Sept. 10, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Sonoma State forward Chad Smith scored the game's only goal in the 83rd minute as defending NCAA Division II Champion Sonoma State escaped with a 1-0 victory over UC Davis in the California Collegiate Athletic Association men's soccer opener for both teams Wednesday at Aggie Field.
The Aggies move to 0-1-2 on the season while the Seawolves improve to 3-1-0.
It was a scoreless first half but the Aggies probably had the best chance to get of the board early as Johnny Yau's blast from the right side required a great save from Seawolves goalkeeper Matt Bernard. Despite outshooting the Aggies 7-4 in the opening 45 minutes, Sonoma tested Aggie goalkeeper Nic Platter just once with Platter recording the save.
In the second half UC Davis had its best chance when forward Benjamin Swatez collected the ball in front of Sonoma's goal and dribbled to the far post around a hard-charging Bernard. Swatez eluded a flurry of Sonoma State defenders only to hit two consecutive shots off of the near post, with his third shot going just wide. All three shots were inside the 18-yard box as the Aggies came away empty.
With under 10 minutes to play and Sonoma on the attack, Chris Daly and Cody Ericson put together a pair of passes that found the foot of Smith in front of the Aggie net. Smith wasted little time putting the ball past Platter from about 10 yards out for the games only score.
For the contest the Aggies outshot the Seawolves, 14-13, while Bernard finished with five saves and Platter two.
"Sonoma State is a good team," said UC Davis head coach Dwayne Shaffer. "I thought we played well and we had opportunities to win.
"We're seeing some good things," Shaffer continued. "We're a good team. Everything is here for a successful season."
UC Davis will next be in action on Saturday when it continues CCAA play with a 12:30pm matchup at San Francisco State.