Teams: UC Davis vs. Louisville
Records: Aggies, 6-11; Cardinals, 9-6
Where: Aggie Stadium
When: Saturday at noon
Who to watch: Saturday’s contest with the Cardinals will serve as the Senior Day sendoff for defender Eri Ichikawa and attacker Patrice Clark.
Ichikawa has been a stalwart for the Aggies. A four-year starter, Ichikawa made the move to defense after her sophomore year.
Clark, meanwhile, has scored 23 goals this season, giving her three seasons with 20 or more goals in her UC Davis career.
Did you know? This will be the second year in a row that the Aggies and Cardinals face off. Last season, Louisville sprinted to a 20-13 home win over UC Davis on Apr. 14.
Preview: Generally, it’s a tough matchup when an East Coast school comes out west.
“On the East Coast, they start when they’re so young and they put so much money into it,” said Ichikawa. “We have plenty of girls from the East Coast, too.“
Seven players on the UC Davis roster are from back east. All 27 Cardinals on the Louisville roster, though, are from the eastern seaboard.
The Cardinals‘ attack features four players that have netted 30 goals or more this season. Sophomore Bergan Foley paces the team having found the back of the net 49 times.
UC Davis is coming off a fourth-place finish at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship in Palo Alto. The Aggies upset Denver before being eliminated by Stanford in the semifinals.
– John S. Heller