Sept. 21, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Nic Platter posted his third consecutive shutout and scored the game-winning goal on a first-half penalty kick as UC Davis defeated Cal State Bakersfield, 2-0, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association men's soccer game Sunday afternoon at Aggie Field.
With the win the Aggies end a three-game losing streak against the Roadrunners and improve to 3-1-3 on the season, 3-1-1 in CCAA play. Bakersfield falls to 5-2-1 overall, 2-2-1 in conference action.
In a tightly contested first half, it was UC Davis getting on the board first in the 33rd minute. Forward Ryan Shaw was taken down in front of the Roadrunner goal, resulting in a penalty kick. Platter then came the length of the field to take the kick, beating Roadrunner goalkeeper Josh Wicks to the lower right corner of the goal for the 1-0 lead. While Wicks allowed the penalty kick goal, he kept Bakersfield in the contest in the opening 45 minutes, making five saves in the half, including a diving effort to save Benjamin Swatez' blast from the right corner of the box. In the half the Aggies controlled play, taking 10 shots compared to just three for Bakersfield.
In the second half, senior midfielder Yuta Tanaka added the insurance goal in the 70th minute to seal the victory. Midfielder Connor Voss had open field down the right side before sending the cross in front of the Roadrunner goal. Tanaka gather the ball and beat Wicks low to the near post from in close for his second goal of the season.
Bakersfield never seriously threatened Platter as the Aggie keeper needed to make just one save for his 15th career shutout. As a team, the Aggie have shutout their last four opponents, going 3-0-1 in that span.
"All week we worked on staying connected offensively and going forward and today it paid off," said Aggie head coach Dwayne Shaffer. "Our counterattack was good today and our defense was outstanding again. Nic was big and Darren Hammond has been huge for us over the last four games.
"For Nic to convert the penalty kick was great," Shaffer continued. "He's always asking to take it and anyone who wants to step up and take that big a shot, I'll let them."
For the game UC Davis outshot Bakersfield 16-8, forcing Wicks to make seven saves on the day.
UC Davis will next be in action on Wednesday when it hosts Humboldt State in a non-conference game at Aggie Field. Gametime is set for 3pm.