Samford (2-5-1, 0-0 Southern Conference) at UC Davis (1-7, 0-0 Big West)
Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 | 4:00 p.m. | Aggie Soccer Field | Davis, Calif.
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KICK OFF: The UC Davis women's soccer team (1-7 overall) looks to bounce back from a loss to its rival on Friday afternoon (Sept. 15) at the Aggie Soccer Field, welcoming Samford to Northern California for a 4 p.m. kick-off. The match is the second of a five-match homestand for the Aggies, who will not play a contest away from home until Oct. 12.
IN THE RANKINGS: Neither Samford, nor UC Davis, are ranked among the top 25 in the various national polls this week.
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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
ABOUT THE BULLDOGS: The Aggies will meet a pack of "Bulldogs" for the second straight week as Samford enters Friday's match with a 2-5-1 overall record after posting an unbeaten weekend thanks to a 1-1 home draw with Georgia and a 1-0 win over Western Kentucky… The Bulldogs' only other win this season came via a 5-0 shutout of Alabama State back on Sept. 1… Samford is coming off a year that saw the Bulldogs post 15 wins, win the Southern Conference, advance to the NCAA Tournament, falling in the first round to Florida State… Senior forward Jermaine Seoposenwe leads an offense that has scored 12 times this year, netting five goals and two assists for 12 points… She also paces the squad with 30 shots, putting 16 on frame… Senior Anna Maddox has started seven of the team's eight matches in net, posting a 1.81 goals against average and 26 saves in nearly 650 minutes.
SERIES NOTES: Friday's match will mark the first-ever meeting between UC Davis and Samford in women's soccer and will be the third first-time opponent for the Aggies in 2017 following matches against USC and Portland.
LIMA MAKES HER DEBUT: Redshirt freshman Jessica Lima made her UC Davis debut against Causeway rival Sacramento State on Sept. 11, making three saves against the Hornets in relief of regular starter Alexis Smith, who missed the match due to injury. It marked the first time that a goalkeeper other than Smith had started in net for the Aggies since Taylor Jern wrapped up her career in 2014.
KEEPING BUSY: Smith enters Friday's contest ranked among the top 25 in the nation in both total saves (No. 13) with 46 and saves per game (No. 22) at 6.57 per game. The San Jose, Calif., native also paces the Big West Conference in both categories while also standing fourth in save percentage (.807) and collecting the most saves in the single game among the league's keepers with 11 against California on Aug. 27.
IN IT TO WIN IT: A lucky bounce here or there and the Aggies' record thus far through 2017 would look a lot different. Seven of UC Davis' eight matches have been decided by a single goal -- including six of the team's seven losses.
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.