Sept. 16, 2012
DALLAS - The UC Davis men's soccer team held SMU scoreless as goalkeeper Kris Schultz made his Aggie debut, but the Mustangs knocked in an 88th minute goal to edge the Aggies 1-0 on Sunday in the finale of the SMU Classic Presented by Jason's Deli at Westcott Field in Dallas.
UC Davis moves to 2-2-4 on the year while SMU improves to 4-2-1.
After scoring two goals in Friday's win over Tulsa, Ryan Gross was named to the all tournament team. Sophomore defender Brian Ford also earned a spot on the team.
"It was a good game," said head coach Dwayne Shaffer. "I thought we played really well. We won a big game on Friday and we were tied 0-0 at the half at SMU so we were in a great position. We've had an opportunity to win every single game and unfortunately, it just didn't go our way. But we are in a position to win every game and as a coach that's all I can ask. I'm happy with the team and I hope we can rebound with our game at home against a tough Saint Mary's team on Saturday."
The first half remained relatively quiet on both sides in an evenly played match. UC Davis forced two save out of SMU goalkeeper Jaime Ibarra while Schultz knocked away SMU's only first-half attempt which came in the fourth minute of action.
With the score tied 0-0 at halftime, both teams came out much stronger on the offensive end, but neither could break through the opposing defense. Ben Hill and Tyler Engel's shots for the Mustangs in the first 10 minutes of action were blocked, while Will Smith and Andrew Morales also saw their attempts blocked away by the Aggie defense.
In the 69th minute, Kevin Schulte's attempt off a corner kick by Alex Henry was likewise blocked by the Mustang defense, then Ryan Gross saw the same happen as he took a shot off a corner kick from Cullen Roche.
had a chance to put UC Davis up in the 76th minute, but his header attempt was picked up by Ibarra.
At the 88:36 mark, Andrew Morales lined up a free kick from 21 yards out which glance off the wall set up by the UC Davis defense and into a cluster in the middle of the penalty area. Aaron Simmons reached up and headed it in, just past Schultz who had come out to try and punch the ball away.
Gross and Schulte led UC Davis with two shots apiece while Ben Hill had two attempts for SMU. Both teams combined for just 13 shots in the entire game.
UC Davis returns to action on Saturday, hosting Saint Mary's at 4 p.m. at Aggie Soccer Field.