DAVIS, Calif. -- Junior Matt Baringer finished with a goal an assist as part of a three-goal first half, and host UC Davis held off a late charge from visiting Loyola Marymount, giving Head Coach Dwayne Shaffer his 200th Division I coaching victory with a, 3-2, win on Friday evening at the Aggie Soccer Field.
UC Davis, which put up multiple goals in a match for the fifth straight contest to start the season, won its second straight match to improve to 3-2 overall, remaining unbeaten (3-0) at home. Shaffer, now in his 21st season as head coach of the Aggies, improved to 200-167-51 (.539) in his Division I coaching career -- 193 of those wins coming at UC Davis -- and claimed win No. 252 in more than a quarter century as a head coach with the Aggies, Dayton, and Santa Rosa Junior College.
The Lions fell to 1-3-1 overall with the loss, getting a pair of goals from Alvaro Madrigal, but coming up just shy.
Baringer's team-best third goal of the season got the Aggies on the board quickly, converting on a penalty kick after teammate Roy Boateng was fouled in the air in the box on a shot attempt off a corner by Noah Wilson. Baringer stepped to the spot and calmly slotted home the goal to the right side for the 1-0 lead just 6:14 into match.
It took UC Davis only two more minutes to tack on a second score as Baringer threaded the needle to a streaking Kyle Higgins cutting in from the left side, driving to the goal and beating the goalkeeper one-on-one as the ball crossed the goal line just moments before the Lions could clear it, making it 2-0 after just eight minutes of play.
The two scores marked the third and fourth times this season that the Aggies have scored goals in the first 10 minutes, while the 1:48 between goals is the sixth-fastest margin between scores in the program's Division I era.
Senior Lizandro Torres then made it a seemingly insurmountable advantage with a third goal in the opening period in the 29th minute, as Miguel Acevedo fed Torres, who drove down the left side and fired back across the goal mouth, sneaking the ball inside the right post and in for his first goal of the season.
Four shots to end the half by the Lions came up empty as the Aggies held the lead at the break. UC Davis came out of halftime on a tear, as two shots by Baringer and another by Wilson in the first 13 minutes of the period forced Collin Partee into a pair of saves.
The Aggies' advantage lasted until the 75th minute when LMU was able to break up the shutout, taking advantage of a handball in the box for its first goal. Madrigal converted the penalty kick for his second goal of the season, and added a third with just 52 seconds remaining in regulation despite his team playing a man down, sneaking a free kick from 40 yards through traffic to the right post for the final 3-2 tally.
Baringer led all players with four shots on the day, putting three on goal to cap off his second three-point match of the season. Grant Sampson finished with three shots to lead Loyola Marymount.
UC Davis closes out the weekend on Sunday (Sept. 10) at 2 p.m., hosting San Diego at the Aggie Soccer Field. The Toreros posted a 2-0 win over Sacramento State on Friday in their first match of the weekend.
Loyola Marymount (1-3-1 Overall) vs. UC Davis (3-2 Overall)
Date: Sep 08, 2017 Attendance: 312
Weather: 89 deg.; 40% humidity; clear skies
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Loyola Marymount…. 0 2 - 2
UC Davis…………… 3 0 - 3
1. 6:14 UCD Baringer, Matt (3) Penalty kick
2. 8:02 UCD Higgins, Kyle (2) (Baringer, Matt) - drives in left side, crosses line before cleared by defender
3. 28:16 UCD Torres, Lizandro (1) (Acevedo, Miguel) - drive up the left side, shot to the right post
4. 74:33 LMU MADRIGAL, Alvaro (2) Penalty kick
5. 89:08 LMU MADRIGAL, Alvaro (3) (unassisted) - free kick from 40 yards
Shots: Loyola Marymount 13, UC Davis 13
Saves: Loyola Marymount 5 (PARTEE, Collin 5), UC Davis 4 (Lapsley, Wallis 4)
Match Notes: Head Coach Dwayne Shaffer win #200 in his Division I coaching career