Aggies and Gaels clash in non-conference finale

Sept. 21, 2017

THIS WEEK…
Saint Mary's (3-6, 0-0 WCC) at UC Davis (1-8, 0-0 Big West)
Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 | 1:00 p.m. | Aggie Soccer Field | Davis, Calif.
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KICK OFF: The UC Davis women's soccer team (1-8 overall) closes out the non-conference portion of its schedule this weekend, welcoming Bay Area rival Saint Mary's to the Aggie Soccer Field for a 1 p.m. kickoff on Saturday (Sept. 23) in the Aggies' lone contest of the week.

IN THE RANKINGS: Neither UC Davis, nor Saint Mary's, 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 GAELS: Saint Mary's enters the week with a 3-6 overall record, having lost its last two straight decisions to San Jose State and Samford by identical 1-0 scores… The Gaels' last win came back on Sept. 10, when they defeated UC Riverside, 2-0… Saint Mary's has faced only one other Big West Conference school this season, falling to Cal State Fullerton, 3-0, back on Sept. 1… Senior forward Hannah Diaz leads the team with four goals and nine points on the season, putting seven of her 18 shots on frame through nine matches… Freshman midfielder Vanessa Gaitan (2) and sophomore midfielder Kailana Kaeo (1) have accounted for the other Saint Mary's goals this season… Sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Sawatsky has started seven of the team's nine matches in net, posting a 1.11 goals against average and 25 saves (.758 save percentage) to go with two shutouts.

SERIES RECORDS: The Gaels lead the all-time series with the Aggies, 8-1-1, but UC Davis is unbeaten in its last two meetings with Saint Mary's… The Aggies posted their first-ever win over the Gaels on Sept. 26, 2015, at home with a 1-0 win in double overtime, before the two teams battled to a 2-2 draw on Sept. 24 of last season in Moraga, Calif… Four of the last five meetings between the two programs have gone to overtime… UC Davis is 1-4 at home against Saint Mary's.

IN IT TO WIN IT: A lucky bounce here or there and the Aggies' record thus far through 2017 would look a lot different. Eight of UC Davis' nine matches overall, and seven of the team's eight defeats this year, have been decided by a single goal -- the most of any Big West Conference school entering the week. Cal Poly has had seven of its nine matches decided by one score, while UC Riverside has suffered four one-goal defeats thus far.

AGGIE NOTABLES…
-- Senior Mandy McKeegan and freshman Mahlah Catline are tied for 10th in the league with their two goals apiece entering this week's matches…
-- UC Davis leads the Big West Conference in saves (55) and saves per game (6.11)...
-- Junior goalkeeper Alexis Smith leads the Big West with 46 saves, 6.57 saves per game, and an .807 save percentage…
-- Smith ranks No. 23 in the NCAA in saves per game, No. 46 in the nation in total saves, and No. 98 in the country in save percentage…
-- Smith's 11 saves against No. 19 California on Aug. 27 are the most by a keeper in the Big West this season and the most for a UC Davis goalkeeper since Taylor Jern stopped 12 shots against Texas Tech in 2013...
-- Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Jessica Lima set a new career high with five saves against Samford on Sept. 15 in her second career start…
-- Freshman Lauren Bouvia leads the team with 12 shots on the year -- including a career-high five against UNLV on Sept. 3.

RECYCLED NOTES
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.