Sep 8, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. – Even though UC Davis generated more quality chances compared to CSU Bakersfield throughout Sunday’s Copa de Causeway finale, it was the visiting Roadrunners who left Aggie Soccer Field with a 2-0 victory.
CSU Bakersfield improves to 2-1-0 with the result, UC Davis will head to Saint Mary’s Thursday with a 1-3-0 record.
Throughout the opening half, it was UC Davis that kept CSU Bakersfield on its heels and was the more aggressive team. Even though the Aggies outshot the ‘Runners 9-7 in the first half, and created the first dangerous scoring opportunity of the day, it was UC Davis that entered the break down 1-0.
Of the five fouls received by CSUB in the first half, none was more costly, at the time, than one earned at the 34-minute mark when a Roadrunner defender abruptly stopped a UC Davis breakaway via an inadvertent trip. Instead of knocking the ball to safety from behind, an Aggie ankle was clipped instead, causing a pile of players from both teams to hit the turf.
Had UC Davis converted on its first penalty shot of the year, the Aggies would have taken a one-goal lead. Instead, Bakersfield’s goalkeeper guessed correctly and deflected the attempt out of bounds.
In addition to preventing the Aggies from scoring the first goal, that save generated momentum for a Roadrunner squad that scored on a counterattack four minutes later.
In its search for the equalizer, UC Davis continued to attack Bakersfield netminder Anthony Perez throughout the remaining minutes of the first, and nearly the entire second half thanks to the Aggies’ ability to create shooting lanes by successfully moving the ball around the pitch.
Just like its three previously played games, the Aggies outshot their opponent; including Sunday’s 26-12 final margin, UC Davis is responsible for 84 shots this year compared to its opponents’ collective 42.
On two occasions in the second half, the combined efforts of forwards Kevin Schulte and Dashiell MacNamara nearly led to UC Davis goals were it not for the unlucky circumstances that took place on each play.
Originating from an indirect kick approximately 20 yards from Bakersfield’s net, MacNamara nearly earned his first collegiate point off his deftly placed cross to Schulte who, at the time, was circling his way around CSUB’s defenders on the opposite side of the field, just a few feet away from the far post.
MacNamara’s cross led to a scorching one-time shot from Schulte, an opportunity that was negated by Bakersfield’s goaltender, Anthony Perez, who did nothing more than turn his body and raise his hands on instinct in an attempt to protect himself.
If Perez stood anywhere else on the goal line between the posts, UC Davis would have tied the match. Instead, the Roadrunners thwarted another Aggie scoring opportunity.
Fifteen minutes later, a Schulte header off another pass from MacNamara nearly cut Bakersfield’s lead — which now stood at two due to another goal scored by Calzada in the 53rd minute — in half.
"We've got a great team, everyone is playing hard and doing all the right things," said UC Davis head coach Dwayne Shaffer. "If the players keep at it, things will start to fall our way."