UC Davis (1-5, 0-0 Big West) at Fresno State (2-2-1, 0-0 Mountain West)
Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 | 7:00 p.m. | Fresno State Soccer & Lacrosse Stadium | Fresno, Calif.
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Sacramento State (3-2, 0-0 Big Sky) at UC Davis (1-5, 0-0 Big West)
Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 | 4:00 p.m. | Aggie Soccer Field | Davis, Calif.
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KICK OFF: The home-standing UC Davis women's soccer team (1-5 overall) takes a short break from its hosting duties to kick-off the weekend, making the three-hour jaunt down Highway 99 to take on Fresno State on Thursday (Sept. 7) at 7 p.m., before returning to the Aggie Soccer Field to open a run of five straight at home, welcoming Causeway Cup rival Sacramento State on Monday (Sept. 11) at 4 p.m.
IN THE RANKINGS: Neither UC Davis, Fresno State, nor Sacramento State, are ranked nationally entering this weekend's contests.
BE A FOLLOWER: Fans can keep up with the latest in UC Davis women's soccer by "liking" them on Facebook (/UCDavisWomensSoccer) and following them on both Twitter (@UCDavisWSOC) and Instagram (@UCDavisWSOC). You can also follow Head Coach Twila Kaufman on Twitter (@twilakaufman) and Instagram (@TwilaKaufman).
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!: The Aggies will be featured in a national broadcast for a second time this season as the Big West Conference office announced that UC Davis' league contest at UC Irvine on Oct. 12 will be broadcast live on the ESPN3 platform. Kick off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Anteater Stadium, one of 13 events to be streamed live this fall. A complete listing of games is available at: http://www.bigwest.org//story.asp?story_id=19971. It will be the Aggies' second national broadcast of the year after opening the season against defending national champion USC on the Pac-12 Network.
DUAL THREATS: Standouts on the field and in the classroom, UC Davis student-athletes compete at some of the highest levels of Division I athletics while preparing for life after college at the nation's No. 6 public university. Featuring the nation's top veterinary medicine and agriculture schools, UC Davis student-athletes are enrolled in 93 of the 104 undergraduate programs offered by the University -- 10 of those represented by the women's soccer program...
UC DAVIS WOMEN'S SOCCER BY MAJOR
Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior (4): Jessica Lima, Mandy McKeegan, Aliyah Walker, Sydney Burger
Materials Science & Engineering (1): Alexis Smith
Human Development (5): Crystal Crump, Emma Hasco, Daniella Giancarli, Riley Marshall, Artrea Williams
Biological Sciences (4): Ari Zamora, Kristie Braken-Guelke, Caitlin Hedde, Haileigh Rose
Biomedical Engineering (2): Monet Kunz, Hailey Rittershofer
Economics (2): Nicole Carson, Oreoluwa Aderibigbe
Managerial Economics (2): Olivia Jones, Kristina Sola
Communication (3): Mckenna Moriarty, Roisin Allaeddini, Aubrey Goodwill
Civil Engineering (1): Courtney Van Winkle
Psychology (1): Zuzu Romano
Undeclared (5): Lauren Bouvia, Casey Palmer, Mahlah Catline, Alicia Sloss, Laura Nichol
A LOOK AT THE BULLDOGS: Fresno State enters the week with a 2-2-1 overall record and a 1-1 mark at home, batting CSUN to a 1-1 draw on the road and defeating CSU Bakersfield, 3-0, at home to cap off an unbeaten week… The Bulldogs' only other match at home this season was a 2-1 loss to Cal State Fullerton back on Aug. 20… Fresno State is 0-1-1 against Big West Conference opponents this season, with matches against UC Santa Barbara and UC Riverside following Thursday's match against the Aggies… Sophomore forward Julia Glaser leads the team with three goals and 11 shots while standing tied for the top spot with six points alongside teammate Myra Delgadillo, who has a pair of a goals and two assists… Junior goalkeeper Nicole Theroux has started all five matches in net, posting a 0.73 goals against average and 16 saves (.842 save percentage).
SERIES NOTES: UC Davis leads the all-time series with Fresno State, 4-2, after the Bulldogs escaped Northern California with a 1-0 win at Aggie Soccer Field last season… The Aggies are 2-0 against the Bulldogs on the road, posting a 3-2 win in 2008 and a 3-2 overtime victory in their last trip to Fresno, Calif., back in 2010… Both of UC Davis' losses in the series have been identical 1-0 results in 2009 and 2016.
A LOOK AT THE HORNETS: Sacramento State enters the weekend with a 3-2 overall record and a 1-0 mark away from home, posting a 1-0 win over UNLV and battling Texas in a 1-0 defeat last week… The Hornets will host nationally ranked California on Friday afternoon before trekking across the Causeway to take on the Aggies… Monday's match marks a run of five straight away from home for Sacramento State… Freshman Kylee Kim-Bustillos leads the team with three goals and six points on the year, while standing third on the team with 11 shots… Newcomer Aaliyah Fesill has started the majority of minutes in net for the Hornets, posting a 0.64 goals against average and nine saves in three starts.
SERIES NOTES: UC Davis leads the all-time series with Sacramento State, 11-4-3, and is unbeaten in its last 10 meetings (7-0-3) following a scoreless draw last season on the road… The Aggies have not lost to the Hornets since a, 2-1, Sacramento State victory back on Sept. 3, 2006… UC Davis has outscored its Causeway rival, 11-4, during its recent unbeaten run, with the defense posting a shutout in seven of the 10 contests… Seven of the last 10 contests have been decided by a single goal -- five of those by a 1-0 result -- while the teams have scored multiple goals in only two of the last 10: a, 3-2, UC Davis win in 2007 and a, 2-1, Aggie victory in 2015.
"CAT" GOT YOUR GOALS?: Freshman Mahlah Catline put her name in the scoring column for the first time in her Division I career with two of her team's three goals this past weekend in back-to-back contests with San Francisco and UNLV. Her first came in the 50th minute to give the Aggies the lead against the Dons, in a match UC Davis would win, 2-1, in double overtime, and added her second career strike in the 55th minute against the Rebels to bring the Aggies to within one. The Reading, England, native would have had a third in the first half against UNLV, but had it waved off following a foul in the box.
STOP RIGHT THERE!: Just a week after finishing with a career-high 11 saves against nationally ranked California, junior goalkeeper Alexis Smith racked up 15 more saves over the weekend against San Francisco and UNLV, bringing her Big West Conference-leading total to 40 for the year and an league-best 6.67 saves per game. Smith's save total against the Golden Bears surpassed her previous career-best of 10 set against Sacramento State on Sept. 2 of last season, and was the highest single-game total for an Aggie keeper since Taylor Jern stopped 12 shots against Texas Tech on Sept. 20, 2013.
IN IT TO WIN IT: A lucky bounce here or there and the Aggies' record thus far through 2017 would like a lot different. Five of UC Davis' six matches have been decided by a single goal -- including four of the team's five losses.
STREAK SNAPPED: Catline's first career goal against San Francisco snapped a rather lengthy scoreless drought for the Aggies, giving UC Davis its first goal in 353:15 dating back to the season-opener against USC.
AGGIE DUO RANKED AMONG BIG WEST'S BEST: Sophomore midfielder Roisin Allaeddini and junior goalkeeper Alexis Smith were listed among the Big West Conference's top 20 players prior to the start of the year according to Top Drawer Soccer. The duo joined four players from Long Beach State, two from UC Irvine, one from Hawai'i, two from UC Santa Barbara, three from CSUN, three from Cal State Fullerton, and one more from UC Riverside. The complete list can be found online at TopDrawerSoccer.com/college-club-soccer-rankings under "Conference Top 20."
MY HERO ZERO: Smith has been a mainstay between the pipes since her arrival on campus, starting all 42 matches for the Aggies during that time and teaming up with her defense to post a shutout in nearly half of those contests. Her 16 career shutouts stand second on the school's all-time list, putting her just one back of Kelly Parker (1997-00) for the lead. Ranking among the top 10 in the Big West in four different categories last year, Smith ranked tied for third on the school's single-season list with her six clean sheets last year, just one season removed from a school record 10 shutouts as a sophomore in 2015.
AGGIES AT A GLANCE: UC Davis returns 10 letter winners and five starters off of last season's squad that finished 7-8-4 overall and 3-3-2 in Big West Conference play for fifth place, posting a win and a draw in its final two matches of the 2016 regular season over UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly, respectively… Having lost its top two scorers from a year ago, sophomore forward Nicole Carson and junior striker Crystal Crump lead the way offensively, accounting for a pair of goals and three assists apiece… Junior goalkeeper Alexis Smith returns for her third season in net after posting a 1.11 goals against average, 71 saves, and a .763 save percentage, last year.
MOVIN' ON UP: The hard-charging Aggies have made drastic improvements when it comes to the Big West standings under the direction of fourth-year head coach Twila Kaufman. UC Davis' fifth-place finish and 11 points in 2016 had the Aggies just out of a conference tournament berth and marked their highest finish since 2011 when they tied for third with 13 points and advanced to the Big West's postseason event.
HELLO! MY NAME IS…: Half of this season's 30-woman roster will don an Aggie uniform for the first time as UC Davis welcomes 15 newcomers to the fold (five of those returning redshirts), including three Division I transfers in midfielder Emma Hasco (Penn State), defender Daniella Giancarli (Syracuse), and striker Artrea Williams (Oregon).
YOU GET A GOAL, YOU GET A GOAL…: UC Davis' offense was diverse with 12 different players accounting for the team's 23 goals in 2016. To close out the season, 10 different players accounted for the team's final 12 scores.