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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Editorial: UC Davis men’s soccer

The UC Davis men’s soccer team is the university’s first team to qualify for multiple NCAA Division I Tournaments and earn a home tournament game.

Now, it’s looking for another first.

If the Aggies knock off the Denver Pioneers at Aggie Soccer Stadium at 1 p.m. on Saturday, they’ll become the first UC Davis team to win a Division I tournament contest.

That’s what they’re planning to do.

“I expect us to dominate this game offensively,said senior Quincy Amarikwa, the Big West Conference’s Offensive Player of the Year.I expect us to impose our will on this team and make a statement in the tournament that if you match up against us, we are going to come to play.

Unlike regular season games in which students get in free, the Aggie faithful need to purchase tickets for $5 apiece at the Freeborn Hall ticket office.

To say pending $5 to witness this NCAA Tournament contest is worth the price of admission would be quite the understatement.

The men’s soccer program has become the cornerstone of UC Davis athletics, laying the groundwork for other Aggie teams to follow in its footsteps.

After becoming the school’s first team to earn a spot in a Division I tournament a season ago, men’s soccer has become a national power this season, having been ranked among the country’s top 15 teams since early October.

All of this comes in just UC Davissecond year on the Division I scene. What men’s soccer has accomplished in such a short period of time is nothing short of extraordinary. The team has set the bar for what UC Davis athletics could one day become across all sports.

If it’s not worth $5 to you to see this team push that bar even higher come Saturday, please transfer elsewhere.

At UC Davis, this team is worth it. 

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