UC Davis Travels To Cal Poly For North Division Showdown
Men's Soccer Weekly Release No. 9
Tied for first in the North Division with 10 points, UC Davis and Cal Poly meet Wednesday in San Luis Obispo.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Showdown Awaits: Cal Poly sits atop the Big West North Division alongside UC Davis with 10 points apiece and identical 3-1-1 records. The two combatants square off for sole possession of first place on Wednesday in San Luis Obispo. Cal Poly is seeking its first Big West championship.
Multi Goal Manifesto: Dating back to the 2013 season, the Mustangs are 16-2 when they score two or more goals, including 6-2 this season. Cal Poly lost 4-3 to Davidson in the season opener and 3-2 against Cal State Fullerton on Oct. 11.
Minter Remains Hot: Junior Chase Minter scored a goal for the third consecutive game in Saturday’s 3-1 victory at Sacramento State. He added an assist in the contest, and has totalled 10 points (4G, 2A) over his last five outings.
Hamilton On Doorstep For Milestone: Junior goalkeeper Wade Hamilton needs two saves to reach No. 200 for his career. Hamilton ranks third in Cal Poly career history with his 198 saves.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
Still In Second: Cal State Fullerton lost a hard fought matchup to UC Irvine, 1-0, in George Kuntz’s return trip to Anteater Stadium on Saturday. The Titans are second in the Big West South Division with six points, and hope to create some distance this week against CSUN and UC Riverside – two teams that have four points apiece.
Shot Streak Ends: Cal State Fullerton’s streak of outshooting its opponent in 12 straight games came to end against UCI when the Anteaters owned a 13-9 advantage in that department. The Titans lead the Big West with 226 shots taken this season, 30 more than the next club in that category.
On Pace For More: CSF, which scored 23 goals in 18 games in 2013, has an identical number of goals scored in three less contests this season.
Losee’s The Key: Senior Garrett Losee is tied for the team lead with four goals. The Titans are 4-0 in games in which Losee finds the back of the net. Losee’s seven goals over the last one-plus seasons are the most of any Titan.
Crucial Win: Winless in five consecutive matches (0-4-1), the Matadors reintroduced themselves to the win column with a crucial 2-1 triumph over UC Riverside on Saturday. The win pulled the Matadors even with the Highlanders in the Big West South Division – each with four points apiece. It also gave CSUN the tiebreaker edge over UCR for the final spot in next month’s Big West Tournament.
Sagi Strikes Again: Mired in a scoring slump, senior Sagi Lev-Ari ended a five-game goalless drought with a huge strike in the UCR win. Lev-Ari’s score, which came in the 87th minute, was his eighth of the year and fifth game-winner – which tops the conference in both categories.
One More To 40: Lev-Ari’s goal brought him within one of career No. 40. Lev-Ari’s next goal would secure his spot as one of only four players in Big West history with 40 career strikes.
Crucial Trip Ahead: CSUN embarks on a three-match roadtrip this week, beginning Wednesday at Cal State Fullerton.
Race Wide Open: The Hornets may have dropped their North Division opener to Cal Poly last weekend, but they are still very much in the race. Sacramento State is fourth in the division with six points, but just one behind UC Santa Barbara and four off the pace of co-leaders Cal Poly and UC Davis. The Hornets travel to UCSB for a critical matchup this Wednesday.
Game Moved To Bonney Field: Sacramento State’s game against rival UC Davis this Saturday has been moved from Hornet Field to Bonney Field, home site of Sacramento Republic FC. The contest has been dubbed the Collegiate Causeway Classico. The Republic regularly sold out their home games at Bonney Field during their first year of existence as a USL Pro team.
All Tied Up: Eleven goals through 14 games equals the entire goal total the Hornets had during the 2013 season.
First Half Flaws: The Hornets have failed to score a first half goal during six straight games, and last did so on Sept. 26 against Saint Mary’s.
More Overtime: UC Davis played in its 10th overtime game this season – one off the NCAA record set by Saint Louis in 2003, equalled in 2009 by San Diego State, and again by UC Davis in 2011. But instead of settling for another tie, of which the team already has eight, the Aggies defeated UC Santa Barbara with a goal in the 107th minute.
Home Streak At 10: UC Davis is unbeaten at Aggie Soccer Field in 10 straight tries, including a 3-0-5 mark this season. The Aggies do not return home until Nov. 1, and embark on a three-match roadtrip starting Wednesday at Cal Poly.
Streak Continues: UC Davis has yet to allow an opponent to score more than one goal in all 14 games this season. As a result, the Aggies sport a conference-low 0.56 goals against average, a figure that ranks ninth-best in the nation.
Large Crowd Witnesses Win: The Aggies played in front of a capacity crowd of 1,344 fans in the win over UCSB. The total more than doubled the previous high of 636 fans against Saint Mary’s on Sept. 28.
Reaching New High: UC Irvine continues to move into uncharted territory concerning the national rankings. Threeweeks ago, UCI reached its highest perch ever at No. 3 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire poll. This week, the Anteaters jumped up to No. 2 in the Top Drawer Soccer rankings.
Home Streak Intact: The Anteaters shutout Cal State Fullerton, 1-0, on Saturday to capture their 11th straight win at home dating back to last season. UCI is 5-0 on its home pitch in 2014. UCI has recorded eight straight wins at home by shutout, and last yielded a goal at home to an opponent on Nov. 9, 2013 against CSUN.
Breslin Enters Top 10: Junior goalkeeper Michael Breslin notched his fifth shutout of the season in the CSF win, representing the 18th of his career. That moved him into a three-way tie for 10th in Big West career shutouts, alongside Omar Zeenni of UC Davis (2010-13) and Fresno State’s Chato Elgorriaga (1983-85). Breslin’s 31 victories place him sixth in Big West history, and he’s on the cusp of entering the top 10 in minutes played and total matches in goal.
Tough Loss: UC Riverside fell by a 2-1 score to CSUN, dropping to 1-3-1 in Big West play. The Highlanders have lost seven games this season by one goal, including in each of their last three defeats.
Still Hammering Away: The Highlanders have only two goals to show for it, but it’s not for lack of trying. Over the last three games, UC Riverside has taken 20 or more shots – 66 to be exact. The team owns a 66 to 40 edge in shots, meaning UCR is creating the opportunities but not capitalizing on as many of them as it would like.
Lomeli Notches Goal: After scoring three goals in his first four matches as a freshman, Romario Lomeli went 28 straight contests without scoring another. That all changed on Saturday when he booted a goal in the 87th minute against CSUN.
Khosravi Second In Saves: Junior goalkeeper Ashkan Khosravi tied his season high for saves with seven against CSUN, a total he has reached twice before – against New Mexico and Bakersfield. Khosravi ranks second in the Big West with 53 saves.
UC SANTA BARBARA
Tailspin: UC Santa Barbara fell to 0-3-1 in its last four contests after being edged in a 1-0 showdown with UC Davis on Saturday. Since topping No. 3 UC Irvine on Oct. 4, the Gauchos have been outscored 8-1 in their ensuing four matches.
Camera Ready: Despite the recent slump, the Gauchos look forward to playing their next three games at home, including a Saturday night showdown against rival Cal Poly in front of the Prime Ticket cameras. The last three crowds to witness the two rivals at Harder Stadium have exceeded 10,000 – 13,822 on Nov. 4, 2011, 13,467 on Oct. 19, 2012 and 12,805 on Nov. 9, 2013.
Home Is Where The Wins Are: UCSB is 5-1-1 at home this season, as opposed to a 1-5-1 mark in road and neutral games.
Need That First Goal: The Gauchos are 5-0-1 this season when scoring the first goal, but they are 1-6-1 when the opposition strikes first.