Junior Matt Wiesenfarth’s sixth goal of the year midway through the first half proved to be the game-winner, lifting the visiting UC Davis men’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory over host Sacramento State on Saturday.
With the win, the Aggies (8-8-3, 4-4-2 Big West) clinched a No. 2 seed and host role for the upcoming conference tournament. UCD will host UC Riverside in a first-round game on Tuesday (2 p.m.) at Aggie Soccer Field.
In Saturday’s first half, UCD dominated play to the tune of an 11-1 shot advantage, but all it would need was Wiesenfarth’s strike in the 35th minute. Matt Sheldon took the initial shot that was saved by Hornets goalkeeper Cesar Castillo, but the rebound was too much to handle. Kevin Schulte gathered the loose ball and fed it to Wiesenfarth, who finished into the open net for the only score of the match.
It was the third game-winning goal of the year and team-best 13th point of the season, for Weisnfarth, who prepped at Jesuit.
Already the Aggies’ career record-holder in saves, senior goalkeeper Omar Zeenni logged his fifth shutout of the season and the 18th clean sheet of his career in the victory, breaking Nic Platter’s school record and moving him into the Big West’s all-time top 10 in the category.
UCD women’s volleyball
Senior opposite Devon Damelio tallied 14 kills while senior setter Jenny Woolway picked up a team-leading 19 digs but the Aggies were unable to contain host UC Irvine’s attack after an initial 2-0 match lead, falling in a five sets, 22-25, 18-25, 25-16, 25-17, 15-9.
UCD (14-11, 6-6 Big West) also dropped a Friday match in four games (27-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-23) at Long Beach State.
On Saturday, Damelio also served up a pair of aces to go with her offensive output. Junior outside hitter Valerie Brain had an identical 14-6-40 attacking stat line as Damelio, while junior Mary Schroeder followed with 12 kills. Junior libero Megan Lancaster picked up 18 digs for the Aggies and freshman Allie Wegener posted another 13 digs along with two aces.
Schroeder had a career-best 20 kills on Friday.
UCD field hockey
Sophia Lisaius scored her career-high fourth goal of the season in the 46th minute to slice Longwood’s advantage in half during Saturday’s NorPac Tournament third-place game in Lynchburg, Va., but that was as close as the Aggies would come.
With the 2-1 loss, UCD (6-14, 3-3) finished fourth at the conference championships.
After a scoreless first half, Longwood scored two goals in the first seven minutes of the second half.
The Aggies responded three minutes later when Lisaius lit up the scoreboard by redirecting a long pass from Jamie Garcia into the lower left-hand corner of the cage.
UCD’s Cloey LemMon, who led the team with four shots, nearly scored the equalizer later in the half, but a heads-up save by a Lancers defender prevented the goal.
The Aggies won 10 of the 16 events and held off a late rally by host Nevada to edge the Wolf Pack, 151-149, on Saturday afternoon at the Lombardi Pool in Reno.
Sophomore Marissa Brown, junior Hilary Hunt, freshman Hilvy Cheung and senior Haley Porter, combined for eight of UCD’s 10 victories on the day, including Hunt’s season-best in the 100 backstroke (56.75) and Porter’s time of 24.24 in the 50 freestyle.
Hunt’s other win for the Aggies (4-0) came in the 200 back, while Porter touched first in the 100 free to complete her pair of victories. Brown captured the 1,000 free — in a 1-2 finish with Lexy Troup — and also won the 500 free.
Cheung sped past the competition to take first in both the 100 and 200 butterfly races.
UCD cross country
Sophomore Katie Ott led a pack of three Aggie women in the top 20 while sophomore Patrick Fitzgerald paced the men’s team by taking 20th place as UCD competed at the Doc Adams Open on Saturday at the Putah Creek Reserve Course.
Ott was the eighth collegian woman across the line on Saturday, finishing the 6K course in a time of 22:03 to place 12th overall. Behind her were Aggie freshmen Kayla Knapp (14th in 22:15), Clara MacLeod (16th, 22:27) and sisters Olivia and Rianna Goins in 21st and 22nd place. Sophomore Julia Yang (34th) and freshman Kaz Shidara (44th) rounded out the UCD lineup.
On the men’s side, Fitzgerald was the sixth collegian to cross, covering the 8K course in 25:21. Behind him for the Aggies were Miguel Aceves (31st in 25:44), Trevor Ehlenbach (36th in 25:48), Cody Nguyen (40th), Luke Dorman (45th), Austin Goins (46th) and Alex Grigoriev in 58th.
Registration for Davis Little League now is open online and runs through Jan. 15.
Current registration costs vary — depending on the division in which a child plays — ranging from $100 for T-ball to $280 for junior league. It must be noted that fees go up $30 for each level between Jan. 1-15.
A new Challenger Division for special-needs players has been added.
Kids 4 to 14 years of age are eligible for DLL. League officials require players 9 or older to attend on of the to-be-scheduled January skills-assessment days.
Folks interested in managing in the spring must register as a volunteer by Dec. 31, according to registrar Karen Yoon.
Only on-line registration is accepted. Visit www.davislittleleague.org to sign up or learn more.
DHS boys tennis
Boys in grades 9-12 who are interested in playing for the Blue Devil tennis team this spring, should attend an informational meeting on Wednesday 4 p.m. at bleachers next to the DHS courts.
For more information, contact Devil coach Dale Hersch at email@example.com.
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.
Interested athletes can attend an open house on Monday, Nov. 18 from 6 to 9 pm in the small conference room at the Stevens Branch Library , 315 E. 14th St.. The event will feature walk-in registration and a Q&A about the lacrosse program.
For more information or to register, visit www.davislax.org.
Davis Wildcats will present a two-day basketball camp for kids in second- through eighth-grade Sunday, Dec. 29 and Monday, Dec. 30 at Davis High.
The sessions will go from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and organizers say the camp is open to kids of all skill levels.
There is a registration early-bird special of $85. After Dec. 22, the cost is $100.
Registration can be completed online at www.davishoops.com, where parents can find additional information about the ongoing program and current team tryouts.