DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis senior Miguel Acevedo scored his third goal of the season on a penalty kick with just over two minutes to play in regulation to break a scoreless tie, but visiting CSUN struck for the tying score with 14 seconds remaining, forging a 1-1 draw in Big West Conference action on Saturday afternoon at Aggie Soccer Field.
UC Davis, unbeaten in its last three overall (1-0-2), moved to 4-5-2 overall and 1-0-1 in conference play with the result, opening its Big West schedule unbeaten for the first time since starting 2-0 in 2014. The Matadors moved to 5-5-1 overall and 0-1-1 in league.
Despite the Aggies holding a 21-5 advantage in the shot column for the match, both teams were scoreless until the waining minutes of regulation. UC Davis had a golden chance clang off the cross bar on a shot from Adam Mickelson in the 85th minute before finally breaking through with the first goal of the match almost four minutes later.
With the Aggies pressing as time ticked down, CSUN was whistled for a hand ball in the box and a penalty kick awarded to UC Davis. Acevedo walked to the spot and punched a low liner past a diving Henrik Regitnig for the 1-0 lead.
It was the managerial economics' major first goal since scoring twice at San Jose State on Sept. 1 and his second straight match with a point after posting an assist on Thursday against UC Irvine.
The score remained that way until the final minute when the Matadors cleaned up a loose ball in the box to tie the match off the foot of Nicholas Grinde, who chipped a ball over a defender at the left post with 13.7 showing on the clock.
Michael Flores had the only shot attempt in the first overtime and the Aggies played a man up the rest of the way after a CSUN player picked up his second yellow with 28 seconds remaining. Greg Salazar, Roy Boateng, and Matt Baringer, each had attempts in the second overtime, with Boateng's header punched away by Regitnig in the 107th minute for one of his seven saves on the day to preserve the tie.
Acevedo, Boateng, and Nabi Kibunguchy, each had three shots to pace UC Davis offensively as the Aggies posted a season-high shot total.
UC Davis closes out play against the South Division with a pair of road matches next week, heading to Southern California to take on Cal State Fullerton on Thursday (Oct. 5) and UC Riverside on Saturday (Oct. 7). Both matches are scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. at their respective sites.
NCAA Soccer Game Summary (Final)
CSUN (5-5-1, 0-1-1 BWC) vs. UC Davis (4-5-2, 1-0-1 BWC)
Date: Sep 30, 2017 Attendance: 687
Weather: low-80s, clear, gusty winds
Goals by period 1 2 OT O2 Tot
CSUN..................... 0 1 0 0 - 1
UC Davis................ 0 1 0 0 - 1
1. 87:56 UCD Acevedo, Miguel (3) Penalty kick - CSUN called for handball in the box
2. 89:45 CSUN Grinde, Nicholas (2) (unassisted) - ping pong in the box, chipped over defender to the left post
Shots: CSUN 5, UC Davis 21
Saves: CSUN 7 (Regitnig, Henrik 7), UC Davis 1 (Lapsley, Wallis 1)