SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Kevin Schulte scored his first goal of the season to give the UC Davis men's soccer team a lead in the first half and, after two unanswered goals by the University of San Francisco, Ramon Martin Del Campo put away the equalizer in the 86th minute as the Aggies and Dons finished in a 2-2 draw on Thursday at Negoesco Stadium in San Francisco.
The late goal keeps UC Davis' five-game unbeaten streak alive as the Aggies move to 1-0-4 on the year. With four consecutive draws, UC Davis matches a program record for most ties in a single season, needing just one more to set a new mark. The feat also occurred in 2011, 2008 and 2003.
USF now stands at 1-1-1.
"I'm happy with the performance of our team and thought we did really well," said head coach Dwayne Shaffer. "We're getting better every day and just need to get a win under our belts, because we certainly deserve one after all of these ties. Now we'll focus on Sunday's big game against Central Florida. We'll be back on our own home turf and we're looking forward to having our fans cheering us on and watching us play."
Despite just five shots from USF and two shots from UC Davis, the teams combined for three goals as the Dons took a 2-1 lead into halftime. It was Schulte, however, who gave the Aggies the early advantage, scoring off an assist from Matt Sheldon. Sheldon received a ball on the side of the penalty box and crossed it in with his left foot. Schulte made a move to get around his defender and slotted the ball home to put UC Davis up 1-0.
Just three minutes later, however, USF knotted it up at one goal apiece after David Romney combined with Taylor Krueger and Joshua Smith for his first goal of the season. Krueger's corner kick was deflected by Smith and fell to Romney who scored past Aggie goalkeeper Omar Zeenni.
The Dons then took a 2-1 lead, scoring in the exact same fashion. Another corner kick from Krueger found Romney who headed it home for USF in the 43rd minute.
"It was our game until that point," said Shaffer. "We played really good soccer and had scored a nice goal. USF got better mentally after that and we just kept fighting through it. In the second half, we were the much better team and created some really nice opportunities. We kept pressing and then were able to get one in."
UC Davis put up nine shots on the Dons defense and goalkeeper Brendan Roslund in the second half, but Martin Del Campo's goal wouldn't fall until the 86th minute.
After a corner kick from Matt Wiesenfarth, Brian Ford collected the ball and sent a low, hard ball across the face of the goal. Martin Del Campo ran onto it and one-touched it into the back of the net to tie the game at 2-2.
Zeenni denied USF on its final attempt of the game, making a save in the 106th minute to preserve the draw. The junior finished with four saves.
Wiesenfarth led UC Davis with four shots, two of which were on goal, as the Aggies combined for 15 total attempts and landed seven on frame. For USF, Romney had four shots while Miguel Aguilar finished with three shots.
UC Davis returns to Aggie Soccer Field on Sunday to take on the University of Central Florida. The game begins at 4 p.m. as part of a doubleheader with the women's team.