Sept. 19, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Ryan Shaw scored a pair of goals and the Aggie defense posted its third consecutive shutout as UC Davis defeated Cal State Stanislaus, 3-0, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association men's soccer game Friday afternoon at Aggie Field.
With the win the Aggies improve to 2-1-3 on the season, 2-1-1 in CCAA play while the Warriors fall to 2-5-1 overall, 0-4-0 in conference action.
UC Davis came out early and controlled play for much of the first half. The Aggies kept the ball in the Stanislaus end of the field but couldn't capitalize until the 44th minute when freshman Russell Brown gathered a loose ball in front of the goal and drilled the ball past Warrior goalkeeper Chris Poole just before halftime. The Aggies outshot the Warriors 13-2 in the opening half, but managed just a 1-0 at halftime. Poole kept his team in the game recording six of his seven saves on the day in the opening 45 minutes.
The score remained 1-0 through the first 25 minutes of the second half as again the ball stayed in the Warrior half of the field the majority of the time. The Aggies increased their lead to 2-0 in the 71st minute when Yuta Tanaka took the ball on the left endline and whipped a cross that found Shaw on the far post, who slammed it into the back of the net. Shaw then closed out the scoring in the 84th minute when he took a nice pass from Jeff Hull in front of the goal, dribbled around a charging Poole, and finished with a left inside the far post for the final margin of victory. It marked Shaw's fifth goal of the season and moved him into fifth place on the school's all-time list.
For the game the Aggies outshot the Warriors, 24-6, while in the Aggie net Nic Platter was called on to make just two saves. Platter's career shutout total now stands at 14, making him the school's all-time leader.
"It's always great to get a win in this conference," said Aggie head coach Dwayne Shaffer. "The team has been playing good, hard soccer this season and today the opportunities we have been creating finally fell for us. We have been focusing on getting the ball whipped into the mixer and when you do that, good things happen. That's how Ryan Shaw scored his first goal and it was good to see."
UC Davis will next be in action on Sunday when it hosts Cal State Bakersfield at Aggie Field. Gametime is set for 3pm.