Sept. 19, 2013
UC Davis Aggies (2-4-1)
No. 19 Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-1-0)
Game 1 of 2 at the Jack in the Box Classic - Hosted by New Mexico
Friday, Sept. 20 - 1 p.m. (PT)
Robertson Field - Albuquerque, N.M.
UC Davis Aggies
New Mexico Lobos (2-6-0)
Game 2 of 2 at the Jack in the Box Classic - Hosted by New Mexico
Sunday, Sept. 22 - 12 p.m. (PT)
Lobo Soccer Complex (6,200) - Albuquerque, N.M.
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis will travel to Albuquerque, N.M., this weekend to compete in the Jack in the Box Classic, against No. 19 Texas Tech, and event host New Mexico in its final tournament of the regular season. Unfortunately, live stats and a stream of Friday's contest against the Red Raiders, scheduled to kickoff at 1 p.m., are not available. However, live stats and video links for Sunday's 12 p.m. match against the Lobos are available at ucdavisaggies.com.
SCOUTING TEXAS TECH
UC Davis will face its second nationally ranked team this year when it takes the field at New Mexico against Texas Tech. The Red Raiders earned their highest ranking in school history, jumping to No. 19, in the National Soccer Coaches Association's recent poll.
Including its wins over Arizona State and Arizona last weekend, Texas Tech enters the Jack in the Box Classic with a 7-1-0 record. The only loss suffered by the Red Raiders took place against a familiar foe - Long Beach State left Lubbock, Texas, earlier this month with a 3-2 win.
Sophomore forward Janine Beckie leads the team with five goals and is one of eight starters and 18 letterwinners that returned to the pitch for Texas Tech this season. Singlehandedly responsible for more than one-fourth of her team's total goals scored this season, the Red Raiders recorded 19 goals throughout its first eight games, Beckie's total is higher than the total number of goals earned by Texas Tech's opponents. Of the four goals allowed, all were posted by Big West teams.
In addition to Long Beach State's three goals recorded in its victory over the Red Raiders, Cal State Northridge also scored a goal in its road game at Texas Tech.
SCOUTING NEW MEXICO
New Mexico enters its tournament on a three-game slide having lost both games played at the Saint Mary's Classic last weekend, in addition to falling to Michigan State, at home, before making the trip to Moraga. Even though the Lobos are 2-6-0 overall, they have dropped five of their last six games.
Included in that six-game span are matches against No. 1 North Carolina and No. 12 Duke, both played at the North Carolina Classic almost three weeks ago.
Throughout eight games, New Mexico's opponents have taken 106 shots against a Lobos squad that has taken 61. Compared to the Lobos who have recorded 26 shots on goal, opponents have recorded 55. Despite this shots, and shots on goal disparity, New Mexico holds a -2 goal differential.
Of its six goals scored, UNM scored three in the first half, another two in the second, and posted the only goal scored in its only overtime period played, at New Mexico State, in the team's first win of the year.
Opponents have only managed to score once in the first half; however, the Lobos have been unable to carry their strong starts throughout the second half as the team has allowed seven goals.
Sophomore midfielder Dylann O'Connor leads all Lobos with two goals, five points, 11 shots and is one of five players to find the back of the net for UNM this year.
Even though Cassie Ulrich has allowed eight goals, and holds a 2-6-0 record, the sophomore goaltender has recorded 46 saves and possesses a 0.99 goals against average.
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.
ONE TO REMEMBER
Freshman midfielder Andrea Damian and redshirt freshman Ashley Kawasaki each recorded their first collegiate goal to help the Aggies earn a more favorable result on each occasion. Damian's goal was the game winner in UC Davis' last home game prior to its current nine-match road trip, against Drake; Kawasaki helped UC Davis leave Utah with a 2-2 draw.
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 that is also held by Cal State Fullerton's Lindsey Maricic. Both trail Cal Poly's Alyssa Giannetti's total of 32 saves.
FEW AND FAR BETWEEN
UC Davis captured its first tie of the year on Sept. 13, at Utah, a match that ended in a 2-2 draw. Since the start of the 2010 season, UC Davis has only lost one overtime match (vs. Cal in 2012).
Entering the third week of action, numerous Aggies possess Big West statistical rankings (in parentheses):
Shots: Lexi Poppoff - 14 (T-10)
Shots Per Game: Lexi Poppoff - 2.00 (T-10)
Game-Winning Goals: Andrea Damian and Haley Hughes - 1 (T-4)
Goals Against Average: Taylor Jern - 1.66 (8)
Save Percentage: Taylor Jern - .714 (9)
Saves: Taylor Jern - 30 (T-2)
Saves Per Game: Taylor Jern - 4.29 (4)
Shutouts: Taylor Jern - 1.0 (T-6)
COMPARED TO ITS CONFERENCE COMPETITION
Among all Big West team, UC Davis possesses the following team rankings (in parentheses):
Shots: 85 (7)
Points: 18 (8)
Goals: 7 (7)
Goals Per Game: 1.00 (T-7)
Assists: 4 (8)
Assists Per Game: 0.57 (8)
Goals Allowed: 12 (7)
Goals Against Average: 1.66 (6)
Saves: 30 (5)
Shutouts: 1 (T-6)
Fouls: 52 (9)
Corners: 30 (T-5)
This season, UC Davis women's soccer is:
0-0 against Big West teams
2-0 at home
0-2-1 on the road
0-2 in neutral site games
0-1 against ranked opponents
0-0 at home vs. Big West teams
0-0 on the road vs. Big West teams
1-3 in shutouts
2-3 games decided by one goal
0-1 games decided by two or more goals
0-0 in overtime
2-0-1 when UC Davis scores first
0-4 when opponents score first
2-0 leading at halftime
0-3 trailing at halftime
0-1-1 tied at halftime
2-1 when the Aggies outshoot opponents
0-3-1 when opponents outshoot the Aggies
0-0 when shots are tied
2-1-1 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
0-2-1 when opponents commit more fouls
1-0 equal number of fouls
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.
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 faced San Francisco (Sept. 6) and Cal (Sept. 8) at the San Francisco Tournament, and will square-off against Texas Tech (Sept. 20) and host New Mexico (Sept. 22) at the Jack in the Box Classic this weekend.
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
Upcoming matches involving UC Davis women's soccer include:
Friday, Sept. 27: at Pacific - 7:30 p.m.
Coach Kaufman's staff