Sept. 29, 2002
DAVIS, Calif. -
Sophomore forward Ryan Shaw scored two goals and junior goalkeeper Nic Platter saved a penalty shot late in the game as UC Davis defeated San Francisco State, 2-1, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association men's soccer match Sunday afternoon at Aggie Field.
With the win, the Aggies improve to 7-2-1 on the season, 3-2-0 in CCAA play while San Francisco State falls to 2-9, 1-4 in conference action.
The Aggies got on the board early as Jeremy Warner slotted a pass through the Gator defense to Shaw outside the penalty box. Shaw carried the ball about 20 yards from the left side before beating Gator goalkeeper Russell Miller across the box for the 1-0 lead in the 13th minute.
The lead was short-lived as the Gators capitalized on an Aggie mistake just over a minute later. The Aggies turned the ball over deep in their end resulting in a corner kick for San Francisco State. Forward Paul Carter's cross landed just in front of the Aggie goal, resulting in a scramble. The ball found the foot of midfielder Bill Mooney who beat Platter to the near side for the equalizing goal at 13:33 of the first period.
In the 24th minute, Aggie defender Diego Genera came in from the left side and had his shot stopped by Miller. The rebound went to a Gator defender who tried to clear the ball from in front of the goal. The ball, however, went behind the defender and to Shaw, who gathered it in and beat Miller for the final score of the game. It marked Shaw's team-leading seventh goal of the season.
In the second half the Aggies controlled play for much of the 45 minutes. It turned into a physical game as 10 cards were given in the second period, including two red cards to Gator players, forcing San Francisco State to play the final nine minutes down one man and the final four down two. Yet the Gators did have a chance as in the 76th minute, the Gators were fouled inside the Aggie penalty box. Midfielder Nick Nutter took the ensuing penalty kick but his blast was saved by Platter. The rebound came back to Nutter who was thwarted again by Platter before UC Davis cleared the ball from its end and denied the Gators of their best chance of sending the game to overtime.
For the game, UC Davis outshot the Gators, 17-9, while Platter made three saves and Miller five.
"I thought we played some great soccer,said Aggie Head Coach Dwayne Shaffer. "We moved the ball well and our chemistry and enthusiasm was outstanding.
"We made one mistake in our own end and San Francisco State capitalized, but we were really controlling play up to that point," Shaffer continued. "Overall, though, I thought everyone played outstanding."
UC Davis' next action is a home match against Grand Canyon this Friday, October 4, at Aggie Field.