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DAVIS, Calif. -- Junior Matt Baringer finished with a goal and assist, while teammates Onah Power and Kyle Higgins each added first-half strikes, helping lift the UC Davis men's soccer team to a 3-1 victory over visiting San Francisco in sweltering conditions on Monday afternoon at the Aggie Soccer Field.
The Aggies showcased an offense that has scored five times in the first two matches of the season, improving to 1-1 overall on the year while putting 11 of their 16 attempts on frame against the Dons. USF, which pulled a goal back midway through the second half to break up the shutout bid, fell to 0-2 overall on the year.
Higgins wasted no time in getting his side on the board first, needing just seven-and-a-half minutes to give UC Davis a 1-0 lead. Baringer fed his teammate making a run into the box down the right side and the Montana native made it pay off, firing back to the left post for his first goal of the year.
An environmental science and management major, Higgins now has at least one goal in each of his four seasons as an Aggie and eight for his career, nearly adding a second score in the 55th minute on a point-blank volley off passes by Greg Salazar and Evan Barrett that was saved at the line.
Power then made it a two-goal advantage before the halftime horn on an unassisted strike with just over a minute to play in the period, stealing the ball in the defensive third, dribbling to the top of the box and sliding to his right before unleashing a shot back across to the left post for the economics major's first career goal.
Just as his teammate started of the match with a quick strike, Baringer did his best to one-up him, completing his three-point night with his second goal of the season just 10 seconds into the second half. Baringer, a managerial economics major and a two-time Big West Conference All-Academic Team selection, streaked past the Dons' defense to find himself 1-v-1 with the keeper.
Driving hard, Baringer unleashed a rocket that was stopped by Ruben Stuiver coming off his line, but the rebound couldn't be corralled as the Piedmont, Calif., native followed his own shot and put it home for a, 3-0, Aggie advantage.
San Francisco spoiled the shutout bid off a set piece in the 60th minute as Aaron Lombardi, who finished with a match-high six shot attempts, took advantage of a foul at the top of the box and buried a free kick opportunity from the right side for the Dons' only score of the match.
Sophomore goalkeeper Wallis Lapsley made a career-high six saves between the pipes for the Aggies en route to his first win of the year, while Stuiver finished with eight stops in the loss. UC Davis finished with a narrow, 16-15, edge in shots, while each team managed three corners on the day.
The Aggies return to the road to open the weekend, making the short trip to the Bay Area to take on San Jose State on Friday (Sept. 1) at 5 p.m., before opening a three-match homestand on Sunday (Sept. 3) against CSU Bakersfield at 4 p.m. -- the second half of a doubleheader with the UC Davis women's team, which takes on UNLV at 1 p.m.
San Francisco (0-2) vs. UC Davis (1-1)
Date: Aug 28, 2017 Attendance: 217
Weather: 108 degrees, no wind, 14% humidity
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
San Francisco....... 0 1 - 1
UC Davis............ 2 1 - 3
1. 7:30 UCD Higgins, Kyle (1) (Baringer, Matt) - short pass down right side, scored to the left post inside the 18
2. 43:19 UCD Power, Onah (1) (unassisted) - stole ball, dribbles to top, turns right, shot to left post
3. 45:10 UCD Baringer, Matt (2) (unassisted) - GK couldn't handle rebound, shot put back on rebound
4. 59:09 USF LOMBARDI, Aaron (unassisted) - free kick from right side top of box
Shots: San Francisco 15, UC Davis 16
Saves: San Francisco 8 (STUIVER, Ruben 8), UC Davis 6 (Lapsley, Wallis 6)