Sept. 25, 2009
MORAGA, Calif. - The UC Davis men's soccer team suffered a 2-1 loss against Saint Mary's Friday afternoon at Saint Mary's Stadium in Moraga, Calif. The Aggies fall to 2-6-0 overall on the season while the Gaels now stand at 4-1-2.
The Gaels took a 1-0 lead early in the game when Erik Rivas scored his second goal of the season in the eighth minute. Rivas one-touched a pass from Justin Grider into the top corner of the net to give Saint Mary's the early advantage.
As play continued, UC Davis attempted some shots but were unable to find the back of the net. Chris Leer's shot in the 17th minute went wide while John Joslin's try in the 30th minute was saved by SMC goalkeeper Doug Herrick.
Saint Mary's struck again in the first half when Rivas scored again in the 35th minute. Rivas was assisted by Jose Cabeza and the Gaels closed out the half with a 2-0 lead.
In the second half, the Aggie offense started strong. Rene Cuellar's shot attempt in the 52nd minute was saved by Herrick and Joslin's header in the 55th minute was wide. Leer and Julian Godinez both had shots in the 67th and 68th minutes but Herrick saved both.
In the 74th minute, Leer's third shot of the game was successful. Freshman Dan Reese crossed the ball into the middle and Leer one-touched the pass from five yards out.
Godinez took a last-minute attempt in the 86th minute, but Herrick was there again to preserve the Gaels' 2-1 win.
Godinez and Leer led the Aggies with three shots each while Rivas and Grider led the Gaels.
Herrick had seven saves for Saint Mary's in 90 minutes of action. UC Davis goalkeeper Ryan McCowan had two saves.
UC Davis returns to the friendly confines of Aggie Soccer Stadium to host crosstown rival Sacramento State Sunday, Sept. 27 at 2:30 p.m.
UC Davis (2-6-0) vs. Saint Mary's (CA) (4-1-2)
Date: Sep 25, 2009 Attendance: 300
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
UC Davis............ 0 1 - 1
Saint Mary's (CA)... 2 0 - 2
1. 7:38 SMC RIVAS, Erik (2) (GRIDER, Justin) - One touch to far corner
2. 35:51 SMC RIVAS, Erik (3) (CABEZA, Jose)
3. 74:17 UCD Leer, Chris (1) (Newport, Riley) - one touch in middle from 5 yards out
Shots: UC Davis 12, Saint Mary's (CA) 7
Saves: UC Davis 2 (McCowan, Ryan 2), Saint Mary's (CA) 7 (HERRICK,