Sports briefs: Big West soccer coaches have high hopes for UCD men

By From page B8 | August 22, 2014

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UCD's Matt Wiesenfarth — shown here at a recent preseason practice — was picked as an all-conference player while the Aggies were predicted to finish second in the Big West North in a vote by the league coaches. Sue Cockrell/Enterprise file photo

The UC Davis men’s soccer team was picked to finish second in the Big West Conference North Division, and fourth overall, while seniors Ramon Martin Del Campo and Matt Wiesenfarth were preseason all-league selections according to a Thursday announcement.

The Aggies finished with 20 points, standing behind only unanimous selection UC Santa Barbara — which received all eight first-place votes and 32 points overall to top the table — in the North. Cal Poly, with 19 points, was picked third in the division, followed by Sacramento State with nine points.

CSUN led the way in the Big West South Division with six first-place votes and 30 points, followed by UC Irvine, which earned a pair of first-place nods and 24 points in second.

UCD was one of three teams with multiple players on the preseason all-conference squad. Wiesenfarth was a second-team All-Big West selection as a junior, finishing tied for the Aggie lead with six goals, while defender Martin Del Campo, who spent a week this summer training with the United States U23 Men’s National Team, was an all-conference honorable mention selection in 2013.

An exhibition game against Chico State on Sunday (noon) will give UCD fans a chance to see the 2014 Aggies, who will start their regular season on Aug. 29 at the Bert and Iris Wolstein Classic hosted by Ohio State.

UCD men’s tennis

Coming off of a strong season, the Aggies will test themselves with an ultra-challenging 2014-15 schedule which includes three NCAA Tournament teams and four that were ranked among the nation’s best at the end of the year.

“This is, perhaps, the most difficult Division I schedule that this program has ever faced,” said UCD coach Eric Steidlmayer. “We have scheduled some of the strongest teams in the country and they will provide a valuable measure of where we are at as a program.”

Following a fall season that will see them participate in a quartet of tournaments, including their own Aggie Invitational on Oct. 3-5 at the Marya Welch Tennis Center, the Aggies open with four of their first five spring contests on the road, including matches at Pac-12 powers Stanford (Jan. 13) and California (Jan. 19).

The Cardinal finished last season ranked No. 32 in the nation, falling in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, while the Golden Bears ended as the No. 16 team in the country, posting victories over Texas Tech and Texas A&M before falling to Texas in the third round of  tennis’ Big Dance..

Other ranked opponents from last season include No. 56 Santa Clara, which will host UCD on Jan. 31, and No. 67  Nevada, which plays in Davis on Feb. 8.

A Jan. 17 match against Pacific is the Aggies’ home opener, with Big West play beginning March 26 at Hawaii. The conference slate includes defending Big West champion and NCAA Tournament participant Cal Poly on April 10 at home.

“The run through the Big West schedule will, once again, be a challenge from top to bottom,” Steidlmayer said. “We finished fourth in the league last season, which was our best since joining the league, and it will be a battle for the top spot right up to the conference championships.”

Little League fall ball

Registration is now open for the Davis Little League Fall baseball season, which costs $95 if players are signed up before Aug. 24. Beginning that day, and through the end of registration on Sept. 1, the cost is $125.

DLL offers AA through Juniors teams in the fall so players should be between seven- and 14-years-old by April 30, 2015.

For more information, visit http://davislittleleague.org/index.php.

Enterprise staff

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