Sept. 14, 2002
DAVIS, Calif. - Derrick Thomas' corner kick in the 80th minute of play found its way to the far side of the Falcon net resulting in the game-winning goal as UC Davis held off a second-half charge from Seattle Pacific to come away with a 2-1 non-conference victory in a men's soccer game in front of 400 at Aggie Field Saturday afternoon.
With the victory, UC Davis improves to 4-1-1 on the season while Seattle Pacific falls to 3-2.
Jesse Swonetz put UC Davis on the board first in the 25th minute as he took a pass from Thomas for the 1-0 lead. The play began when Aggie defender Brian Flynn served a long ball to Thomas just outside the Falcon penalty box. Thomas redirected the ball towards Swonetz who was standing inside the box. The ball went past a Falcon defender to Swonetz, who was one-on-one with Flacon keeper James Ward and beat him to the low left side.
Seattle Pacific appeared as though it would get on the board early in the second half when Grant Falco took a long pass over the Aggie defense and one-timed the ball over Aggie keeper Nic Platter. The ball, however, sailed just over the crossbar. Six minutes later, Falcon defender Mike Pardini received a red card and Seattle Pacific was forced to play a man-down over the final 19 minutes.
The Falcons seemed to pick up their intensity and in the 64th minute they evened the score at 1-1. Brent Egbert beat the Aggie defense to a ball that wasn't cleared from in front of the goal and deposited it past Platter for the equalizer. Both teams would have chances over the next 15 minutes as the two teams went back-and-forth in controlling play. SPU had the best chance to break the tie in the 72nd minute when Michael Brkich dribbled into the box and looked to have an open shot. He tried to get better position, allowing Flynn to come from the far side to clear the ball out.
With just over 10 minutes left, Thomas took the Aggies' fifth and final corner kick. The cross was a low drive that never left the goal line and found its way past Ward and into the far side of the net for the game-winner.
"This was a big win for us and I'm extremely excited for our players," said UC Davis Head Coach Dwayne Shaffer. "To rebound after a loss earlier this week and beat a quality team like Seattle Pacific says a lot about our team. We played well and continued to fight all afternoon."
For the game, UC Davis outshot Seattle Pacific 12-9 while the two teams each took five corner kicks. Platter finished the contest with two saves while Ward made one. UC Davis' next action is a home match against Chico State on Tuesday, September 17.