Sept. 12, 2013
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Sept. 6 at San Francisco: L, 1-0
Sept. 8 vs. Cal: L, 4-0
THIS WEEK’S ACTION
UC Davis Aggies (2-3-0)
Utah Utes (2-1-2)
Friday, Sept. 13 – 6:30 p.m. (PT)
Ute Soccer Field (2,000) – Salt Lake City, Utah
Live Audio: utahutes.cstv.com
The Last Meeting
September 21, 2008
UC Davis Defeats Utah Valley For Third Straight Win
UC Davis made its trip to Idaho a fruitful one after defeating Utah Valley, 2-1, Sunday afternoon on the final day of action at the Idaho State Classic in Pocatello. The win capped off a perfect 2-0 mark for the Aggies in the four-team tournament and extended their season-long winning streak to three. Rochelle VanBuskirk and Marisa Boge each scored goals for UC Davis, which improved to 4-2-2 on the year.
UC Davis Aggies
Utah Valley Wolverines (1-5-0)
Sunday, Sept. 15 – 10 a.m. (PT)
Clyde Field (1,000) – Orem, Utah
Live Stats: wolverinegreen.com
DAVIS, Calif. – UC Davis is Utah bound for this week’s matches, with stops in Salt Lake City and Orem scheduled. The Aggies will face the Utah Utes, Friday, at 6:30 p.m. (PT), and the Utah Valley Wolverines, Sunday, at 10 a.m. (PT).
YOU CAN’T STOP HER, SHE CAN ONLY STOP YOU
Junior goalkeeper Taylor Jern has frustrated many opposing players, as evident by her 20 saves, the second-highest total recorded by a Big West ‘keeper. Cal State Fullerton’s Lindsey Maricic leads the league with 34 saves.
Coming off a 6-2 win over Southern Utah last Sunday, Utah will enter its first-ever head-to-head meeting against UC Davis with a 2-1-2 overall record. The Utes started their season by defeating Western Kentucky, 2-0; before losing 1-0 to No. 6 BYU last Friday, the team recorded two scoreless draws at Kentucky and at Cal State Fullerton.
Of the eight goals scored by Utah this season, five were earned in the first half. Utah has scored three second-half goals throughout its first five games, the same amount of goals allowed to its opponents.
Utah has yet to surrender a goal in the first half of any game played this year.
SCOUTING UTAH VALLEY
Falling 3-1 at Montana last Monday, Utah Valley will have nearly a week to prepare for its match against UC Davis. The Wolverines enter Sunday’s event with a 1-5-0 overall record, earning their only win at Idaho State on Sept. 3. In its home opener, the only match held at Clyde Field this season, the Wolverines lost to Weber State in double overtime by a 3-2 score.
Senior forward Haley Curtis leads all players with three goals, nearly half of her team’s offense, and is also responsible for a team-high 19 shots and 11 shots on goal. Freshman forward Taylor Kirk is second on the team in scoring with two goals, another three Wolverines have scored one goal each.
Even though head coach Brent Anderson has split starts between both goalkeepers on his roster, senior Lauren Sack will most likely earn the nod when the Aggies visit Orem. Sack has allowed 10 goals, holds a 1.94 goals against average and has made 30 saves.
UC Davis enters Sunday’s match with a perfect 3-0 record against Utah Valley; the Aggies defeated the Wolverines at home 2003, in Orem the following year, and on neutral turf in 2008 at a tournament hosted by Idaho State.
In those three matches combined, the Aggies scored 10 goals and allowed only three.
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 Big West statistical rankings (in parentheses):
Shots Per Game: Lexi Poppoff – 2.00 (T-10)
Game-Winning Goals: Andrea Damian and Haley Hughes – 1 (T-2)
Goals Against Average: Taylor Jern – 1.60 (9)
Save Percentage: Taylor Jern – .714 (6)
Saves: Taylor Jern – 20 (2)
Saves Per Game: Taylor Jern – 4.00 (T-4)
Shutouts: Taylor Jern – 1.0 (T-5)
COMPARED TO ITS CONFERENCE COMPETITION
Among all Big West team, UC Davis possesses the following team rankings (in parentheses):
Shots: 51 (8)
Points: 12 (7)
Goals: 4 (T-7)
Goals Per Game: 0.80 (T-7)
Assists: 4 (T-7)
Assists Per Game: 0.80 (8)
Goals Allowed: 8 (T-5)
Goals Against Average: 1.60 (T-6)
Saves: 20 (T-3)
Shutouts: 1 (T-6)
Fouls: 33 (9)
Corners: 18 (5)
TWO AGGIES EARN ALL-TOURNAMENT ATTENTION
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
0-1 on the road
0-2 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
1-3 in shutouts
2-2 games decided by one goal
0-1 games decided by two or more goals
0-0 in overtime
2-0 when UC Davis scores first
0-3 when opponents score first
2-0 leading at halftime
0-2 trailing at halftime
0-1 tied at halftime
2-0 when the Aggies outshoot opponents
0-3 when opponents outshoot the Aggies
0-0 when shots are tied
2-0 when the Aggies take more corner kicks
0-3 when opponents take more corner kicks than the Aggies
0-0 equal number or corner kicks
1-2 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 starting the month of September with a 3-2 home victory against Drake (on Sunday, the first) 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
Matches taking place next week at the Jack in the Box Classic, hosted by New Mexico, in Albuquerque include:
Friday, Sept. 20: vs. Texas Tech – 1 p.m. (PT)
Sunday, Sept. 22: at New Mexico – 12 p.m. (PT)