Oct. 23, 2013
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Oct. 17 vs. Hawai’i: L, 2-0
Oct. 20 vs. Cal State Northridge: W, 1-0 (2OT)
THIS WEEK’S ACTION
UC Davis Aggies (4-7-3, 1-2-1 BWC)
UC Riverside Highlanders (6-10-1, 3-3-0 BWC)
Thursday, Oct. 24 – 7 p.m.
UC Riverside Soccer Stadium (900) – Riverside, Calif.
UC Davis Aggies
Cal State Fullerton Titans (7-5-4, 2-2-1 BWC)
Sunday, Oct. 27 – 1 p.m.
Titan Stadium (10,000) – Fullerton, Calif.
DAVIS, Calif. – The battle for one of four berths at this year’s Big West Women’s Soccer Tournament will become even more intense with only two weeks remaining in the season; UC Davis will look to climb the conference standings in its final road games of 2013 Thursday night at UC Riverside, and Sunday afternoon at Cal State Fullerton.
THANK YOU FOR THINKING PINK
UC Davis women’s soccer would like to thank all fans for their support throughout last week’s Breast Cancer Awareness games. At both home events, everyone in attendance had the opportunity to purchase pink t-shirts, make a donation and honor a friend, or loved one, by contributing to the program’s awareness mural.
MARCH TO THE MILESTONE
With 198 wins, UC Davis head coach Maryclaire Robinson will have her first chance to reach the 200-win milestone this week. Coach Robinson entered the 2013 with a .544 winning percentage, and is one of just a handful of coaches from across the country who have the opportunity to capture their 200th win this season.
SCOUTING UC RIVERSIDE
UC Davis will face a UC Riverside team Thursday night, at UC Riverside Soccer Stadium, that has lost three of its last four matches. Even though the Highlanders also hold a 5-2-2 advantage all-time against the Aggies, UC Davis has won the last two head-to-head meetings, and have not dropped a match against UCR since the 2009 season.
Freshman Sammy Arellano leads all Highlanders with three goals; in addition to her team-high two assists, her eight points are the most earned by any Riverside player this year.
Sophomore Elizabeth Silas, Riverside’s fourth-ever goalkeeper named Big West defensive player of the week, will take the field against UC Davis with a 1.30 goals against average and 71 saves.
Look for both teams to shoot early, and often; Riverside enters their final home league match of the year with 182 shots taken throughout its 16 games, UC Davis has 155 shots to its credit in the team’s 14 games played.
SCOUTING CAL STATE FULLERTON
The final road game of the 2013 season for UC Davis will take place at Titan Stadium, against Cal State Fullerton. As was the case with their game at Riverside, the Aggies will compete against an opponent competing in its final home conference match. As is the case with its game against the Highlanders, the Aggies also hope to spoil the Titans’ celebration Sunday afternoon.
By earning a 1-0, shutout victory versus UC Santa Barbara last Sunday, the Titans earned a split of its matches played last week and added another shutout to its league-high total. In addition to Cal Poly, a team that defeated Fullerton 1-0, last Thursday, the Titans have earned nine clean sheets.
As is the case with the Aggies, a team that has competed in four double-overtime contests this year, the Titans have gone the distance on numerous occasions this season. Of the five double-overtime matches played by CSUF, one ended with a Titans victory, the other four ended in a tie.
Cal State Fullerton also earned one overtime victory, against Hawai’i, in its conference opener.
In addition to leading all Fullerton players with three goals, Erica Mazeau also holds two additional team-high totals with five assists and 11 points. With 20 shots on goal to her credit, the senior midfielder is responsible for more than 20 percent of her team’s overall total.
SHE’S A HEARTBREAKER
On Oct. 20, an event familiar to Aggie women’s soccer fans took place once again when senior midfielder Ashley Edwards scored the game-winning goal. Edwards is now ranked No. 3 among all Big West players this season with three game-winning shots.
THANK YOU SENIORS!
UC Davis women’s soccer will honor its graduating class in the final home game of the season, on Nov. 3, against UC Santa Barbara. Kiele Argente, Stephanie Bell, Bridget Berman, Ashley Edwards, Hannah Hicks, Kirstin Holmberg, Emily Irion and Mary Beth Mazurek will be recognized for their respective contributions to the program in a pregame ceremony that day.
THEY KEEP GOING, AND GOING, AND GOING
With its 1-0, double overtime victory against Cal State Northridge on Oct. 20, UC Davis further strengthened its reputation as one of the toughest teams to face in overtime. In addition to that victory, the Aggies earned a tie its three previously played overtime matches this year (Sept. 13, at Utah; Sept. 22, at New Mexico; Oct. 10, at Long Beach State)
Since the start of the 2010 season, UC Davis has only lost one (9/7/12 vs. Cal) of its 14 overtime games.
YOU CAN'T STOP HER, SHE CAN ONLY STOP YOU
Junior Taylor Jern has frustrated many opposing players as evident by her 73 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 76 saves for the conference’s top spot.
If Jern is able to stop another 27 shots before the end of the season, she will occupy third place in UC Davis’ list of single season records alongside Krista Hull’s 1992 total of 100 saves. If that occurs, Jern will tie Hull’s 1991 total (101) with her following save.
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.
Entering this week’s league action, players that possess Big West top 10 statistical rankings (in parentheses) include:
Goals: Ashley Edwards – 4 (T-6)
Goals Per Game: Ashley Edwards – 0.31 (7)
Game-Winning Goals: Ashley Edwards – 3 (T-3)
Goals Against Average: Taylor Jern – 1.41 (8)
Save Percentage: Taylor Jern – .777 (5)
Saves: Taylor Jern – 73 (2)
Saves Per Game: Taylor Jern – 5.21 (2)
Shutouts: Taylor Jern – 4.0 (T-5)
COMPARED TO ITS CONFERENCE COMPETITION
Among all Big West teams, UC Davis possesses the following rankings (in parentheses):
Shots: 155 (8)
Points: 29 (9)
Goals: 11 (9)
Goals Per Game: 0.79 (9)
Assists: 7 (9)
Assists Per Game: 0.50 (9)
Goals Allowed: 21 (6)
Goals Against Average: 1.41 (6)
Saves: 74 (4)
Shutouts: 4 (T-6)
Fouls: 136 (9)
Corners: 56 (6)
This season, UC Davis women's soccer is:
1-2-1 against Big West teams
3-1 at home
1-3-3 on the road
0-3 in neutral site games
0-2 against ranked opponents
1-1 at home vs. Big West teams
0-1-1 on the road vs. Big West teams
3-3-1 in shutouts
3-3 games decided by one goal
0-3 games decided by two or more goals
1-0-3 in overtime
4-0-2 when UC Davis scores first
0-7 when opponents score first
2-0 leading at halftime
0-5 trailing at halftime
2-2-3 tied at halftime
3-1 when the Aggies outshoot opponents
1-5-3 when opponents outshoot the Aggies
0-1 when shots are tied
3-2-2 when the Aggies take more corner kicks
1-5-1 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
1-4-2 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, 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.
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 final two regular season games, at Aggie Soccer Field, next week.
Thursday, Oct. 31: vs. Cal Poly – 2 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 3 (Senior Day): vs. UC Santa Barbara – 2 p.m.