Teams: UC Davis at Pacific
Records: Aggies, 5-9 (1-4); Tigers 2-13 (1-5)
Where: Brookside Field – Stockton, Calif.
When: Saturday 1 p.m.
Who to watch: Freshman Cloey LemMon has found success against Pacific this season.
The Morgan Hill, Calif. native scored the sole regulation goal in the Aggies match with the Tigers and also found the cage in the teams’ preseason exhibition against Pacific.
Did you know? Pacific will be looking for their first home win of the season when they face the Aggies.
The Tigers lost their previous matches in Stockton to Stanford and California by the scores of 6-0 and 3-0, respectively.
Preview: Despite Pacific’s lack of home-field success this season, coach Vianney Campos believes the Aggies will face a significant challenge on Brookside Field.
“They bring a strong fan base with a lot of support and energy,” she said. “The way the field is set up, the fans are right on top of you. It plays a role in the way you communicate throughout the game.”
Campos also believes the fact that the teams have faced each other twice this season will have an effect on the contest.
“We have a comfortable understanding of the way they play,” she said. “We know their strengths and weaknesses.”
One of the weaknesses UC Davis hopes to exploit is Pacific’s lack of speed on the back line.
“We have more speed in our forwards than they have in their defense,” Campos said. “We need to get the ball to our forwards and find scoring opportunities.”
The Aggies will be looking to use any advantage they can get, as this match will determine the seeding for the NorPac Conference Tournament next week.
With a win, UC Davis would secure third place in the NorPac West Division, and a likely first round matchup with Longwood University.
An Aggie loss, however, could mean fourth place in the West and a probable game against East Division-leading Davidson.
“This game is huge for the conference standings,” Campos said. “Seeding always plays a big role in the NorPac Tournament, especially in the first round.”
– Trevor Cramer