Sports briefs: Late goals send Aggies past Highlanders

By From page B3 | October 25, 2013

RIVERSIDE — Host UC Riverside scored first in Thursday’s Big West Conference women’s soccer match, but UC Davis lit up the scoreboard after that as Kiele Argente and Lexi Poppoff scored back-to-back goals in the second half to lead the Aggies to a 2-1 win.

In addition to earning their third straight victory over the Highlanders (6-11-1, 3-4-0), it helped UCD head coach Maryclaire Robinson take one step closer to 200 wins. If the Aggies (5-7-3, 2-2-1) win on Sunday at Cal State Fullerton, Robinson will reach that milestone.

After her team trailed 1-0 at the half Thursday, Argente tied the match on her only shot of the evening, beating UCR goalkeeper Elizabeth Silas to her left. Poppoff earned her team-high third assist on the play, while Ashley Edwards also got an assist.

From that point on, the Aggies allowed only two Highlander shots, as they spent most of the rest of the contest pressuring the Riverside goal.

That persistence finally paid off in the 82nd minute when Poppoff scored her second goal of the season, off assists from Emily Irion and Ana Marija Sola.

UCD men’s basketball

Aggie junior guard Corey Hawkins was one of six players to earn a spot on the Big West Preseason Media All-Conference Team as released by the conference office Thursday, while UCD was picked to finish fifth, their highest preseason ranking since joining the league.

Made up of two seniors and four juniors from six different schools, Hawkins — who is the Big West’s defending scoring champion — is joined by Mike Caffey (Long Beach State), Will Davis II (UC Irvine), Chris Eversley (Cal Poly), Christian Stanhardinger (Hawaii) and Alan Wiliams (UC Santa Barbara) on the all-conference team. Every player, with the exception of Davis II, earned All-Big West first team honors last season.

The Aggies will host Menlo College in their lone exhibition game on Monday, Nov. 4 before officially opening the season on Friday, Nov. 8, at Portland.

UCD women’s basketball

The Aggies were picked to finish sixth in the Big West this season, while UCD junior forward Sydnee Fipps was an all-conference first team selection as the league released its 2013-14 preseason media poll.

Fipps, a first-team All-Big West selection as a sophomore last season, is joined on the preseason honor roll by UC Riverside’s Brittany Crain, Cal State Northridge’s Ashlee Guay, Hawaii’s Kamilah Jackson, Long Beach State’s Alex Sanchez and Cal Poly’s Molly Schlemer.

The Aggies open their schedule with a preseason game against Humboldt State on Friday, Nov. 1, at The Pavilion, before hosting USC in their regular-season opener on Friday, Nov. 8.

UCD men’s soccer

Redshirt freshman Dashiell MacNamara netted his second goal of the season to give the visiting Aggies the early lead, but a late equalizer by Cal Poly ended Tuesday’s Big West Conference matchup at Spanos Stadium in a 1-1 tie.

UCD (6-7-2, 2-3-1) and the Mustangs (9-4-1, 2-3-1) remained in a tie for second place in the Big West North Division.

For the eighth time this season, the Aggies jumped out to the early lead, breaking the scoreless deadlock when MacNamara found the back of the net in the 36th minute. UCD junior Ian Palmer started the play with a run down the right side, sending a ball toward MacNamara, who sent it home from 10 yards out.

However, Cal Poly’s leading scorer Mackenzie Pridham buried his 12th of the year in the 86th minute to force overtime.

The Aggies return to Aggie Soccer Field on Saturday with a 3 p.m. Senior Day contest against Causeway Cup rival Sacramento State.

Youth tennis league

Future Stars 2000’s, a nonpofit organization whose mission is to promote the growth of tennis in Northern California, is offering a Saturday Tennis League for children at the Woodland High School Tennis Courts.

The Saturday League play begins Nov. 2 and runs through Dec. 14 and Davis instructor Ann Pellow will run the league.

The program is for children ages 5 through 18, who will be separated by age and play on courts and with balls that are appropriate for their age group. Kids ages 5-8 will play from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m., followed by ages 9-12 from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. and a 10:15 a.m. to noon session for athletes ages 13 through 18.

The cost for the entire league is $60 for children ages 12 and under, and $120 for children 13 and over, but families who sign up a second sibling can receive a half-price discount for a second sibling.

For more information, call Pellow at 530-665-0816 or visit www.annpellow.usptapro.com and click on events to find a flyer.

Girls rugby meeting

Coming off a season that saw it take third in its division, the Davis girls’ rugby team is hoping for an expanded roster in 2014 and is now accepting registration.

Local girls who play on the team will be able to earn a varsity letter playing a sport that will be in the 2016 Olympic Games. There is no experience necessary to play and there is a spot on the team for everyone, regardless of prior athletic experience.

Girls in grades nine through 12, who attend school in the Davis Joint Unified School District are eligible to be on the team and an information night for players and parents is set for Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 7 to 8 pm at the Davis High School Library.

For more information about the team, www.ladydevilrugby.com.

Boys rugby meeting

After a successful return to existence last season, the Davis High Rugby Club, a boys team, is gearing up for another big year.

New head coach Andy Malpass invites all interested players and their parents to learn about the team at a meeting on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Davis High School library.

Competing in the Sacramento area, which is a national hot-bed for rugby, the local club will feature varsity and junior varsity squads, so players in grades nine through 12 are welcome.

Following a camp on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 1 to 3 p.m., team training will start in December and run three evenings a week.

The Davis Rugby Football Club is a nonprofit corporation so interested locals are invited to donate scholarships to the program. To donate or for more informational about the club, contact Malpass at 530-309-5763 or [email protected]

Spring lacrosse

Registration for Davis Lacrosse Association spring teams is open now and will close on Nov. 30.

Spots are available for boys and girls squads of multiple ages, but teams sizes are limited so early registration is encouraged. Practices begin in February and games will be played from March through May.

Registration costs $285-$425 per player and athletes must obtain their own equipment and sign up for U.S. Lacrosse, a $25 annual fee. Scholarship assistance is available.

For more information or to register, visit www.davislax.org.

Lacrosse tournament

The Yolo 7v7 Lacrosse Classic is set for Dec. 7 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Brown Stadium.

The tournament will feature U11, U13, U15, U17 and U19 competition and teams will match up in a seven-on-seven format (two attackers, two midfielders, two defenders and a goalie).

Squads from Sacramento and San Francisco are expected to participate, and the event will include food, clothing and equipment venders.

For more information, visit www.yololacrosse.com.

Davis Aquatic Masters

The Davis Aquatic Masters team is recruiting new members ages 18 and over who are interested in swimming in a coached workout environment. With 650 members, the local club is the second-largest masters swim team in the country.

DAM offers 10 one-hour workouts daily, two on Saturday and six additional hours of open swim on the weekend — all but one at the heated Civic Center Pool at Russell Boulevard and B Street. Workout participants are grouped by ability and, while the majority of DAM members swim for health and fitness, pool and open-water competitions are available.

Instruction comes from head coach Stu Kahn, who was voted USMS Swim Coach of the Year in 2012, along with his wife Mary and three other part-time coaches.

For swimmers who want to check out the club, DAM is offering the first three workouts for free. Parking and dressing room and shower facilities are also available.

For more information, visit www.damfast.org or contact [email protected] or [email protected]

UCD hoops clinic

The UC Davis basketball program is offering a two-day clinic for boys and girls in kindergarten through sixth grade on Dec. 22-23.

Interested athletes have the option to participate for a half-day, one day or two days.

The clinic will be limited to 60 participants, so families are urged to visit https://ucdavissportscamps.com/mensbasketball to sign up.

For more information, contact Aggie assistant basketball coach Kevin Nosek at 530-752-3501 or [email protected]

Enterprise staff

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