Five NCAA Tournament teams from a season ago — including a pair of programs that reached the third round — highlight the UC Davis men’s soccer team’s 20-game regular season schedule for the 2019 season Head Coach Dwayne Shaffer announced Wednesday.
The United States Air Force Academy (Sept. 8) and Saint Mary’s (Sept. 26) each reached the third round of last year’s NCAA Tournament, and are joined by postseason participants Pacific (Sept. 19) and UC Irvine (Oct. 16), which both reached the second round, and reigning Big West Conference Tournament champion UC Riverside (Oct. 19), which fell in the opening round.
Following a pair of exhibitions to open the season at Santa Clara (Aug. 21) and at home against Chico State (Aug. 25), the chances to catch the Aggies, including forward and Cosumnes Oaks High School alum Nabi Kibunguchy, will be few and far between for fans as they host only six home contests during the regular season at Aggie Soccer Field.
The six home matches are the fewest in the program’s Division I history and the fewest since the 2004 season when UC Davis played at home only five times.
After opening the 2018 campaign with a pair of matches in Nebraska, the Aggies head north to the “Badger State” to kickoff the 2019 slate, officially opening the year at Wisconsin (Aug. 30) and Marquette (Sept. 1). The next week, CSU Bakersfield (Sept. 6) and Air Force (Sept. 8) pay a visit to Northern California for the only two non-conference home matches of the season before UC Davis, which was 7-2-4 on the road in 2018, embarks on a run of eight straight matches away from home that includes the Big West opener.
A Southern California swing on Sept. 13 and 15 sees the Aggies make stops at San Diego and Loyola Marymount, respectively, before returning to Northern California for a trio of “local” contests at Pacific (Sept. 19), San Jose State (Sept. 21), and Saint Mary’s (Sept. 26).
UC Davis makes a brief run north to take on Oregon State (Sept. 29) in Corvallis for the second consecutive season before making the short jaunt across the Causeway for the first of two meetings with rival Sacramento State (Oct. 5) in a non-conference affair.