Toreros edge Aggies in wild second half

Sept. 10, 2017

Box Score

DAVIS, Calif. -- Senior Lizandro Torres scored his second goal of the year in as many matches to give the host Aggies an early lead, but visiting San Diego scored twice in a nine-minute span in the second half to sink UC Davis late by the score of 2-1 at the Aggie Soccer Field.

The Aggies' record moved to 3-3 overall on the year, falling for the first time in four chances at home and held to a single goal for the first time in six contests in 2017. The Toreros improved to 3-2 overall with the win.

Torres, who scored the eventual game-winner in Friday's win over Loyola Marymount, put his team ahead following a scoreless first half, heading home a cross by teammate Adam Mickelson in the 65th minute for a 1-0 lead.

Just eight minutes later, San Diego was able to equalize, using an own goal to tie the match. Reuben Dass drove to the end line down the left side and played a ball toward the top of the six-yard box, where it was kicked in by a UC Davis defender to tie the match at 1-1 in the 73rd minute.

Nine minutes later, in the 82nd minute, Allen Luhrs put the Toreros ahead for good off a pass from teammate Jimmy Ryan. Tightly marked on a run to the end line, Ryan was able to get enough of a foot on the ball to push it out to the middle of the box and onto the foot of a streaking Luhrs, who one-timed a shot to the top of the net for the 2-1 advantage.

The Aggies had a pair of opportunities in close to tie the match in the 84th minute as Matt Baringer's shot from about three yards was stopped point-blank by goalkeeper Thomas Olsen, and the rebound was put high by Miguel Acevedo just seconds later.

Earlier in the second period, Kyle Higgins had a header sail just wide right after a pass across the goalmouth caught the Torero defense out of position, and senior Roy Boateng had a header through traffic stuffed by Olson after a long throw in in the 32nd minute for another solid chance.

UC Davis outshot San Diego, 15-11, as the Aggies had 10 different players finish with at least one shot, paced by junior Matt Baringer's three attempts on the day. Dass finished with four of the Toreros' 11 attempts while Olsen had seven saves in net for USD.

After three straight at home, the Aggies now hit the road for their next three matches, beginning with a huge test on Friday (Sept. 15) at No. 9 Denver. Kick-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT in the "Mile High City."

Soccer Game Summary (Final)
San Diego (3-2 Overall) vs. UC Davis (3-3 Overall)
Date: Sep 10, 2017  Attendance: 252
Weather: 96 deg., 25% humidity, mostly clear, lt. breeze

Goals by period       1  2  Tot
San Diego...........  0  2 -  2
UC Davis............  0  1 -  1

1.  64:35 UCD Torres, Lizandro (2) (Mickelson, Adam) - settled, crossed around defender on right, headed in at back post
2.  72:12 USD OWN GOAL (unassisted) - #15 drives to the endline, cross to top of six, kicked in by UCD defender
3.  81:43 USD LUHRS, Allen (1) (RYAN, Jimmy) - Ball played to top of six, one-timed to top of goal

Shots: San Diego 11, UC Davis 15
Saves: San Diego 7 (OLSEN, Thomas 7), UC Davis 2 (Lapsley, Wallis 1; TEAM 1)

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