Oct. 4, 2012
STOCKTON, Calif. - Looking to rebound off a tough loss at Cal Poly last Sunday after an overtime win at UC Santa Barbara two days earlier, the UC Davis women's soccer team will head south for rival Pacific as the teams tangle in a Big West match on Friday night.
The match starts at 7 p.m.
The Aggies, 6-5 overall and 1-1 in the Big West after the opening weekend of conference play, are currently tied for fourth in the league standings with plenty of matches still on the horizon. Pacific is 3-7-1 overall and 0-1-1 in the conference and is tied for seventh.
The Tigers enter the weekend after losing 4-1 at Cal Poly last Friday and then posting a 3-3 double-overtime tie at UC Santa Barbara two days later. That weekend came on the heels of two straight wins and three of their previous four including victories over Oregon and Arizona.
Pacific has beaten UC Davis in four of their five matchups since the Aggies joined the Big West in 2007, however, the Aggies picked up the most recent win, scoring a 3-2 overtime victory when Kiele Argente scored in the 94th minute at Aggie Soccer Field in 2011.
The Tigers are led offensively by Maricela Padilla whose five goals and an assist give her a team-high 11 points. Zarette Munoz-Aguilar has two goals and is the only other player with more than one. Kathrine Larsen and Tashia Long have split time in goal with Larsen collecting 27 saves and Long saving 31.
The Aggies opened the season with four straight wins but haven't been able to put together consecutive victories since. They traveled to the Central Coast last weekend, scoring an exciting 2-1 overtime win at UC Santa Barbara on Friday before being shut out at Cal Poly 1-0 two days later.
UC Davis has been blanked in three of its last five games but has still outscored the opposition 17-11 on the season. Six different Aggies have tallied at least two goals, led by Ashley Edwards' four, while Argente and Stephanie Bell each have three assists. Taylor Jern has 56 saves in goal and a 0.90 goals against average.
UC Davis has been prolific in getting shots, averaging a Big West-best 16.92 per game. Defensively, the Aggies' 0.92 goals against average is second-best.
Friday's game will end a stretch of seven straight road games for UC Davis which will host perennial Big West powers Long Beach State and UC Irvine next weekend.