Aug. 30, 2002
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Sophomore Ryan Shaw's goal midway through the second half proved to be the only scoring of the game as the 11th-ranked UC Davis Aggies opened their 2002 season with a 1-0 victory over Seattle University Friday night in the opening game of the 2002 Roadrunner Soccer Classic in Bakersfield.
Following a scoreless first half in which the Aggies managed just two shots, UC Davis midfielder Yuta Tanaka received a red card just nine minutes into the second period. The Aggies were then forced to play a man-down over the final 36 minutes of play.
With just under 19 minutes remaining in the game, senior Jared Ramsey sent a long ball over the top of the defense to forward Jesse Swonetz. Swonetz then flicked the ball to Shaw who carried it another 30 yards,, forcing a one-on-one confrontation with Seattle goalkeeper Brandon Sewell. Shaw put the ball in the back of the net for the game-winning goal. The Aggie defense then held on over the final 18 minutes to preserve the victory.
"Seattle University is an outstanding team," said Aggie Head Coach Dwayne Shaffer. "We played outstanding soccer all game and showed a tremendous amount of character and fight, especially playing a man down. It was just a great game."
For the game, UC Davis managed to take just three shots as the Redhawks held an 11-3 edge in that department. The win also avenged an opening-season loss to this same Seattle University team last season.
UC Davis will next be in action on Sunday when it faces Humboldt State in the second game of the Roadrunner Classic.