Oct. 30, 2013
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Oct. 24 at UC Riverside: W, 2-1
Oct. 27 at Cal State Fullerton: L, 1-0 (2OT)
THIS WEEK’S ACTION
Cal Poly Mustangs (10-7-0, 6-1-0 BWC)
UC Davis Aggies (5-8-3, 2-3-1 BWC)
Thursday, Oct. 31 – 2 p.m.
Aggie Soccer Field (1,000) – Davis, Calif.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (9-8-1, 3-4-0 BWC)
UC Davis Aggies
Sunday, Nov. 3 – 2 p.m.
Aggie Soccer Field (1,000) – Davis, Calif.
DAVIS, Calif. – With two spots at this year’s Big West Women’s Soccer Tournament still up for grabs, UC Davis is one of five teams fighting to extend its season this week. A sweep over Cal Poly on Thursday, and UC Santa Barbara on Sunday, will strengthen its cause; these two home games also represent the end of the Aggies’ 2013 regular season schedule.
UC Davis will also honor its eight-member senior class in a pregame ceremony before the start of Sunday’s game against the Gauchos. Fans are encouraged to arrive to Aggie Soccer Field earlier that normal to help the women’s soccer program honor Kiele Argente, Stephanie Bell, Bridget Berman, Ashley Edwards, Hannah Hicks, Kirsten Holmberg Emily Irion and Mary Beth Mazurek.
Kickoff for both matches will take place at 2 p.m.
THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE
First arriving students to both Thursday’s game against Cal Poly, and Sunday’s matchup against UC Santa Barbara will have an opportunity to leave Aggie Soccer Field with limited edition Aggie swag.
Rally towels will be distributed before the start of Thursday’s crucial Big West game against Cal Poly, soccer scarves are available for the lucky individuals who arrive to Sunday’s UC Santa Barbara match early.
Get your free Aggie gear while supplies last!
THANK YOU SENIORS!
UC Davis women’s soccer will honor its six-member senior class in its final home game of the season, on Nov. 3, against UC Santa Barbara. Kiele Argente, Stephanie Bell, Bridget Berman, Ashley Edwards, Hannah Hicks, Kirsten Holmberg Emily Irion and Mary Beth Mazurek will be recognized for their respective contributions to the program in a pregame ceremony that day.
UC DAVIS THINKS PINK
UC Davis women’s soccer would like to thank all fans for their support during the Aggies’ Breast Cancer Awareness games against Hawai’i (Oct. 17) and Cal State Northridge (Oct. 20). 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 199 wins, this week’s home games provide UC Davis head coach Maryclaire Robinson with her final opportunity of the season to reach the 200-win milestone at Aggie Soccer Field. Coach Robinson entered the 2013 with a .544 winning percentage and is one of just a handful of coaches who have the opportunity to capture their 200th win this season.
SCOUTING CAL POLY
Having already clinched a share of this season’s regular season title, Cal Poly will earn the championship outright with a win, or a tie, against UC Davis.
In last year’s matchup, Elise Krieghoff scored the game-winner to down the Aggies, 1-0–the fifth occasion in the last six head-to-head meetings where the final score was decided by a slim one-goal margin.
Keep an eye on Krieghoff during Thursday’s game; responsible for a NCAA-high 20 of her team’s 31 goals, the Aggies’ ability to contain the sophomore forward will heavily influence that day’s eventual outcome.
Even though one player is responsible for a bevy of goals throughout the year, Cal Poly has also allowed its fair share of goals and enters its season finale with a league-high 31 goals allowed.
SCOUTING UC SANTA BARBARA
Sunday’s season finale has the potential to determine the final participant in this year’s conference tournament, one that can extend the seasons for both UC Santa Barbara, and UC Davis.
The Gauchos will arrive to Davis after suffering back-to-back, one-goal losses at Cal State Fullerton, and against Cal Poly; both contests extended UCSB’s streak of one-goal results to eight matches. Of that group of games, Santa Barbara captured three wins against five losses.
Senior forward Allie Arinello and junior forward Madison Beckley each lead the team with five goals, a collective total that represents nearly one-half of the 21 scored by UCSB this season.
Since it is her last game as a Gaucho, you may see senior goalkeeper Makenna Henry earn the start against the Aggies. Either way, expect sophomore Beth Ritter, the team’s normal starter, to see a majority of action Sunday afternoon. Ritter enters that game with 54 saves, an .831 save percentage and 0.72 goals against average.
ONE FINAL PUSH
Entering the final week of the regular season, four teams have a shot to earn one of two available berths at this year’s Big West Women’s Soccer Tournament. For first-place Cal Poly, this week’s matches provide an opportunity to solidify its spot at the top of the league standings. For second place UC Irvine, its postseason spot is secure; the Anteaters still have a chance to claim the regular season title if they defeat Cal State Fullerton, and the Mustangs lose its season finale, at UC Davis, on Thursday.
Cal State Northridge will travel to the islands to face Hawai’i in a match that also serves as each team’s season finale. Only bragging rights are available in that contest as both squads are mathematically eliminated from postseason action.
That leaves Cal State Fullerton, UC Santa Barbara, UC Riverside, Long Beach State and UC Davis fighting for the last remaining tournament spots in their respective final games of the season.
With myriad postseason combinations still at play, the results of Thursday’s Cal State Fullerton at Long Beach State, and Cal Poly at UC Davis matchups will help frame the final batch of possible outcomes entering the final week of play.
POPPOFF GOES OFF AT UC RIVERSIDE
For the second time in her career, Lexi Poppoff scored a goal, and recorded an assist in the same game. As was the case when Poppoff earned three points to help UC Davis defeat San Jose State on Sept. 2, 2012, the junior forward also led the Aggies to victory on Oct. 24, 2013, at UC Riverside.
In that match against the Highlanders last week, Poppoff recorded her second career game-winning goal.
SHE’S A HEARTBREAKER
On Oct. 20, an event familiar to Aggie women’s soccer fans took place one again when senior midfielder Ashley Edwards scored the game-winning goal to help her team capture a 1-0, double-overtime victory. Edwards is now tied for No. 4 among all Big West players with three game-winning shots.
THEY KEEP GOING, AND GOING, AND GOING
With its 1-0, double overtime victory against Cal State Northridge on Oct. 20, UC Davis 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).
YOU CAN'T STOP HER, SHE CAN ONLY STOP YOU
Junior Taylor Jern has frustrated many opposing players as evident by her 78 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 by one save for the conference’s top spot.
If Jern is able to stop another 22 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) and share second place 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-8)
Goals Per Game: Ashley Edwards – 0.27 (T-9)
Game-Winning Goals: Ashley Edwards – 3 (T-4)
Goals Against Average: Taylor Jern – 1.35 (8)
Save Percentage: Taylor Jern – .772 (4)
Saves: Taylor Jern – 78 (2)
Saves Per Game: Taylor Jern – 4.88 (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: 168 (9)
Points: 37 (9)
Goals: 13 (9)
Goals Per Game: 0.81 (9)
Assists: 11 (9)
Assists Per Game: 0.69 (7)
Goals Allowed: 23 (6)
Goals Against Average: 1.35 (6)
Saves: 79 (T-3)
Shutouts: 4 (T-6)
Fouls: 162 (8)
Corners: 64 (5)
This season, UC Davis women's soccer is:
2-3-1 against Big West teams
3-1 at home
2-4-3 on the road
0-3 in neutral site games
0-2 against ranked opponents
1-1 at home vs. Big West teams
1-2-1 on the road vs. Big West teams
3-4-1 in shutouts
4-4 games decided by one goal
0-3 games decided by two or more goals
1-1-3 in overtime
4-0-2 when UC Davis scores first
1-8 when opponents score first
2-0 leading at halftime
1-5 trailing at halftime
2-3-3 tied at halftime
3-1 when the Aggies outshoot opponents
2-6-3 when opponents outshoot the Aggies
0-1 when shots are tied
4-2-2 when the Aggies take more corner kicks
1-6-1 when opponents take more corner kicks than the Aggies
0-0 equal number or corner kicks
2-4-1 when the Aggies commit more fouls
2-4-2 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