2018 Roy Boateng at CSUN in the Big West Tournament
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Men's Soccer Jason Spencer, Assistant Director

Semifinals pits Aggies against top-seeded ‘Eaters

UC Davis making its seventh appearance in the Big West Tournament semifinals in 11 seasons

THIS WEEK…
BIG WEST CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT SEMIFINALS
#5 UC Davis (11-4-3, 3-3-1) at #1 UC Irvine (11-5-2, 5-1-1)

Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 | 7:00 p.m. | Anteater Stadium | Irvine, Calif.

OPENING WHISTLE: Following a thrilling opening round victory on the road at CSUN to open the postseason, the UC Davis men's soccer team continues its quest for a Big West Conference Tournament title on Saturday (Nov. 3), taking on top-seeded and host UC Irvine in a semifinal clash at Anteater Stadium at 7 p.m., in Orange County.

Complete Big West Tournament Schedule
Wednesday, Oct. 31
#5 UC Davis 3, at #4 CSUN 2
#6 Cal State Fullerton 1, at #3 UC Santa Barbara 1 (CSF advances 5-3 on penalties)

Saturday, Nov. 3
UC Davis at #1 UC Irvine, 7 p.m.
Cal State Fullerton at #2 UC Riverside, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 10
Championship Match, Home of the Higher Seed, Time TBA

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IN THE POLLS: UC Irvine is receiving votes in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll released on Oct. 30, while standing No. 19 in the nation according to Top Drawer Soccer and No. 26 in the nation according to College Soccer News… UC Davis is unranked nationally… The Anteaters are ranked No. 4 in the far west region according to United Soccer Coaches, while the Aggies are ranked No. 6 in the region.

AGGIES IN THE BIG WEST TOURNAMENT: The 2018 season marks the Aggies' eighth straight appearance in the Big West Tournament and the program's ninth overall in 12 years, last missing the field in 2010… UC Davis is the only Big West program to qualify for the Big West Tournament in each of the last eight years… The Aggies are 5-6-2 all-time in the league's postseason event, defeating CSUN by a 3-2 score in this year's opening round… UC Davis is just 2-4-1 on the road in Big West Tournament play, posting its two wins against CSUN in 2015 (2-1 in OT) and 2018 (3-2)... The Aggies have faced five of the league's seven current members in tournament play: CSUN (2-2), UC Riverside (1-0), Cal State Fullerton (1-1-2), UC Santa Barbara (0-2), and UC Irvine (0-2).

2008 - at UC Irvine (L, 1-0)
2011 - at UC Santa Barbara (L, 2-1)
2012 - vs. Cal State Fullerton (W, 2-0); vs. CSUN (L, 1-0)
2013 - vs. UC Riverside (W, 3-1); at UC Irvine (L, 2-0)
2014 - vs. Cal State Fullerton (L, 2-1)
2015 - at CSUN (W, 2-1 in OT); at UC Santa Barbara (L, 1-0)
2016 - at Cal State Fullerton (T, 1-1… fall 5-3 on PK's)
2017 - vs. CSUN (W, 4-2); vs. Cal State Fullerton (T, 0-0… fall 4-3 on PK's)
2018 - at CSUN (W, 3-2)

ABOUT THE ANTEATERS: Champions of the Big West Conference regular season, UC Irvine enters the tournament with an 11-5-2 overall record, earning a first-round bye after ending the year with a 5-1-1 mark in league play… The Anteaters were picked to finish fifth by the coaches in the conference's preseason poll… UCI is 6-1-1 at home this season, going unbeaten in its last seven since losing its home opener against Utah Valley back on Aug. 31… The Anteaters have gone to overtime seven times this season, posting a 4-1-2 mark in those matches… Big West Offensive Player of the Year, Ivan Canales, leads the way with 10 goals and five assists for 25 points, while Jose Ortiz (8 goals, 3 assists) and Alvaro Quezada (5 goals, 6 assists) are also in double figures with 19 and 16 points, respectively… Goalkeeper Greg Patenaude has played all but 45 minutes in net, posting a 1.08 goals against average and 64 saves to go along with five shutouts.

SERIES NOTES: The series between UC Davis and UC Irvine is tied at 10-10-3 according to records that date back to 1992 after the Anteaters posted a 2-1 victory over the Aggies in Northern California back on Oct. 10… Irvine's win snapped a three-match losing streak in the series… UC Davis is just 5-7-2 on the road against UCI, posting a 3-2 win over the Anteaters in the last meeting in Orange County back in 2016, but the Aggies have won four of their last six trips to Irvine… Eight of the all-time meetings have ended in overtime, with the Aggies holding a 4-1-3 advantage in those matches, including three straight wins and a seven-match unbeaten run in extra time against UCI.

BOATENG TOP DEFENDER (AGAIN) AS SEVEN AGGIES HONORED: Senior managerial economics major Roy Boateng became only the third player in Big West history to repeat at the league's defensive player of the year, headling a list of seven Aggies named to the league's postseason honor roll as selected by the coaches. Also earning his second consecutive Big West first team honor and becoming the first Aggie to be named to the first team in multiple seasons, Boateng was joined on the All-Big West squad by second-team honorees in sociology major Adam Mickelson and political science major Justin Wright, honorable mention selections in history major Brian Quintero and global disease biology major Wallis Lapsley, and a pair of all-freshman team choices in neurobiology, physiology, and behavior major Robert Mejia and managerial economics major Andy Velasquez. Read the complete release here: https://ucdavisaggies.com/news/2018/10/30/mens-soccer-boateng-top-defender-again-as-seven-aggies-honored.aspx.

AGGIE TWITTER NOTES…
• UC Davis is in the semifinals of the Big West Tournament for the seventh time in 11 seasons, but are just 2-4 in its previous six trips
• The Aggies counter the Anteaters' 6-1-1 home mark with a 7-2-2 record on the road this season — the most wins away from home for UC Davis since 2001 (7-4) and trailing only the 1999 squad (9-1-1) for the most dating back to 1994
• Meeting for the third time in the Big West Tournament, the Aggies are looking for their first win — and first goal — against the Anteaters in the league's postseason event following losses in 2008 (1-0) and 2013 (2-0)
• UC Davis' 10 one-goal decisions this season rank tied for second in the league (CSUN with 12), posting a league-best seven wins overall in such matches
• Saturday's match pits the top two Big West teams in the latest NCAA RPI released on Oct. 29 as No. 18 UC Irvine hosts No. 42 UC Davis
• The 11 victories this season match last year's win total — tied for the third-most in the program's Division I history — and give the program back-to-back 10-win seasons for the first time since 2007 (12 wins) and 2008 (13)
• Wednesday's win at CSUN extended the Aggies' winning streak to three — the second time this season (Aug. 31-Sept. 7) that UC Davis has won that many in a row
• As it stands, the four defeats would also be tied for the fewest in the Division I history of the program, matching the 2014 squad that finished 7-4-9 overall, and tied for the third-fewest in the last three decades, standing just one shy of 1991 and 1999 squads which dropped only three matches
• Junior sociology major Adam Mickelson's 13 career assists rank tied for fourth among active Big West leaders, while his 29 career points rank tied for seventh
• Junior global disease biology major Wallis Lapsley's 138 career saves rank tied for second among active Big West leaders, while his 22 wins lead the pack and 10 shutouts also stand second
• Lapsley's three saves in the opening round against CSUN give him 72 for the year, breaking Omar Zeenni's single-season program Division I record of 69 set in 2012
• Lapsley, who is one of four goalkeepers with more than 100 saves in the program's Division I history, moved into seventh place on the all-time saves list with 138, passing Armando Quezada (2012-16) and standing just 20 back of Jason Pitts (1994-97) for sixth
• The 138 saves also places Lapsley third on the career Division I list, passing Quezada and moving him 28 back of Ryan McCowan (2007-10) for second
• With his game-winner on Wednesday at CSUN, senior political science major Justin Wright now has a point in six of the team's last nine contests
• Wright's 12 points on four goals and four assists are a career high after the Los Angeles native hadn't scored more than four points in a season in his three previous years
• Sophomore managerial economics major Jacob Rudolph tallied two assists in the win over CSUN, giving him three helpers in the last three matches
• The two assist performance by Rudolph is the first by an Aggie this season and the first since Onah Power did so against UC Santa Barbara on Oct. 21 last season
• UC Davis has now scored 21 times (out of 29 overall) in the second half or later this season
• With his game-winner against Fullerton on Oct. 20, freshman neurobiology, physiology, and behavior major Robert Mejia tallied his 10th point of the season, moving him into second place on the freshman single-season scoring list in the program's Division I history, trailing only Matt Wiesenfarth and his 13 points (5 goals, 3 assists) in 2011

WHERE THEY RANK… NCAA (Top 100 as of Oct. 29)
• LAPSLEY: shutouts (26th); goals against average (29th); save percentage (7th); saves per game (53rd); saves (18th); minutes played (19th)
• MICKELSON: assists per game (87th); assists (50th)
• TEAM: scoring offense (79th); goals (56th); goals against average (33rd); shutout percentage (57th); winning percentage (34th); shot accuracy (67th); assists per game (58th); saves per game (50th); points per game (74th); save percentage (9th); assists (46th); points (52nd); shots per game (69th); shots on goal per game (62nd).

WHERE THEY RANK… BIG WEST (as of Oct. 29)
• MICKELSON: shots (10th); points (t7th); points per game (t10th); assists (t1st); assists per game (t1st)
• MEJIA: points per game (9th); assists (t6th); assists per game (t3rd); game-winning goals (t3rd)
• WRIGHT: assists (t6th); assists per game (t9th); game-winning goals (t3rd)
• TIPTON: game-winning goals (t3rd)
• LAPSLEY: goals against average (2nd); save percentage (1st); saves (2nd); saves per game (3rd); shutouts (t2nd); shutouts per game (3rd)
• TEAM: shots (3rd); points (3rd); goals (3rd); goals per game (3rd); assists (3rd); assists per game (3rd); goals allowed (2nd); goals against average (2nd); saves (t2nd); shutouts (t3rd); fouls (3rd); corners (4th); offsides (7th).
 

ABOUT UC DAVIS
Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley. The No. 5-ranked public university in the nation according to the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education, UC Davis offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation's best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and plant and animal programs.

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