Aggies Finally Return Home, Host Hawai'i and CSUN

Lexi Poppoff leads all Aggies with 22 shots and 11 shots on goal.
 
Lexi Poppoff leads all Aggies with 22 shots and 11 shots on goal.
 

Oct. 16, 2013

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Oct. 10 at Long Beach State:  T, 1-1 (2OT)
Oct. 13 at UC Irvine: L, 3-1


THIS WEEK'S ACTION

Match 13

Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine (6-7-0, 1-3-0 BWC)
at
UC Davis Aggies (3-6-3, 0-1-1 BWC
 

Thursday, Oct. 17 - 2 p.m.
Aggie Soccer Field (1,000) - Davis, Calif.

The Last Meeting
UC Davis2
Hawai'i3
October 19, 2012
Honolulu, Hawaii
Hawai'i Holds Off UC Davis, 3-2, In Big West Matchup
Sophomore Lexi Poppoff and junior Ashley Edwards each scored goals for UC Davis on Friday night but host Hawai'i was able to avoid the equalizer as the Rainbow Wahines defeated the Aggies 3-2 in a Big West women's soccer match.

The Last Meeting
UC Davis0
Cal State Northridge1
October 21, 2012
Northridge, Calif.
Matadors Score Early And Edge UC Davis, 1-0
Melissa Fernandez scored in the 24th minute for Cal State Northridge and the Matadors made it stand up the remainder of the match, posting a 1-0 win over visiting UC Davis in a Big West Conference women's soccer matchup on Sunday afternoon.

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Live Stats 
In-game Twitter Updates

Match 14

Cal State Northridge Matadors (5-9-1, 0-3-1 BWC)
at
UC Davis Aggies

Sunday, Oct. 20 - 1 p.m.
Aggie Soccer Field (1,000) - Davis, Calif.

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DAVIS, Calif. - A 46-day gap between home games will end Thursday, at 2 p.m., when UC Davis takes the field at Aggie Soccer Stadium to face the Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine. The Aggies will not need to wait quite as long to host their next home game when Cal State Northridge visits campus Sunday for a 1 p.m. Big West match. Links for live stats, in-game Twitter updates and an internet broadcast provided by KDVS, for both matches, are available at ucdavisaggies.com. 

THINK PINK DURING BREAST CANCER AWARENESS WEEK
UC Davis women's soccer will host its annual "Think Pink" games throughout the week when the Aggies host Hawai'i and Cal State Northridge. Fans will have an opportunity to purchase t-shirts and help personalize a mural that will be on display throughout both games.

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 aggiesoccer@ucdavis.edu (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

SCOUTING HAWAI'I
For the first time in the program's history, UC Davis will host the Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine in Big West action this week. Even though Hawai'i split its six previously played matches away from the islands, the Rainbow Wahine still seek their first-ever Big West road victory since joining the conference last season.

Last week, UH split its home games against UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly by defeating the former 1-0, before suffering a 3-2 loss to the latter in overtime.

Expect the Rainbow Wahine to shoot early and often; compared to their opponents who have recorded a combine 122 shots, Hawai'i has taken 211 shots through 13 games.

Keep an eye on junior forward Tiana Fujimoto; in addition to leading her team with eight goals, Hawai'i has won all but one of the six games that she has scored in this year.

In addition to Fujimoto, junior midfielder Kama Pascua (4) and freshman defender Ryan Daniel (1) are collectively responsible for the Rainbow Wahine's remaining goals.

SCOUTING CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
Cal State Northridge will travel to Davis for its only game of the week, scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. The penultimate road match for the Matadors, CSUN will return to the Valley for its final home games next week before heading to Hawai'i for its season finale.

Including two 1-0 results recorded last week against UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly, Northridge will enter Aggie Soccer Field with only one win in its last six matches.

Sophomore goalkeeper Cynthia Tafoya was between the pipes in all four Big West matches; in addition to posting a 0-3-1 record in league action, Tafoya has collected 17 saves, holds a 1.42 goals against average and a .739 save percentage.

Led by Brittanie Sakajian with three, 10 Matadors have scored a collective 15 goals this season. Sophomore midfielder Taylor Hobson and sophomore forward Kendall Moskal each have one goal to their credit and are collectively responsible for CSUN's offense in league contests.

START OF THE SECOND SEASON (AT HOME)
UC Davis will face Hawai'i in the team's Big West home opener for the first time in the program's history when the two teams take the field Thursday afternoon. Since joining the conference in 2007, the Aggies opened their home league schedule against UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton twice and Long Beach State and UC Riverside on one occasion. In its six Big West home openers, UC Davis is 1-3-2.

The Aggies defeated UC Irvine, 2-1, in its 2009 league home opener.

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 nine shots on goal, senior midfielder/forward Ashley Edwards has found the back of the net three times, and was responsible for the game-winning goal on two of those occasions.

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 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 64 saves, the second-highest total recorded by a Big West goalkeeper entering this week's action. Jern trails only Cal State Fullerton's Lindsey Maricic and her total of 73 saves for the conference's top spot.

If Jern is able to collect 35 shots before the end of the season, she will takeover third place in UC Davis' list of single season records, jump over Krista Hull and her 1992 total and share second place with Hull's '91 total of 101 saves.

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.

TOP TOTALS



Entering the second week of league action, players that possess Big West top 10 statistical rankings (in parentheses) include: 







Shots Per Game: Lexi Poppoff - 1.83 (8)
Goals:
Ashley Edwards - 3 (T-8)
Goals Per Game: Ashley Edwards - 0.25 (9)
Game-Winning Goals: Ashley Edwards - 2 (T-4)
Goals Against Average: Taylor Jern - 1.50 (9)



Save Percentage: Taylor Jern - .771 (4)



Saves: Taylor Jern - 64 (2)



Saves Per Game: Taylor Jern - 5.33 (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: 132 (9)


Points: 26 (9)


Goals: 10 (9)


Goals Per Game: 0.83 (9)

Assists:
 6 (9)


Assists Per Game: 0.50 (9)


Goals Allowed: 19 (6)


Goals Against Average: 1.50 (7)


Saves: 65 (3)


Shutouts: 3 (T-6)


Fouls: 116 (9)


Corners: 49 (7)

RECORD BREAKDOWN



This season, UC Davis women's soccer is: 







3-6-3 overall



0-1-1 against Big West teams







2-0 at home



1-3-3 on the road



0-3 in neutral site games







0-2 against ranked opponents





0-0 at home vs. Big West teams



0-1-1 on the road vs. Big West teams

2-3-1 in shutouts



2-3 games decided by one goal



0-2 games decided by two or more goals



0-0-2 in overtime







3-0-2 when UC Davis scores first



0-6 when opponents score first







2-0 leading at halftime



0-5 trailing at halftime



1-1-3 tied at halftime

3-1 when the Aggies outshoot opponents



0-5-3 when opponents outshoot the Aggies



0-0 when shots are tied






3-1-2 when the Aggies take more corner kicks



0-5-1 when opponents take more corner kicks than the Aggies


0-0 equal number or corner kicks







2-3-1 when the Aggies commit more fouls



0-3-2 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.

ROAD WARRIORS




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, the Aggies competed in nine consecutive road matches.

Included in that block of action were 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 took place at Utah (Sept. 13), Utah Valley (Sept. 15) and against Pacific (Sept. 27). UC Davis also opened its conference schedule on the road at Long Beach State (Oct. 10) and at UC Irvine (Oct. 13).

The nine-game trip was 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 BilodeauxNicole BouviaBrooke CareyAndrea DamianKatie FosterDana GrangerHailey JenkinsAshley KawasakiTaylor LockeMari PastorBriana Pompa-HoganKate Ranahan Audrey RomanoNicole SmolinskiEmma Tinloy




Sophomores (9): Sienna DrizinCharlotte EllbergJenna GrandeHaley HughesLindsey O'TousaLauren PaulJulia ShockleyAna Marija SolaTina Yeghiayan




Juniors (4): Stephanie BellEmily IrionTaylor JernLexi Poppoff




Seniors (6): Kiele ArgenteBridget BermanAshley EdwardsHannah HicksKirstin HolmbergMary Beth Mazurek

Goalkeepers (3): Brooke CareyKatie FosterTaylor Jern




Defenders (10): Nicole BouviaCharlotte EllbergJenna GrandeHailey JenkinsLindsey O'TousaLauren PaulKate RanahanJulia ShockleyNicole SmolinskiAna Marija Sola




Midfielders (13): Jill BilodeauxBridget BermanAndrea DamianAshley EdwardsDana GrangerHannah HicksKirstin HolmbergEmily IrionAshley KawasakiMari Pastor, Briana Pompa-HoganEmma TinloyTina Yeghiayan




Forwards (8): Kiele ArgenteStephanie BellSienna DrizinHaley HughesTaylor LockeMary Beth MazurekLexi PoppoffAudrey Romano,

California (33): Kiele ArgenteStephanie BellJill BilodeauxBridget BermanNicole BouviaBrooke CareyAndrea DamianAshley EdwardsCharlotte EllbergKatie FosterJenna GrandeDana GrangerHannah HicksKirstin HolmbergHaley HughesEmily IrionHailey JenkinsTaylor JernAshley KawasakiTaylor LockeMary Beth MazurekLindsey O'TousaLauren PaulMari PastorBriana Pompa-HoganLexi PoppoffAudrey RomanoJulia ShockleyNicole SmolinskiAna Marija SolaKate RanahanEmma TinloyTina Yeghiayan




Nevada (1): Sienna Drizin

SNEAK PEEK


UC Davis women's soccer will return to the road for next week's conference matches at UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton.

Thursday, Oct. 24: at UC Riverside - 7 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 27: at Cal State Fullerton - 1 p.m.