Sep 4, 2013
LAST WEEK’S MATCHES
Aug. 30 vs. Iowa: L, 1-0
Sept. 1 vs. Drake: W, 3-2
THIS WEEK’S ACTION
UC Davis Aggies (2-1-0)
University of San Francisco Dons (2-1-0)
Game 1 of 2 at the University of San Francisco Tournament
Friday, Sept. 6 – 7 p.m.
Negoesco Stadium (3,000) – San Francisco, Calif.
UC Davis Aggies
California Golden Bears (3-0-1)
Game 2 of 2 at the University of San Francisco Tournament
Sunday, Sept. 8 – 11 a.m.
Negoesco Stadium (3,000) – San Francisco, Calif.
DAVIS, Calif. – UC Davis will compete in the first of nine consecutive road matches beginning Friday evening at San Francisco in the first of two games scheduled throughout the weekend at the University of San Francisco tournament. The event will conclude Sunday when the Aggies face No. 18 Cal; live stats links for both matches and a video stream of Friday’s contest are available at ucdavisaggies.com.
SCOUTING SAN FRANCISCO
San Francisco enters the weekend with a 2-1-0 overall record and will complete its season-opening five-match homestand at its own tournament. The Dons started their season with a 2-0 triumph over Nevada, and a 2-1 win against San Jose State before suffering a 1-0 shutout loss versus Detroit Mercy in its previously played match last Sunday.
Even though freshman forward Lexie Krueger leads the team with two goals, junior forward Mackenzie Krieser has been the focal point for the Dons’ offense. Of the team’s 51 shots taken throughout its first three games of the year, Krieser has 22 to her credit, and is responsible for 12 of San Francisco’s 27 shots on goal.
UC Davis last faced San Francisco in the Dons’ 2011 season opener, a match that saw the Aggies capture a 2-0 win to extend its win streak against USF to four matches, and its unbeaten streak to seven. UC Davis last lost to San Francisco in 1993.
SCOUTING NO. 18 CAL
UC Davis will end its time in San Francisco with a neutral-site matchup against nationally ranked Cal. Of the nine previously played head-to-head matchups, Sunday’s event is the first to take place on a neutral field. In addition to facing its first ranked opponent of the season, UC Davis will also seek its first victory over the Golden Bears; with the exception of a scoreless tie in 1993, Cal has earned wins in eight matches.
The Aggies did defeat the Bears 1-0 at Aggie Soccer Stadium in 2007, however, that contest was an exhibition.
Last season, Cal escaped Davis with a 2-1, double-overtime triumph in just the second head-to-head, regular season meeting between the teams in the last 20 years. Even though only 63 miles separate each team’s home field, Cal and UC Davis have faced one another in as many exhibition contests since 1993.
In its first four games, the Bears have been a more dangerous team in the second half as seven of their nine goals, and 35 of their 54 shots were recorded in the second half or beyond.
Cal has competed in one overtime game this year, a match at Pepperdine that ended in a 2-2 draw.
MARCH TO THE MILESTONE
With 196 wins (and counting), UC Davis head coach Maryclaire Robinson is one of a handful of coaches with a realistic shot of reaching the 200 career victory milestone this season. In her 22nd year at the helm of the women’s soccer program, she enters the 2013 campaign with a 194-160-31 career record and .544 winning percentage.
Entering the third week of action, numerous Aggies possess top-10 totals in the Big West (ranking in parentheses)
Shots: Lexi Poppoff – 7 (T-8)
Shots Per Game: Lexi Poppoff – 2.33/gm (T-9)
Points: Kiele Argente – 3 (T-8)
Points Per Game: Kiele Argente – 1.50 (T-2); Andrea Damian – 1.00 (T-7)
Goals: Kiele Argente – 1.00 (T-7); Andrea Damian, Ashley Edwards and Haley Hughes – 1.00 (T-7)
Goals Per Game: Kiele Argente and Andre Damian – 0.50 (T-4); Ashley Edwards and Haley Hughes – 0.33 (T-9)
Assists: Kiele Argente, Stephanie Bell, Mary Beth Mazurek and Lexi Poppoff – 1 (T-7)
Assists Per Game: Kiele Argente – 0.50 (T-5); Stephanie Bell, Mary Beth Mazurek and Stephanie Bell – 0.33 (T-8)
Game-Winning Goals: Andrea Damian and Haley Hughes – 1 (T-1)
Goals Against Average: Taylor Jern – 1.00 (4)
Save Percentage: Taylor Jern – .700 (3)
Saves: Taylor Jern – 7 (4)
Saves Per Game: Taylor Jern – 2.33 (5)
Shutouts: Taylor Jern – 1.0 (T-3)
TWO AGGIES EARN ALL-TOURNAMENT ACCOLADES
For their efforts against Iowa and Drake on Aug. 30 and Sept. 1, senior midfielder Ashley Edwards and senior forward Mary Beth Mazurek earned a spot on the Pacific Classic’s All-Tournament Team.
Of Edwards’ four combined shots, two were on goal; her only shot taken against Drake found the back of the net in UC Davis’ one-goal victory over the Bulldogs.
This season, UC Davis women’s soccer is:
0-0 against Big West teams
2-0 at home
0-0 on the road
0-1 in neutral site games
0-0 against ranked opponents
0-0 at home vs. Big West teams
0-0 on the road vs. Big West teams
1-1 in shutouts
2-1 games decided by one goal
0-0 games decided by two or more goals
0-0 in overtime
2-1 when UC Davis scores first
0-1 when opponents score first
2-1 leading at halftime
0-1 trailing at halftime
0-0 tied at halftime
2-0 when the Aggies outshoot opponents
0-1 when opponents outshoot the Aggies
0-0 when shots are tied
2-0 when the Aggies take more corner kicks
0-1 when opponents take more corner kicks than the Aggies
0-0 equal number or corner kicks
1-0 when the Aggies commit more fouls
0-1 when opponents commit more fouls
1-0 equal number of fouls
JERN EARNS DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD
Junior goalkeeper Taylor Jern received the inaugural Big West Defensive Player of the Week award for the 2013 season as announced by the conference on Monday, Aug. 26.
The Corona, Calif., native played all 90 minutes in UC Davis’ season opener on Aug. 23 against the visiting Sacramento State Hornets in this year’s Causeway Cup match. In addition to helping the Aggies’ extend its unbeaten streak against their regional rivals to seven seasons, Jern also picked up her second career shutout.
Jern only recorded one save against the Hornets, but it came at a crucial point of the match as she redirected a point-blank attempt to keep Sacramento State from tying the score at one apiece.
She is the first Aggie to receive weekly accolades from the Big West since Lisa Kemp was named Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 12, 2011, and the second to receive defensive recognition in three-year history of the award.
Maria Mangana was the other Aggie to capture defensive accolades; for her efforts throughout the final week of the 2010 season, Mangana was rewarded by the conference on Nov. 1, 2010.
After Sunday’s 3-2 home victory against Drake, UC Davis will not compete in another home event until Oct. 17, when Hawai’i visits Aggie Soccer Field for the first time as a Big West opponent. Between Sunday, and that inaugural home conference contest against the Rainbow Wahine, the Aggies will compete in nine consecutive matches on the road.
Included in that block of action are two tournaments; UC Davis will face San Francisco (Sept. 6) and Cal (Sept. 8) at the San Francisco Tournament before squaring-off against Texas Tech (Sept. 20) and host New Mexico (Sept. 22) at the Jack in the Box Classic.
Other non-conference road action will take place at Utah (Sept. 13), Utah Valley (Sept. 15) and Pacific (Sept. 27). UC Davis will also open its conference schedule on the road at Long Beach State (Oct. 10) and at UC Irvine (Oct. 13).
The nine-game trip is the longest faced by any Big West team this season, Cal State Northridge and UC Irvine each scheduled the second-longest swing with four straight matches away from their respective fields.
I’LL HAVE ANOTHER
With its 1-0 Causeway Cup win over Sacramento State in its season opener on Aug. 23, UC Davis extended its unbeaten streak over the Hornets for another season in front of the Aggie faithful. UC Davis has not lost a Causeway Cup matchup in the last seven years, and has not been defeated at home by the Hornets in the last eight.
OFF TO A SOLID START
With its one-goal, shutout victory over Sacramento State, UC Davis has not dropped its last four straight season openers. The win also marked the second occasion within the last three years where the Aggies opened their season with a Causeway triumph.
TWO TIMES THE FUN
Responsible for UC Davis’ game-winning goal against Sacramento State, her first ever, Haley Hughes found the back of the net in her only shot taken that afternoon to also record her second career goal.
Junior goalkeeper Taylor Jern also recorded her second career shutout in a match that forced her to make only one save.
AGGIES PICKED EIGHTH IN PRESEASON POLL
In this year’s Big West Conference Preseason Coaches Poll, UC Davis received 22 votes and was selected to finish in eighth place. As voted upon by the head coach of all nine conference teams, Cal State Fullerton received five first place and 72 total votes to earn the title of preseason favorite to capture a conference title.
Long Beach State and UC Irvine finished in a tie for second place with one first place and 62 total votes followed by Cal Poly, the recipient of the final two first place votes with its total of 59.
Cal State Northridge occupied fifth place with 54 votes, followed by UC Santa Barbara (30), Hawai’i (27), UC Davis and UC Riverside (17) in sixth through ninth place respectively.
A CLOSER LOOK AT THE AGGIES’ ROSTER Included below is a breakdown of UC Davis 2013 roster by class, primary position and hometown.
Freshmen (15): Jill Bilodeaux, Nicole Bouvia, Brooke Carey, Andrea Damian, Katie Foster, Dana Granger, Hailey Jenkins, Ashley Kawasaki, Taylor Locke, Mari Pastor, Briana Pompa-Hogan, Kate Ranahan Audrey Romano, Nicole Smolinski, Emma Tinloy
Sophomores (9): Sienna Drizin, Charlotte Ellberg, Jenna Grande, Haley Hughes, Lindsey O'Tousa, Lauren Paul, Julia Shockley, Ana Marija Sola, Tina Yeghiayan
Juniors (4): Stephanie Bell, Emily Irion, Taylor Jern, Lexi Poppoff
Seniors (6): Kiele Argente, Bridget Berman, Ashley Edwards, Hannah Hicks, Kirstin Holmberg, Mary Beth Mazurek
Goalkeepers (3): Brooke Carey, Katie Foster, Taylor Jern
Defenders (10): Nicole Bouvia, Charlotte Ellberg, Jenna Grande, Hailey Jenkins, Lindsey O'Tousa, Lauren Paul, Kate Ranahan, Julia Shockley, Nicole Smolinski, Ana Marija Sola
Midfielders (13): Jill Bilodeaux, Bridget Berman, Andrea Damian, Ashley Edwards, Dana Granger, Hannah Hicks, Kirstin Holmberg, Emily Irion, Ashley Kawasaki, Mari Pastor, Briana Pompa-Hogan, Emma Tinloy, Tina Yeghiayan
Forwards (8): Kiele Argente, Stephanie Bell, Sienna Drizin, Haley Hughes, Taylor Locke, Mary Beth Mazurek, Lexi Poppoff, Audrey Romano
California (33): Kiele Argente, Stephanie Bell, Jill Bilodeaux, Bridget Berman, Nicole Bouvia, Brooke Carey, Andrea Damian, Ashley Edwards, Charlotte Ellberg, Katie Foster, Jenna Grande, Dana Granger, Hannah Hicks, Kirstin Holmberg, Haley Hughes, Emily Irion, Hailey Jenkins, Taylor Jern, Ashley Kawasaki, Taylor Locke, Mary Beth Mazurek, Lindsey O'Tousa, Lauren Paul, Mari Pastor, Briana Pompa-Hogan, Lexi Poppoff, Audrey Romano, Julia Shockley, Nicole Smolinski, Ana Marija Sola, Kate Ranahan, Emma Tinloy, Tina Yeghiayan
Nevada (1): Sienna Drizin