DAVIS, Calif. - Pat Reese scored his team-leading second goal of the season in the 20th minute to give the UC Davis men's soccer team a 1-0 lead, but UCF scored all three of its goals in the final 20 minutes of play to claim a 3-1 win on Sunday at Aggie Soccer Field in Davis.
UC Davis moves to 1-1-4 on the year after recording its first loss of the season while UCF improves to 2-2.
Eric Budniewski started out the play that led to Reese's goal, making a run through down the right side of the field before cutting across the middle. As Ryan Gross made a run down the wing, Budniewski slotted a ball in between two UCF defenders to find Gross, who moved around the defense to receive the pass. Gross then sent a cross into the penalty area and found a waiting Reese who one touched the ball past Knights goalkeeper Sebastian Evers and into the back of the net.
After scoring the goal, UC Davis continued to dominate the offense throughout the first half while shutting down UCF on the other end of the field. The Aggies put up six first-half shots while allowing the Knights to make only two attempts before taking a 1-0 lead into halftime.
UC Davis' defense continued to preserve the shutout through the second half, warding off a shot by Jeff Michaud and three UCF corner kicks, but the Knights put away the equalizer in the 70th minute when McKauly Tulloch received a through pass from Deshorn Brown and put away a shot from six yards out.
From there the Aggies continued to work against the Knights' offense, but found themselves at a disadvantage after Ramon Martin Del Campo was shown his second yellow card in the 72nd minute, forcing UC Davis to play with just 10 men on the field. The UC Davis defense, however, held their ground and preserved the tie until the 84th minute when Tulloch took advantage of a miscommunication in the Aggie defense and scored to put UCF up 2-1.
With just 30 seconds left in the game, Brown sealed the 3-1 win after scoring inside the right post.
Zeenni made two saves for UC Davis as did Evers for UCF while the Knights edged the Aggies in shots 12-11.
UC Davis will travel to Dallas to compete at the SMU Classic Sept. 14-16. The Aggies will play Tulsa on Friday, Sept. 14 at 3 p.m. before facing host SMU on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.