Sept. 11, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - Senior Ryan Shaw scored two goals and sophomore David Keller added two assists as UC Davis posted its first victory of the season with a 4-0 shutout over Dominican University Saturday afternoon at Aggie Field.
With the win the Aggies improve to 1-3 on the season while the Penguins fall to 3-1-1 overall.
UC Davis controlled play from the start, keeping the ball in Dominican's side of the field for most of the half. The Aggies finally broke in the 32nd minute as Keller's throw-in from the left side landed inside the 18-yard box. The loose ball landed at the feet of freshman Bertin Loyola and he punched it past Penguin keeper Jeff Leles, who came out of net to challenge the throw-in.
Four minutes later, Shaw recorded his first goal of the season as he took a lead pass from Keller and got behind the Penguin defense. Shaw ran on the ball and was alone against Leles before beating him low inside the left post for the 2-0- lead.
The scored remained 2-0 until the 80th minute when freshman midfielder Greg Hammond sent a long pass to a streaking Shaw along the left side. Shaw was again in a one-on-one situation with the Dominican keeper, this time Todd Seech, who replaced Leles at halftime. Shaw sent a ball inside the far post for his second of the game and 36th of his Aggie career, three shy of the all-time record held by Peter Faeth.
The final goal came in the 89th minute when Shaw's blast from the left side was saved by Seech, but the deflection came straight to Sule Anibaba, who punched in his first goal of the season for the final margin of victory.
"I thought we played well," said Aggie head coach Dwayne Shaffer. "Offensively we were strong and Ryan Shaw got on track a little and defensively we were outstanding, holding them to just two shots.
"I think we are a pretty good team," Shaffer continued. "We needed to get this win and get some confidence behind us."
For the game the Aggies outshot the Penguins, 16-2, forcing Leles and Seech into two saves each. Aggie keepers Charles Warne and Jake Martini were not forced into a save all game. Shaw finished the game with five total points, placing him in a tie with Matt DeJong atop the Aggie all-time list with 82 career points.
UC Davis is next in action on Friday when it travels to Corvallis, Ore., to face Oregon State. Gametime is set for 2:30 pm.