Wiesenfarth Named Big West Freshman of the Year

Lance Patterson anchored the UC Davis backline throughout 11 overtime games.
 
Lance Patterson anchored the UC Davis backline throughout 11 overtime games.
 

Nov. 14, 2011

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IRVINE, Calif. - Matt Wiesenfarth was named the Big West Conference Freshman of the Year, while Lance Patterson and Kevin Schulte each picked up spots on the all-conference team, it was announced Monday by the Big West.

Patterson received first-team accolades after being named to the second team last year, while Schulte and Wiesenfarth landed on the All-Big West second team.

Wiesenfarth, a freshman out of Sacramento, paced the UC Davis offense throughout the season, leading the Aggies in goals (5), points (13) and shots (37). The newcomer scored his first career goal in a 3-2 double overtime loss to Sacramento, then scored in three straight matches for the Aggies.

He put away the game winners against UC Riverside on Oct. 1 and at Cal Poly on Oct. 5, then scored UC Davis' only goal in a 2-1 overtime loss against then-No. 15 UC Santa Barbara on Oct. 8. Additionally, he assisted on goals in the final three games of the 2011 season.

Patterson, a senior out of Aurora, Colo., anchored the UC Davis defense throughout an NCAA Div. I record-tying 11 overtime matches and wins against UCLA, UC Irvine and Cal Poly. With Patterson in the backline, UC Davis allowed only 21 goals all season, the second-lowest total since officially becoming a Div. I program in 2007, and advanced to the Big West Conference Tournament for the first time since 2008.

The 6-foot-4 Patterson also contributed offensively, assisting on a goal against Sacramento State. He also connected with Dan Reese for UC Davis' only goal in the semifinals of the Big West Tournament on Nov. 9.

Schulte's season was highlighted by a breakout game against then-No. 7 UC Irvine on Oct. 19. The sophomore scored twice in a road match against the Anteaters to lead UC Davis to a 2-1 overtime victory, earning Big West Offensive Player of the Week honors in the process. Additionally, his in-game heroics were recognized by CollegeSoccer360.com and Soccer America who each named Schulte to their respective national teams of the week.

He also scored UC Davis' only goal in the 1-1 double-overtime draw against Seattle on Sept. 2.

It is the first all-conference selection for Schulte in his UC Davis career.