Teams: UC Davis vs. No. 3 UC Santa Barbara; at Cal State Fullerton
Records: Aggies, 5-8-0 (2-2-0); Gauchos, 9-2-1 (3-0-0) Titans, 6-5-1 (2-2-0)
Where: Aggie Stadium; Titan Stadium – Fullerton, Calif.
When: Thursday at noon; Saturday at 7 p.m.
Who to watch: Saturday against the Titans, Rene Cuellar broke out of his scoring drought.
The sophomore from Chico scored his first goal as an Aggie in the second game of the 2009 campaign. He found the back of the net, though, on Saturday to break the scoring drought.
Cuellar will look to exploit the Titans for more scores when the two teams face off Saturday in Fullerton.
Did you know? Games between UC Davis and UCSB are notoriously physical. Two seasons ago, when the two teams played in Santa Barbara, the game broke out into fisticuffs and a total of four red cards were handed out. The Aggies were able to hold on for an overtime tie despite being the lesser of a seven-on-nine.
Preview: UC Davis will look to make amends for the tough loss at home to Cal State Fullerton. Though the two teams have the same record in Big West Conference play, the Titans are ranked higher because of their non-conference record.
The Aggies need to make amends for their home loss with a win on the road to keep their Big West and NCAA Tournament hopes alive.
It will be important for the Aggies to score first in Saturday’s 7 p.m. kickoff from Fullerton. The Titans went up early on the Aggies in Davis. Though UC Davis had a response for both Cal State Fullerton goals in regular time, they were unable to respond to the Titans golden goal in double overtime.
Look for the Aggies to keep the tempo up early, with pressure from the likes of Cuellar and captain Paul Marcoux.
– John S. Heller