Oct. 18, 2012
HONOLULU, Hawaii - The UC Davis women's soccer team embarks on a difficult roadtrip this weekend when the Aggies make their first trip to Big West Conference newcomer Hawai'i before returning to the mainland on Sunday to face Cal State Northridge.
"We are excited about this upcoming trip to Hawaii," said Aggie coach Maryclaire Robinson. "It's a first for the program and the squad is focused to get this new opportunity off to a great start. Big West wins are difficult to come by and we expect playing Hawaii at home to be no different.Their facility is fantastic and playing in front of their crowd will bring an atmosphere that will raise undoubtedly raise the level (of play). The Rainbow Wahine have struggled on the road, posting just a 1-7 record, but have been outstanding at home with a 5-1-2 record. They're coming off losses last week at UC Santa Barbara (1-0) and Big West leader Cal Poly (5-2) and have dropped seven of their last eight, all but two of the games coming on the road.
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UC Davis won't be able to enjoy the islands too much, returning quickly to take on Cal State Northridge on Sunday afternoon. The Matadors are 3-1-1 in their last five games, including an important 2-2 overtime tie at Cal Poly last weekend. They have a narrow 2-1 loss to No. 24 Baylor earlier this season and tied No. 22 Tennessee, 0-0, on Sept. 7. Cal State Northridge also tied perennial power Portland, 1-1, on Sept. 27, when the Pilots were ranked No. 22.
Melissa Fernandez and Stephanie Galarze each have three goals to pace the Matadors' attack while Fernandez has added a team-high five assists. Cynthia Jacobo leads the Big West with a 0.64 goals-against average and has let just 10 shots slip through this season.
This week's games are crucial for UC Davis which has just one weekend of competition remaining after this trip in order to try and secure a berth in the conference tournament for the second straight year. UC Davis is coming off a tough weekend last week, dropping a 1-0 game to No. 22 Long Beach State last Friday before tying UC Irvine, 1-1, on Sunday. Those two teams were picked to finish 1-2, respectively, in the preseason poll.
Ashley Edwards, who scored an early goal against UC Irvine, has a team-high five for UC Davis while freshman Sienna Drizin has four. While six different players have multiple goals, four different Aggies have more than one assist including Kiele Argente and Stephanie Bell who each have two.
Taylor Jern ranks third in the conference with a 0.97 goals-against average and has an .824 save percentage, second-best in the Big West.