Sept. 24, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Junior forward Ryan Shaw scored his sixth and seventh goals of the season and the Aggie defense posted its fifth consecutive shutout as UC Davis defeated Humboldt State, 3-0, in a non-conference men's soccer match Wednesday afternoon at Aggie Field.
With the win the Aggies improve to 4-1-3 on the season while the Lumberjacks fall to 2-9.
Shaw scored the game's first goal with just over 17 minutes in after taking a pass from Ryan Powers and taking a shot from the left side, hitting the bottom of the crossbar and bouncing in. However, played continued for over two minutes before the referee and linesperson stopped play to confer. The result was a 1-0 lead for UC Davis.
"I've never seen anything like this," said Aggie head coach Dwayne Shaffer. "Up until then, (Humboldt State) had a lot of fight in them. I think that play really broke their spirits."
The Aggies challenged Lumberjack goalkeeper Barret Schwerin early and often, getting in 13 shots in the first half and 23 for the game compared to just six for the Lumberjacks.
The games second goal came with one minute left in the first half when junior forward Vinney Matteoli blasted a free kick just outside the 18-yard box. The ball whipped around a Humboldt wall and landed just inside the right post for the second score of the half and his second goal of the season.
"We have some pretty dynamic players," said Shaffer. "We can get behind you pretty easily."
Shaw sealed the deal, heading in his seventh goal of the season off a cross from junior midfielder Juan Avila.
"We deflated them," said Shaffer. "It was our goal to get on them early. Ryan has the ability to get behind teams. He's quick and he's smart. Everyone can play the game, but it takes a special talent to score goals."
After Shaw scored the final goal, it was the Aggie defense that took center stage. Dating back to September 10 against Sonoma State, UC Davis has gone 477 minutes without allowing a goal. Humboldt managed to get off just six shots on the afternoon while Aggie goalkeeper Nic Platter, the California Collegiate Athletic Association Player of the Week, increased his scoreless streak to 439 minutes before giving way to freshman Charles Warne midway through the second half.
UC Davis will next be in action on October 3 when it travels to Phoenix for a 7:30pm matchup against Grand Canyon University.