Oct. 9, 2013
LAST TIME OUT
Sept. 27 at Pacific: W, 1-0
THIS WEEK’S ACTION
UC Davis Aggies (3-5-2, 0-0-0 BWC)
Long Beach State 49ers (7-5-0, 1-1-0 BWC)
Friday, Oct. 10 – 7 p.m.
George Allen Field (1,000) – Long Beach, Calif.
UC Davis Aggies
UC Irvine Anteaters (6-5-0, 1-1-0 BWC)
Sunday, Oct. 13 – 1 p.m.
Anteater Stadium (1,000) – Irvine, Calif.
DAVIS, Calif. – Nearly two weeks after earning a 1-0 victory at Pacific, UC Davis will return to action in its inaugural Big West games of the season at Long Beach State and UC Irvine this weekend. Action will take place on Thursday and Sunday at 7 p.m. and 1 p.m. respectively, live stats links for each game are available at ucdavisaggies.com.
SCOUTING LONG BEACH STATE
Long Beach State enters its home opener Thursday after splitting its first two league games at Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara last week. After falling to the Mustangs 2-0, the 49ers rebounded to defeat the Gauchos 2-1.
In its first conference victory, LBSU also set two season highs with 16 shots and eight shots on goal.
Defeated by Long Beach last season, UC Davis will look to bounce back and earn its first victory at George Allen Field. The Aggies trail the 49ers 3-6-0 all-time, a mark that also includes losses in their last four trips to Long Beach.
Freshman midfielder Mimi Rangel and senior midfielder Eileen Maes lead Long Beach with three goals apiece; combined, the duo is responsible for nearly one-half of the team’s offense this season. The 49ers have scored, and allowed 14 goals throughout their 12 games played.
SCOUTING UC IRVINE
As was the case with Long Beach State, UC Irvine also split its inaugural league games last week against Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara. Unlike the 49ers, the Anteaters defeated Cal Poly 4-3, but lost to the Gauchos 1-0.
In its victory against the Mustangs, UCI scored a season-high four goals for the first time since its 5-0, shutout win over UC Riverside on Oct. 30, 2011.
Anteater Stadium has given visiting teams fits recently as Irvine has not been defeated in 14 of its last 16 home Big West matches. In the seven games played in Irvine, UC Davis has experienced a higher level of success compared to its conference counterparts with its 3-3-1 road record; including their 5-3-1 record in Davis, the Aggies lead the all-time series 8-6-3.
Injured in the fourth match of the season, sophomore goalkeeper Corey Tobin returned to action last week, collected three saves apiece in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo and reclaimed her spot in the starting 11.
In her absence, Jenn Randazzo earned wins in three of her six matches played, recorded 22 saves and allowed nine goals.
Tobin enters this week’s matches with a 1.77 goals against average, 12 saves and a .632 save percentage.
UNOFFICIAL DAY IS ON ITS WAY
UC Davis women’s soccer will host its annual fall UNofficial Visit Day on Friday, Oct. 18. This event provides prospective student-athletes in grades 9-12, and junior college, an opportunity to meet the coaches, academic advisors, support staff and tour the campus.
Registration will close on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 5 p.m. (PT); participants can send their registration form via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org (please include “UNofficial Visit Day Registration” in the subject line) or fax at (530) 752-9340.
Prospects can park in the North Entry Parking Structure, visitor lots 15 or 17 before checking-in at the Memorial Union Plaza located between the UC Davis Bookstore and Freeborn Hall.
At 10 a.m., everyone will have the opportunity to meet with the women’s soccer coaching staff before participating in a seminar led by Amy Soud, athletics academic advisor, from 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m.
A midday lunch break is scheduled for noon; visitors can grab lunch at the Memorial Union, 3rd and U Café – located one block east of campus on 3rd St. – or in downtown Davis.
Admissions and Initial Eligibility Coordinator Miriam Childs will host a 45-minute presentation from 1-1:45 p.m. and answer any NCAA eligibility and/or university admissions-related questions following lunch.
UNofficial Visit Day will conclude with a 75-minute campus tour that will start, and end, at Memorial Plaza. Prospects and accompanying visitors are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes. http://bit.ly/UNofficialVisitDay
MARCH TO THE MILESTONE
With 197 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.
EFFICIENT, YET EFFECTIVE
Of her seven shots on goal, senior midfielder/forward Ashley Edwards has found the back of the net twice and was responsible for the game-winning goal on each occasion.
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 against Drake, UC Davis' last home game prior to its current nine-match road trip, Kawasaki helped the Aggies leave Utah with a 2-2 draw.
YOU CAN'T STOP HER, SHE CAN ONLY STOP YOU
Junior Taylor Jern has frustrated many opposing players as evident by her 51 saves, the third-highest total recorded by a Big West goalkeeper entering this week’s action. Jern trails Cal State Fullerton’s Lindsey Maricic and Cal Poly’s Alyssa Giannetti who sit in first and second place respectively, each have played one and two more games in goal so far this season compared to Jern.
FEW AND FAR BETWEEN
UC Davis captured its two ties of the year on Sept. 13, at Utah, and Sept. 22, at New Mexico, to further extend its recent record of success in overtime games. Since the start of the 2010 season, UC Davis has only lost one (9/7/12 vs. Cal) of its last 12 overtime matches.
Entering the first week of league action, players that possess Big West top 10 statistical rankings (in parentheses) include:
Shots Per Game: Lexi Poppoff – 2.00 (T-5)
Game-Winning Goals: Ashley Edwards – 2 (T-3)
Goals Against Average: Taylor Jern – 1.44 (7)
Save Percentage: Taylor Jern – .773 (3)
Saves: Taylor Jern – 51 (3)
Saves Per Game: Taylor Jern – 5.10 (2)
Shutouts: Taylor Jern – 3.0 (T-5)
COMPARED TO ITS CONFERENCE COMPETITION
Among all Big West teams, UC Davis possesses the following rankings (in parentheses):
Shots: 116 (7)
Points: 21 (9)
Goals: 8 (9)
Goals Per Game: 0.80 (9)
Assists: 5 (9)
Assists Per Game: 0.50 (9)
Goals Allowed: 15 (5)
Goals Against Average: 1.44 (5)
Saves: 52 (T-3)
Shutouts: 3 (6)
Fouls: 86 (9)
Corners: 44 (T-6)
This season, UC Davis women's soccer is:
0-0 against Big West teams
2-0 at home
1-2-2 on the road
0-3 in neutral site games
0-2 against ranked opponents
0-0 at home vs. Big West teams
0-0 on the road vs. Big West teams
2-3-1 in shutouts
2-3 games decided by one goal
0-1 games decided by two or more goals
0-0-2 in overtime
3-0-1 when UC Davis scores first
0-5 when opponents score first
2-0 leading at halftime
0-4 trailing at halftime
1-1-2 tied at halftime
3-1 when the Aggies outshoot opponents
0-4-2 when opponents outshoot the Aggies
0-0 when shots are tied
3-1-2 when the Aggies take more corner kicks
0-4 when opponents take more corner kicks than the Aggies
0-0 equal number or corner kicks
2-3 when the Aggies commit more fouls
0-2-2 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 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 that Drake match, and their inaugural conference home conference contest against the Rainbow Wahine next week, 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, before traveling to Albuquerque to compete against Texas Tech (Sept. 20) and host New Mexico (Sept. 22) at the Jack in the Box Classic.
Other non-conference road action will take place at Utah (Sept. 13), Utah Valley (Sept. 15) and against Pacific this week (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 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
UC Davis women's soccer will host its first home game since Sept. 1, when the team returns to Aggie Soccer Field next week.
Thursday, Oct. 17: vs. Hawai’i – 2 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 20: vs. Cal State Northridge – 1 p.m.