Johnny Yau's Late Blast Lifts Aggies Over San Diego State, 1-0

Senior Johnny Yau had the game winner in the 86th minute Friday against San Diego State. (Wayne Tilcock/The Davis Enterprise)
 
Senior Johnny Yau had the game winner in the 86th minute Friday against San Diego State. (Wayne Tilcock/The Davis Enterprise)
 

Sept. 24, 2004

Box Score

DAVIS, Calif. - Senior Johnny Yau recorded his first goal of the season and sophomore Charles Warne posted his second shutout as UC Davis defeated San Diego State, 1-0, in a men's soccer game Friday afternoon at Aggie Field.

With the win the Aggies improve to 2-4-1 on the season while the Aztecs fall to 1-5-1.

Yau's goal came late in the contest as the Aggies were pushing forward with the ball just across midfield. Yau possessed the ball to the right side of the goal and blasted a 25-yard shot that found the top left corner of the goal past Aztec keeper Tally Hall. The shot put the Aggies up with just under five minutes to play and the defense made it stand as it held off a late Aztec rally to preserve the win.

"Johnny's goal was outstanding," said Aggie head coach Dwayne Shaffer. "He has shown that type of ability over the last four years and he finally unleashed that in a game. What a goal.

"I feel like we played great all-around soccer today," Shaffer continued. "We were very focused and disciplined in our shape. It was a great game to build on and now we can go into Sunday's game against Sacramento State on a high note."

San Diego State had its best chance to tie in the closing minutes as defender Eric Wohl shot from the top of the box was saved by Warne. But the rebound came right to Freddy McDonald, who turned and shot, but his blast was deflected wide over the endline.

UC Davis had chances to score earlier in the contest as Ryan Shaw missed a header just over the crossbar in the 63rd minute. That started a flurry of Aggie shots on goal as less than a minute later, Keith Gilbert had his left-footed shot saved over the crossbar by a diving Hall.

For the game the Aztecs outshot UC Davis, 12-11, and held a narrow 5-4 edge in corner kicks. Warne recorded four saves in net for the Aggies while Hall tallied three.

 

 

UC Davis is next in action on Sunday when it hosts the soccer version of the Causeway Classic against Sacramento State. Gametime is set for 1 p.m.