Sept. 27, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - - The UC Davis women's soccer team heads to the Central Coast for the start of Big West Conference action this weekend when the Aggies visit UC Santa Barbara on Friday night and Cal Poly on Sunday afternoon.
UC Davis, 5-4-1 overall after splitting games against Lamar and New Mexico at the UC Riverside Tournament last weekend, will face the Gauchos at 7 p.m. before taking on the Mustangs at noon two days later.
The Aggies went on to finish 11-7-1 overall and 4-3-1 in the Big West, earning their first-ever berth in the conference tournament. UC Davis got off to a good start this season, jumping to a 3-0-1 record and then moving to 4-1-1 but have dropped three of their last four matches.
UC Davis currently has the third-best overall record in the Big West, trailing only Long Beach State (7-3) and league newcomer Hawaii (5-3-2).
UCSB enters the weekend with a 3-6-1 record after dropping two games last weekend at Pepperdine (2-0) and at San Diego State (3-1). The only common opponent the Aggies and Gauchos share is Cal State Bakersfield which UCSB beat 3-1 and UC Davis lost to 1-0.
The Gauchos are currently 10th in the Big West in goals per game (0.80), having scored just eight goals over their first 10 games. They are also ninth in shots (11.6). Sara Feder and Miranda Cornejo each have two goals and four shots to lead UCSB offensively.
While the Gauchos have had difficulty scoring, they've been effective at keeping it out of their net with goalkeeper Makenna Henry leading the way. Henry is tied for third in the league with 54 saves and is third with a .794 save percentage. UCSB is fifth in goals against (1.36).
Cal Poly opened the season with wins over LMU (3-1) and Cal State Bakersfield (1-0) but has lost five straight games to fall to 3-5-1. The Mustangs do own a 4-1 win over Sacramento State which UC Davis tied 0-0 in August. Cal Poly's been outscored 10-3 its last three games, a total skewed by a 5-1 loss to No. 17 BYU.
Elise Krieghoff and Cristina Farrington have each scored three goals and have six points this season while Cici Kobinski also has six points which includes a pair of goals and two assists.
Alyssa Gianetti's 64 saves are tops in the conference for Cal Poly which is allowing 2.0 goals per game.
The Aggies swept both teams last year, posting a 2-0 win over the Gauchos at Aggie Soccer Field and downing Cal Poly 2-1 a week earlier in San Luis Obispo.
UC Davis begins Big West action leading the league in shots per game (18.00) while being tied for goals scored (15). The Aggies are averaging 4.5 points per game, tied for second, and lead the league in assists per game (1.50).
Individually, Ashley Edwards' nine points have helped her tie fourth among the league's scorers while Kiele Argente's seven points have helped her into a tie for ninth.
Goalkeeper Taylor Jern has established herself as one of the league's best as well, ranking second in goals against average (0.88) and save percentage (.833).
The Aggies will travel to face Pacific next Friday before ending seven straight games on the road. They'll host league favorite Long Beach State on Oct. 12 in their next home game.