Manella Keeps Aggie Streak Alive with OT Goal

Eddie Manella totaled six shots against Oregon State on Friday. (Wayne Tilcock)

Sept. 9, 2011

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DAVIS, Calif. - Four minutes into the second overtime period, freshman midfielder Eddie Manella's low shot to the left corner bounced past Oregon State goalkeeper Steve Spangler and into the net, giving UC Davis men's soccer a 1-0 victory over the Beavers at Aggie Soccer Field in Davis.

UC Davis improves to 2-1-1 overall on the year and remain unbeaten for the third consecutive game. Friday's match also marked the third time the Aggies have needed extra periods in as many games.

Oregon State drops to 0-3-1 on the year.

"We did everything we needed to do to score a goal and win the game," said head coach Dwayne Shaffer. "We're working hard and the team is creating opportunities and the toughest part of the game is finishing. If we keep playing like we did today, we're going to be dangerous and we'll compete with everybody and we'll get some good results."

UC Davis dominated the second overtime period offensively when Manella and Alex Aguiar each nearly had the gamewinner less than a minute in. Manella hit a hard shot right at Spangler, but the Oregon State goalkeeper could only deflect the shot. On the rebound, Aguiar's follow-up shot was touched by Spangler, then hit the post before going out of bounds.

On the ensuing corner kick, Lance Patterson collected the ball in the middle of the field, took a few touches, then had his shot attempt blocked by an Oregon State defender.

In the 104th minute, Manella sealed UC Davis' win. Mustafa Chopan made a small pass across the middle to the waiting Manella who mistouched the ball, then regrouped and found himself with an open look at the goal. He launched a shot from about 15 yards out, and it rolled past Spangler and into the bottom left corner for the golden goal victory.



The teams remained even throughout regulation and battled through high temperatures to a scoreless draw at halftime.

The offensive intensity grew throughout the second half, culminating in a red card for Oregon State's Michael Lamb in the 77th minute. Lamb put his hand out to stop what seemed to be a sure goal by UC Davis' Matt Sheldon, but was sent off and UC Davis was awarded a penalty kick. John Joslin's attempt missed, however, as Spangler reached out to make a diving save.

UC Davis outshot Oregon State by a 24-7 margin and won four corner kicks.

Manella finished with six shots while Sheldon, Alex Henry and Aguiar each posted three attempts.

For Oregon State, Emery Welshman led with three shots while four other players each attempted a shot.

Omar Zeenni made three saves in 104-plus minutes in the net while Spangler was credited with six saves.

UC Davis returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 11 when the Aggies host Cal State Bakersfield at 4 p.m. at Aggie Soccer Field.