UC Davis is the team in the spotlight this week as the club welcomes teams for the Aggie Shoot Out. It's a light week on the schedule as the Aggies account for four of the eight scheduled matches.
AROUND THE BIG WEST
KLATT CLOSING IN
UC Irvine coach Dan Klatt, the winningest coach in league history, is closing in on another major milestone. Two more victories gives Klatt 200 for his career, making him the first coach in league history to attain the feat.
MATADORS IN GOAL
CSUN has an impressive 1-2 punch between the pipes in Niki Van Vugt and Emma Pfister. The duo ranks 1-2 in saves per game in the Big West with 10.5 and 8.8, respectively, as both have appeared in goal in every game for the Matadors this season. Van Vugt has played 184:22 in goal so far, racking up 63 saves and a .573 save percentage. Pfister’s 104:00 in goal has shown her record 35 saves and a .574 save percentage.
AGGIES SHOW THEIR METTLE
UC Davis was among a handful of ranked teams in competition at the Triton Invitational last weekend and the Aggies responded with three wins in four matches against ranked opposition. UCD toppled #19 Loyola Marymount in overtime, the15th-ranked host UC San Diego and #18 San Diego State. The lone UCD loss came to #6 Arizona State on the first day of the prestigious tournament.
MASSIER OFF TO A STRONG START
Long Beach State’s Alexander Massier picked up second team All-Big West accolades a year ago and has picked up where she left off to start her senior campaign. Massier has scored 11 goals in LBSU’s seven matches, tops on the team. The center tends to score in bunches as she has recorded three goals on three occasions this season.
UH OFFENSE UNLIKE ANY OTHER
Hawai’i returns to action this week with a Wednesday tuneup against Cal Baptist, giving fans a chance to see their offense before heading to the Barbara Kalbus Invitational in Irvine. The ‘Bows are averaging 12.13 goals per game and have scored 58 goals in the first half this season. They’re also shooting a robust .418 and have converted on nearly 50% (24-49) of their power play chances.
Nine players who earned either first or second team All-Big West honors return to the fold in 2018, five of those being first team honorees.