Aug 21, 2013
Game 1 - Causeway Cup Match
Sacramento State Hornets (0-0)
UC Davis Aggies (0-0)
Friday, Aug. 23 - 5 p.m.
Aggie Soccer Field (1,000) - Davis, Calif.
DAVIS, Calif. - Less than one week after leaving its home field with a 1-0 exhibition victory over the Oregon Ducks, UC Davis will return to Aggie Soccer Field to begin the 2013 season against a familiar foe - cross-Causeway rival Sacramento State.
Besides being the first regular season matchup for both teams, Friday's event is the first contest of a season-long battle between UC Davis and Sacramento State's 17 common athletics teams. In addition to securing its first victory of the season, the winner will also earn five points in the Causeway Cup standings. If the match ends in a tie, the teams will split the available points; the school with the most points earned at the end of the season is declared the Causeway Cup champion for the year.
Cup winners in three of the last four seasons, defending champion UC Davis and Sacramento State will square-off against one another only once throughout the regular season.
"I think the rivalry is important for our entire athletics department," said women's soccer head coach Maryclaire Robinson, now in her 22nd year. "Having a game our students, fans and other student-athletes can circle on each sport's schedule helps create more support here for athletics in general. The Causeway Cup helps the entire campus rally around one another when the Aggies play the Hornets."
In addition to starting the Causeway series on a positive note, a win over will also extend the Aggies' string of success against the Hornets for another season.
Since joining the Big West Conference in 2007, UC Davis has not lost a head-to-head match against Sacramento State. Outside of last season's scoreless draw, and a 1-1 tie in 2009, the Aggies have not lost to the Hornets in six years and have not dropped a home match since the '05 season.
UC Davis will enter Friday's showdown versus Sacramento State on the heels of last Saturday's 1-0 exhibition win over the visiting Oregon Ducks, the only exhibition match on the Aggies' 2013 schedule.
"The last time we played Oregon in the spring, we had a lead slip away and ended with a 2-2 tie," said Robinson following last Saturday's victory. "To earn a win against a quality opponent, that is well-organized, is a great way to prepare for the year.
"We made adjustments at halftime; to see the players respond to those changes and finish a quality chance is fantastic."
Even though the results are unofficial, a boisterous crowd of 477 saw a UC Davis team that dominated the action in the second half, nearly scoring on a handful of occasions before netting the game-winner. On defense, the Aggies' back line prevented Oregon from creating any semblance of a scoring opportunity and allowed only one shot on goal throughout the final 45 minutes.
Sacramento State opened its exhibition schedule on Aug. 16, at Santa Clara, in a game that saw the host Broncos score three goals in the second half to defeat the Hornets 4-1. Two days later, on their home field, the Hornets downed the Sacramento Storm 2-0 to secure a split of its pre-Causeway matches.