Sept. 5, 2002
DAVIS, Calif. - Forward Kevin Bartel's goal in the 84th minute capped a two-goal spurt by Dominican University in a three-minute span as the Penguins battled back in the closing minutes to force a 2-2, double-overtime tie with UC Davis Thursday afternoon at Aggie Field.
With the tie the Aggies move to 2-0-1 on the season while Dominican goes to 0-2-1.
The Aggies held a 2-0 lead through the first 80 minutes of play before Dominican launched a spirited comeback. Jonathan Delano got things going in the 81st minute when he collected a rebound off Keethan Kitt's shot and put the ball past a diving Nic Platter to make the score 2-1. Just over three minutes later, Manuel Arias dribbled to the right side of the goal and sent a low pass through the box to an open Bartel, who was alone on the far side and buried the shot to even the score.
It would remain knotted through regulation and a non-eventful first overtime. In the second overtime, UC Davis had its chances as it outshot Dominican, 6-1. In the 105th minute, Ryan Shaw had a shot in front of the goal following a long pass from Jesse Swonetz, but Dominican goalkeeper Ben Millar made the save. Two minutes later Aggie defender Jeremy Warner found Derrick Thomas with a nice pass that Thomas launched from about 15 yards to the near post. Millar made another save, one of three in the final 10 minutes, to preserve the 2-2 tie.
UC Davis jumped out early as Swonetz found the back of the net in the 16th minute. He collected a rebound off Shaw's initial shot and beat Millar for the 1-0 lead. It marked Swonetz' second goal of the second. The score remained 1-0 through the first half despite UC Davis outshooting Dominican, 8-2. In the second half, the Aggies caught a break when on a Dominican goal kick, the defender tried to clear the ball out. The ball, however, deflected right off Shaw's knee past Millar for a 2-0 advantage. It marked Shaw's fourth goal in just three games this season. The score remained 2-0 until Dominican's late charge
UC Davis seemed to dominate play as for the game it outshot Dominican, 23-6, and held an 8-5 advantage in corner kicks. In goal, Platter recorded three saves on the afternoon while Millar made six saves.
"I thought we played good soccer for most of the day," said Aggie Head Coach Dwayne Shaffer. "We did some great things and had the 2-0 lead late, but I think the team relaxed too much and got selfish in its attack. We gave them an opportunity to get back in the game and their first goal gave them life.
"I'm disappointed that we didn't win, and so are our players, but we showed a lot of character today and battled hard."
UC Davis will next be in action on Sunday when it hosts Western Washington at noon at Aggie Field.