Cal Poly (5-7-1, 0-2 Big West) at UC Davis (2-9, 1-0 Big West)
Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 | 4:00 p.m. | Aggie Soccer Field | Davis, Calif.
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KICK OFF: The UC Davis women's soccer team looks to make it two straight victories to start Big West Conference play this week, welcoming Cal Poly to the Aggie Soccer Field on Thursday (Oct. 5) to close out a season-long five-match homestand. Kick off is scheduled for 4 p.m.
AGGIES PLAY PINK: In honor of breast cancer awareness month, UC Davis will "play pink" on Thursday against Cal Poly. Fans are urged to wear pink in support of the cause.
IN THE RANKINGS: Neither UC Davis, nor Cal Poly, are ranked among the top 25 in the various national polls this week.
BE A FOLLOWER: Fans can keep up with the latest in UC Davis women's soccer by "liking" them on Facebook (/UCDavisWomensSoccer) and following them on both Twitter (@UCDavisWSOC) and Instagram (@UCDavisWSOC). You can also follow Head Coach Twila Kaufman on Twitter (@twilakaufman) and Instagram (@TwilaKaufman).
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.
ABOUT THE MUSTANGS: Cal Poly enters the week with a 5-7-1 overall record and an 0-2 mark in Big West play after being swept at home by UC Irvine (2-1 in double overtime) and UC Riverside (1-0) on opening weekend… The Mustangs have lost their last three straight dating back to a 1-0 win at Denver on Sept. 21… Thursday's match at UC Davis marks the first on the road for Cal Poly following six straight in San Luis Obispo, playing its last road match back on Sept. 8 at San Jose State (a 1-0 loss)… Senior midfielder Megan Abutin leads the Mustangs in scoring with four goals and nine points, while three other players have scored a pair of goals apiece… Sophomore goalkeeper Sophia Brown has logged the majority of minutes in net this season, posting a 1.42 goals against average and 44 saves to go with a pair of shutouts in 887 minutes.
SERIES NOTES: Cal Poly leads the all-time series with UC Davis, 9-4-2, but the Aggies are unbeaten (2-0-1) in their last three meetings with the Mustangs dating back to the 2014 campaign… UC Davis has not surrendered a goal to Cal Poly during its recent streak, posting wins in 2014 (2-0) and 2015 (1-0 in double overtime) before battling to a scoreless draw last season… Dating back to a 1-0 loss to the Mustangs in 2013 on a goal in the 85th minute, the Aggies have not surrendered a goal to Cal Poly in the last 312:35 of game time in the series… UC Davis is 2-4-1 against the Mustangs in games played at Aggie Soccer Field with the two teams splitting the last four contests in Northern California… Four of the last six meetings between the two programs have been decided by a single goal.
SMITH NAMED BIG WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior goalkeeper Alexis Smith picked up the second Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Week of her career on Monday afternoon following the Aggies' conference-opening win over Hawai'i and etching her name in the UC Davis record book in the process (more on that later). The materials science and engineering major became the first Aggie honoree since Rachel Ahr on Oct. 18 of last season, is one of only nine UC Davis women's soccer players to earn a Big West weekly honor, and the first to win the award twice. Read the complete release here: http://www.ucdavisaggies.com/sports/w-soccer/spec-rel/100217aaa.html.
KEEPING THE SHEETS CLEAN: Smith's career high-tying 11 saves against the Rainbow Wahine -- nine of those coming in a busy second half for -- helped the San Jose, Calif., native collect her 17th career shutout in 47 career starts, tying the all-time mark established by Kelly Parker from 1997-00. The 11 stops also brought Smith's total to 58 on the year and 179 for her career, placing her just 26 back of Parker for fourth on the school's all-time list.
STOP THE CLOCK!: When sophomore Mckenna Moriarty found space at the back post and snuck a header into the net for her first goal in the 35th minute against Hawai'i, the communication major from El Cajon, Calif., put an end to a scoreless streak that spanned 330:32 of game play dating back to Olivia Jones' second-half score against Fresno State on Sept. 7. It was Moriarty's second career goal and her first since scoring at UC Irvine on Nov. 1, 2015.
HELP ME, HELP YOU: Moriarty's goal came off the foot of teammate Mandy McKeegan, whose corner was well-placed to net the senior midfielder her second assist of the season and the ninth of her career. McKeegan's nine helpers are closing in on the top five in the Aggie record books, needing just five more to match Kim Haskell (1993-96) and Laura Whitsitt (1994-95) for fifth on the all-time list.
IN IT TO WIN IT: A lucky bounce here or there and the Aggies' record thus far through 2017 would look a lot different. 10 of UC Davis' 11 matches overall (the second highest of any Big West school this year), and eight of the team's nine defeats this year (the most of any league member this season), have been decided by a single goal. This week's opponent, Cal Poly, has had 11 of its 13 matches decided by one score to lead the way and the Mustangs also stand second to the Aggies with six, one-goal defeats on the season.
THIS CLOSE: The 10 matches decided by a single goal for the Aggies in 2017 match the total of such games accumulated by the Aggies in each of the last three seasons and are the most since the 2013 squad played in 11 one-score contests. The eight defeats by a one-goal margin this year are the most since the 2012 team had its heart broken eight times by a single goal.
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