Aug 15, 2013
IRVINE, Calif. – Senior midfielder Ashley Edwards earned one of 12 spots on the 2013 Big West Conference Preseason All-Conference Team as announced by the league Thursday.
Responsible for the Aggies’ first goal of 2012 when UC Davis faced Fresno State, the Danville native found the back of the net six more times throughout the rest of the season to finish with a team-high total. In addition to her seven goals, Edwards also earned two assists to lead all Aggies with 16 points.
In addition to netting game-winning goals against Lamar and UC Santa Barbara, she also finished with team-high 36 shots and 18 shots on goal.
Named a starter in all 19 games played throughout her stellar junior season, Edwards’ goals, assists, points, shots and shots on goal totals earned in 2012 surpassed her freshman and sophomore efforts combined.
UC Davis women’s soccer was also selected to finish eighth in the Big West’s preseason poll as voted by the league’s head coaches.
Cal State Fullerton, the 2012 regular season champion, was selected the preseason favorite after receiving five first-place votes for a total of 72 points. Long Beach State and UC Irvine finished in a tie for second with one first-place vote and 62 points apiece. The remaining first-place nods went to Cal Poly, which finished fourth with 59 points.
Cal State Northridge, the 2012 Big West Tournament champion earned 59 points for fifth place.
Completing the poll in sixth through ninth place respectively were UC Santa Barbara (30 pts), Hawai’i (27), UC Davis (22) and UC Riverside (17).
Twenty-six letterwinners, including all but one starter, return for head coach Maryclaire Robinson in 2013 - a season that will start with a 5 p.m. home exhibition game on Saturday, Aug. 17, versus Oregon.
The Aggies will officially open their season the following week on Friday, Aug. 23, also at Aggie Soccer Field, against cross-Causeway rival Sacramento State. Kickoff for this year’s season-opening Causeway Cup matchup will also take place at 5 p.m.
2013 BIG WEST WOMEN'S SOCCER PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Ashley Edwards (Sr., MF) - UC Davis
Sara Epps (So., F) - Cal Poly
Tiana Fujimoto (Jr., F) - Hawaii
Taylor Hobson (So., M) - Cal State Northridge
Elise Kreighoff (So., F) - Cal Poly
Natalia Ledezma (Sr., F) - UC Irvine
Elizabeth Lyons (So., F) - Long Beach State
Eileen Maes (Sr., MF) - Long Beach State
Chloe McDaniel (Sr., D) - Cal State Northridge
Taylor Nelson (Jr., MF) - Long Beach State
Chelsey Patterson (Jr., MF) - Cal State Fullerton
Cami Privett (Jr., MF) - UC Irvine
2013 BIG WEST CONFERENCE WOMEN'S SOCCER PRESEASON COACHES POLL
1. Cal State Fullerton (5) - 72 points
T2. Long Beach State (1) - 62
T2. UC Irvine (1) - 62
4. Cal Poly (2) - 59
5. Cal State Northridge - 54
6. UC Santa Barbara - 30
7. Hawaii - 27
8. UC Davis - 22
9. UC Riverside - 17
() denotes first-place votes