DAVIS, Calif. - The UC Davis women's soccer team, unbeaten through four games this season, will face its toughest test so far on Friday, hosting California in a nonconference game, and then welcoming Northern Arizona on Sunday as part of a doubleheader with the Aggie men's team.
Friday's game begins at 5 p.m. at Aggie Soccer Field while Sunday's matchup starts at 1.
UC Davis is 3-0-1 this season, it's best start since jumping out to a 6-0-1 record in 2002 when the Aggies were still at the NCAA Division II season. UC Davis opened this year with a win over Fresno State, tied Sacramento State in its only road matchup, and then captured home victories over Nevada in overtime and San Jose State.
Grace Leer has four goals and team-lead tying nine points to lead the Bears while Betsy Hassett and Ifeoma Onumonu have each tallied three goals. Cal has outscored its opponents 17-7 through its first six games and has outshot the opposition 116-44 including a 58-20 advantage in shots on goal.
Northern Arizona enters its game at San Francisco on Friday with a 1-4 record after opening with three shutout losses to UNLV (2-0), Arizona State (4-0) and Arizona (3-0). NAU rebounded to beat Florida Atlantic 3-0 a week ago and then dropped a 3-1 matchup at Oklahoma. NAU has been outscored so far 12-3 and outshot 101-46.
Haley Wingender, Cierra Gamble and Sarah Tarver have each scored goals for NAU while Natalie Gilbertson has saved 30 shots in goal.
Ashley Edwards has been the top scorer for UC Davis thus far, leading the way with six goals including two she scored in Sunday's win over San Jose State. Both of those were impressive shots, coming from approximately 30 and 20 yards, respectively, and accounting for the Aggies' first and last scores.
Four other players have scored one goal each. UC Davis has been especially strong defensively in the early going, only allowing three goals through four games. Taylor Jern has picked up 17 saves and has one shutout.
This weekend's games mark the end of an opening stretch where the Aggies' played five of their first six games at home. They won't play at home again until facing Long Beach State on Oct. 12.
The Aggie men will follow the women's game on Sunday with a 4 p.m. against Central Florida.