguiar led the UC Davis men's soccer team offensively with four shots while Omar Zeenni made five saves, but Cal State Northridge scored twice in the opening 15 minutes, then held on for a 2-0 win on Friday at Matador Soccer Field in Northridge.

AGGIES, MATADORS FACE OFF IN BIG WEST CHAMPIONSHIP
• UC Davis, the top-seeded team in the North Division, hosts the top-seeded from the South Division in Cal State Northridge in the championship match of the Big West Conference Tournament.
• The game will kick off on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Aggie Soccer Field in Davis.

TICKET INFORMATION
• Tickets for Saturday's game are on sale now by calling 530-752-AGS1 or visiting ucdavisaggies.com.
• General admission tickets are $10 each and student tickets are $5 each.

FOLLOW THE AGGIES LIVE
• Saturday's game will be televised live on Fox Prime Ticket, FOX San Diego and FOX College Sports... Channel lineups are as follows:

  • DirecTV: 693
  • Dish Network: 411
  • Comcast: 413 (FCS Atlantic)
• Gametracker live stats will also be available via www.ucdavisaggies.com.

SCOUTING CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE (14-6, 7-3 BIG WEST)
• Cal State Northridge defeated Cal Poly 2-0 on Wednesday in the semifinal of the Big West Tournament to advance to its first championship game.
• Sophomore Sagi Lev-Ari scored his conference-leading 13th goal of the season in the win... He also leads the league in points (26) and is tied for first in game-winning goals with six.
• Goalkeeper Michael Abalos was named the Big West Goalkeeper of the Year and enters Saturday's game with a 0.94 goals against average to go with a .760 save percentage... His 7 shutouts are the best in the Big West.
• Junior Carlos Benavides has 10 assists on the season, ranking him No. 1 in the conference
• The Matadors clinched the Big West South Division on Oct. 27 with a 2-1 win at UC Riverside to advance to the postseason for the first time since 2009.
• Saturday marks Cal State Northridge's first-ever Big West Tournament final appearance.

ALL-TIME AGAINST CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
• UC Davis owns a 7-4-2 overall record against Cal State Northridge since first meeting in 2005... The Aggies suffered a 2-0 loss in Northridge on Sept. 29.
• The teams last met in Davis last season with Cal State Northridge claiming a 3-0 victory.
• UC Davis has traditionally played strong at home against Cal State Northridge and own a 4-2 record over the Matadors at Aggie Soccer Field.

THE ROAD TO THE FINALS
• UC Davis opened the 2012 campaign unbeaten, staring with a 1-0 season-opening victory against UNLV... It was the first victory in a season opener for UC Davis since 2008.
• The Aggies went on to four straight draws, tying with then-No. 17 CSU Bakersfield (Aug. 27), Air Force (Aug. 31), Denver (Sept. 2) and San Francisco (Sept. 6)... All four were road matches.
• UC Davis dropped four out of its next five games, but topped No. 23 Tulsa 2-1 on Sept. 14.
• Since a 2-0 loss at Cal State Northridge on Sept. 28, UC Davis owns an 8-2 record... Both losses came to Cal Poly.
• The Aggies put together a four-game winning streak, starting with a 3-1 victory at UC Irvine on Sept. 30.

AGGIES IN THE BIG WEST TOURNAMENT
• Saturday marks UC Davis' first-ever appearance in the Big West Tournament championship game.
• It is UC Davis' third time in the conference tournament after appearances in 2008 and 2010.
• Wednesday's win over Cal State Fullerton was UC Davis' first-ever Big West Tournament victory after falling in the semifinals in both 2008 and 2010.
• In 2008, UC Irvine, ranked eighth nationally, took a 1-0 win in the tournament semifinals... UC Davis, ranked 14th, received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament that year and advanced to the second round.
• In 2010, the Aggies dropped a 2-1 decision to UC Santa Barbara at Harder Stadium in the tournament semifinals.

THREE AGGIES LAND ON BIG WEST ROLLS
Kevin Schulte and Omar Zeenni each earned All-Big West Conference second team honors while Alex Henry was an honorable mention.
• Schulte has appeared in all 20 matches and has scored three goals.
• Zeenni closed out the regular season with a 10-5-4 overall record to go with six shutouts... He was named Big West Defensive Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 4... He is tied for fourth all-time in single season saves with 65.
• Henry earned back-to-back Big West Offensive Player of the Week honors this season after assisting on the gamewinner against UC Riverside, then scoring the gamewinner himself against Cal State Fullerton two games later... The very next week he took down then-No. 8 UCSB with a goal in the 85th minute... He owns a team-leading four assists.

UC DAVIS 2, CAL STATE FULLERTON 0 (NOV. 7)
Matt Sheldon scored his third goal of the year in the 26th minute, then Ian Palmer put away his first career goal in the 82nd minute as UC Davis claimed a 2-0 Big West Tournament semifinal win over Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday at Aggie Soccer Field.
Omar Zeenni recorded his sixth shutout of the year.
• It was UC Davis' fourth win in the last five games and second consecutive victory.

COMING UP NEXT>
• The selection show for the NCAA Div. I Men's Soccer Championships will be held on Monday, Nov. 12 at 2:30 p.m. PT.
• A total of 48 teams will be selected from the 202 NCAA Div. I institutions offering men's soccer... 22 teams will receive automatic qualification with the remaining best 26 teams selected on an at-large basis.