DAVIS, Calif. —
UC Davis senior political science major Justin Wright
and sophomore managerial economics major Nabi Kibunguchy
were honored by a pair of national teams of the week for their efforts in helping the Aggies earn a berth in the Big West Conference Tournament championship.
For the second time this season, Wright was named the College Soccer News National Team of the week, scoring the decisive goal in his team's, 3-2, victory over CSUN on the road in the opening round to kick off the league's postseason event. He becomes the fifth Big West player to be recognized by the outlet overall — including his teammate global disease biology major Wallis Lapsley
(Aug. 27) — and his second appearance after earning his first spot back on Oct. 1.
Half of Wright's points this season have come in the team's last six matches as the Los Angeles, Calif., native has scored twice and assisted on two other UC Davis scores. All but one of his points this season have come against Big West conference rivals as he ranks second on the team overall with 12 points, sharing the team lead with four goals and stands tied for second on the team with four assists.
Kibunguchy was one of nine honorable mention selections on the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week, returning to the lineup after nearly missing a month due to injury. The Elk Grove, Calif., native made an immediate impact in the midfield, contributing to a pair of shutouts in the team's last three matches, including a clean sheet against rival Sacramento State to clinch a tournament berth in his first match back and a scoreless draw with top-seeded, and Big West regular season champion UC Irvine, in the semifinals, playing all 110 minutes.
Unbeaten in their last four contests (3-0-1) and making their second straight appearance in the Big West Tournament championship match, the fifth-seeded Aggies (11-4-4 overall) return to Southern California to take on host and second-seeded UC Riverside (7-9-2 overall) for the title and automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament on Saturday (Nov. 10) at 7 p.m. at the UCR Soccer Stadium.
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, and among the top 10 public universities nationwide according to U.S. News and World Report, 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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