Defense Shines As Aggies Shut Out Chico State, 3-0

Junior Nic Platter recorded four saves against Chico State.
 
Junior Nic Platter recorded four saves against Chico State.
 

Sept. 17, 2002

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DAVIS, Calif - Ryan Shaw scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season and assisted on another before the Aggies defense took over as UC Davis defeated Chico State, 3-0, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association men's soccer game in front of 273 at Aggie Field Tuesday afternoon.

With the victory, UC Davis improves to 5-1-1 on the season and evens its record at 1-1 in conference play while Chico State falls to 1-4, 1-2 in CCAA action.

UC Davis got on the board first as in the 20th minute Shaw possessed the ball to the right side of the Wildcat box before crossing a pass to Jared Ramsey. Ramsey sent a low drive from the top of the box past a diving Scott Doty in goal for the 1-0 lead. It marked Ramsey's first goal of the season.

The score remained 1-0 throughout the half, although UC Davis controlled play for much of the time. The Aggies outshot the Wildcats 8-1 in the half as Chico was on the defensive much of the time.

Early in the second half, Aggie midfield Jeremy Warner raced up the left side before crossing the ball to the middle of the box. The ball found a wide-open Shaw, who redirected it past Doty to the far side for the 2-0 lead. It was Shaw's fifth goal in seven games this season.

The Wildcats did have chances in the second half as on two occasions Wildcat forwards briefly found themselves one-on-one with Aggie keeper Nic Platter. Platter would made saves on both attempts to thwart any opportunity.

The Aggies scored the final goal when Matthew Doty was called for a handball inside his own box. Senior defender Peter Barrick converted the ensuing penalty kick in the 85th minute to close out the scoring.

For the game, UC Davis outshot Chico State, 17-6. Platter finished with four saves and his third shutout of the season while Scott Doty ended the game with two saves.

 

 

"This was out best game of the year overall. Defensively we were focused and we showed our offensive potential. We just played outstanding," said Aggie Head Coach Dwayne Shaffer. "Chico is a very good team and today I think out players saw just how good they can be."

UC Davis' next action is a road match at Cal State Stanislaus on Friday, September 20.