Teams: UC Davis vs. Detroit
Records: Aggies, (5-1); Titans (2-4)
Where: Aggie Stadium
When: 2 p.m.
Who to watch: Junior Gina Hoffmire had never scored more than four goals in one game in her collegiate career. That was before Saturday’s victory over Temple.
The Corte Madera, Calif. native scored seven goals in the Aggies triple-overtime 14-13 victory over the Owls. Her seventh goal was a game winner with 37 seconds in the third overtime.
Did you know? The Aggies 5-1 start is the best under coach Elaine Jones.
Preview: Unfamiliarity with a team can pose a problem.
The Aggies have never matched up against Detroit, a program that was formed just last year. Jones isn’t too worried about playing the Titans, however.
“We got some tape on Detroit and we’ll scout a couple of their games,” Jones said. “We’ll be more familiar with them than some of the teams we played on the past road trip.”
Jones said she’s excited to play a young program like Detroit, but isn’t going to take them lightly.
“We do not want to underestimate them at all,” Jones said. “That’s how you get burned.”
UC Davis is returning home from a three-game east coast swing in which the Aggies went 2-1. UC Davis came within one goal of a perfect 3-0 trip.
Despite not putting an emphasis on home or away games, Jones feels her team plays better at Aggie Stadium.
“The team just plays with more intensity at home,” Jones said. “I can tell they enjoy playing in front of their parents and fans.”
Saturday’s game will be UC Davis’ only home contest until Mountain Pacific Sports Federation rival Oregon travels to Davis on Apr. 18. The Aggies have played the Ducks for their season opener the past three years, so Jones is glad to see them later in the season.
“As the season progresses, the team’s level of play will only increase,” Jones said. “I know we’ll be able to compete against Oregon when the time comes.”
– Jason Alpert