Oct. 4, 2002
DAVIS, Calif. -
Midfielder Jeremy Warner scored his first goal of the season early in the contest and the Aggie defense posted its fourth shutout of the season as UC Davis defeated Grand Canyon, 2-0, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association men's soccer match Friday afternoon at Aggie Field.
With the victory, UC Davis improves to 8-2-1 on the season, 4-2 in CCAA play while Grand Canyon falls to 4-7, 1-7 in conference action.
In the eighth minute of the game, the Aggies were fouled near the end line just outside the Grand Canyon penalty box. On the ensuing free kick, Eli Carter's short ball found Warner in front of the goal who headed the ball past Antelope goalkeeper Nathan Edgin to the near post for the quick, 1-0 lead. The score would remain that way throughout the half, although the Aggies held the advantage in time of possession.
In the second half, UC Davis again came out strong and had chances to increase its lead. The Grand Canyon defense tightened, allowing just three second-half shots. UC Davis took a man advantage in the 76th minute when Grand Canyon midfielder Carlos Gomez received a red card. Playing a man up, UC Davis finally capitalized in the 87th minute when Ryan Shaw, the team's leading scorer, scored his eighth goal of the season on a blast to the upper right corner from just outside the box.
Grand Canyon outshot the Aggies in the second half, 6-3, including a blast off the foot of Luis Araujo that forced Aggie goalkeeper Nic Platter to make a diving save, preserving the shutout.
For the game, the Aggies outshot Grand Canyon, 12-11, while Edgin made four saves and Platter five.
"We played outstanding soccer today, probably our best game start-to-finish all season," said Aggie Head Coach Dwayne Shaffer. "We created a number of chances in the first half to get more goals on the board, but just couldn't capitalize. Nic had another good game and Ryan Shaw was outstanding. Now we have to focus on UC San Diego on Sunday. They are a very good team and it's going to be a big game."
The Aggies host UC San Diego this Sunday at Aggie Field beginning at 12:30 p.m.