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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Women’s soccer preview

Teams: UC Davis at Long Beach State; UC Irvine

Records: Aggies, 5-2-2; 49ers, 6-3-2; Anteaters, 6-5-0

Where: George Allen FieldLong Beach; Anteater StadiumIrvine

When: Today at 3 p.m.; Sunday at noon

Who to watch: Sophomore midfielder Samantha Faber picked the perfect time to score her third goal of the season on Sunday.

A Moraga, Calif. native, Faber netted the game-winner with just over two minutes to play to give UC Davis a 2-1 victory over Nevada.

Did you know? The Aggies may have been picked to finish last in the Big West Conference, but they sure aren’t playing like it.

UC Davis5-2-2 preseason record was the best of any Big West team. This accomplishment is no small feat, as eight of the conference’s nine teams were .500 or better in non-conference play.

Preview: The Aggies and their early season accomplishments will be put to the test this weekend in Southern California.

UC Davisfirst obstacle comes courtesy of Long Beach State. The 49ers are no stranger to Big West success, having won the past two conference regular season titles. Long Beach’s .636 winning percentage trails only UC Davis (.667) this season.

The 49ers are led by sophomores Lindsay Bullock and Kristen Kiefer, who have scored seven and five goals, respectively.

The Aggies then travel to Irvine to face an upstart Anteaters squad. UC Irvine was just 3-13-1 last season, and lost each of its seven Big West contests.

The Anteaters have been hot as of late, winning five of their past six games.

UC Davis, however, is riding a hot streak of its own. The Aggies haven’t lost since Aug. 31, and have won each of their past four games.


Adam Loberstein


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