After defeating Cal State Fullerton and UC Santa Barbara last weekend, the UC Davis men’s soccer program saw a spike in its national exposure.
Along with being named Big West Conference Player of the Week, senior forward Quincy Amarikwa was named College Soccer News National Player of the Week after scoring three goals in two games, including both of the Aggies‘ goals against the Gauchos in Saturday’s 2-0 win.
UC Davis also saw its national ranking leap to No. 7 in the Soccer America poll and was named the top team in the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) Far West rankings.
The team will next hit the field on Wednesday at Aggie Soccer Stadium when it hosts Cal State Fullerton.
Jenna Kappel began her senior year by leading by example.
Last weekend at the SMC Invitational, the Honolulu, Hawaii native defeated Washington’s Lauren Summers 6-4, 1-6, 1-0 (10-8) on Saturday in the semifinals of the blue singles consolation draw.
With the victory, she became the lone Aggie to advance to the third day of competition, where she fell to Kimi Cox 6-1, 6-0.
In all, 10 UC Davis players traveled to Moraga for the tournament, which began Friday. The first day featured a total of nine combined victories in singles and doubles, including three by Jessica Harris. The senior was undefeated for the day, winning once in singles and twice in doubles while partnering with Kappel.
UC Davis‘ two freshmen were both victorious in their collegiate debuts. Dahra Zamudio defeated Portland’s Stefanie Doolitle 6-1, 6-4 while Noelle Eades won 6-2, 6-3 over Nevada’s Shannon Cassidy.
On Saturday, Harris won her first match of the day before Saint Mary’s Erin Young ended her tournament run in the white singles main draw semifinals, 6-2, 6-2. Kappel picked up UC Davis‘ other two Saturday wins to advance to the Sunday final.
The Aggies will conclude fall play this weekend at the ITA Northwest Championships in Stanford.