Teams: UC Davis vs. Bryant
Records: Aggies, (5-1); Bulldogs, (1-3)
Where: Aggie Stadium
When: Friday at 3 p.m.
Who to watch: Senior Gina Hoffmire is the most dominating offensive force in the nation.
The Corte Madera, Calif. native leads the country in offensive points with 35. The midfielder has tallied 25 goals and 10 assists on the young season.
Hoffmire has a two-point cushion over Navy’s Jasmine DePompeo who is second in the nation.
Did you know? Friday’s match will be the Aggies’ last home game for almost a month. UC Davis’ next official home game will be a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match against Denver on April 10.
Preview: While the season started off auspiciously with a loss to California, UC Davis has turned the tide as of late.
The Aggies have won five straight, including three games on an east coast road trip this past weekend.
Coach Elaine Jones was happy with her team’s performance on the swing.
“I was pleased with our team’s performance,” Jones said. “It’s not easy to play three games on the road. So I was really excited with the three wins.”
Jones went so far to say UC Davis’ come-from-behind win over Temple on Saturday was one of its best wins on the young season.
Jones also said the team’s camaraderie has played to its advantage all year.
“Right now, I’d say the biggest thing is that our teamwork is working well,” the coach said. “I think that’s a big strength. It’s nice that different people have stepped up at different times.”
The Aggies will try to use its chemistry in Friday’s match against Bryant. The Bulldogs have lost three straight, but that doesn’t mean UC Davis will look past them.
The Aggies will rely on its potent offense to plow past the Bulldogs. UC Davis ranks first in the nation in total points with 156 (108 goals, 48 assists) and scoring offense with 18.0 goals per game.
– Jason Alpert