Teams: UC Davis at Central Connecticut State; at Temple; at Detroit
Records: Aggies 2-1; Blue Devils 1-0; Owls 1-1;
Where: Arute Field – New Britain, Conn.; Geasy Field – Philadelphia, Penn.; Titan Field – Detroit, Mich.
When: Wednesday at noon; Friday at noon; Sunday at 8 a.m.
Who to watch: Freshman Meghan Jordan has stepped in and had an immediate impact on the UC Davis team.
Jordan has started all three of the Aggies’ games this season, scoring four goals and adding an assist. The Lake Oswego, Ore. native also leads the team with 13 draw controls.
Coach Elaine Jones says Jordan’s success has stemmed from her poise.
“She has a really positive outlook on things,” Jones said. “She doesn’t get down on herself often, and when she does she gets past it quickly. She has done a solid job for us.”
Did you know? Senior Christina Corsa was named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week for her efforts in last Saturday’s win over Saint Mary’s. Corsa tallied four goals and six assists in the contest.
This is the second time Corsa has received conference player of the week honors. She was also given the award in February of last season.
Preview: UC Davis may be traveling across the country for a three-game road swing, but its focus this week has remained entirely on itself.
With only a few days to prepare for the trio of opponents, Jones said the Aggies won’t be able to worry about the squads they are facing.
“We don’t have tape on any of these teams,” she said. “We’re just trying to do what we do best and worry about our game.”
Still, UC Davis may not have much to improve on this week.
The Aggies are coming off two blowout victories – scoring 21 goals in each game.
Despite the high scoring numbers, Jones said her team cannot count on finding the net 21 times every game. She said the number of goals is not important as long as her team gets the win.
Jones also believes that UC Davis will need to be firing on all cylinders to get wins this week.
“We expect tough battles,” she said. “All the teams [we will face] are aggressive and well conditioned just like us. It will be a challenge.”
With three road matches in five days, many coaches would be worried about their team’s stamina.
Jones, however, believes that the Aggies’ experience will help them get through the rough stretch of games.
“It’s nothing we haven’t done before,” Jones said. “It’s mentally and physically demanding, but that’s what they’re prepared for. They know what’s ahead.”
– Trevor Cramer