DAVIS, Calif. -Alex Henry's indirect free kick found Kevin Schulte on the far end of the penalty box and Schulte put away a goal in the 60th minute to give UC Davis a 1-0 win over UC Riverside on Friday in front of a sold out crowd at Aggie Soccer Field.
UC Davis improves to 4-4-4 on the year and is now 2-1 in Big West Conference play after winning its second straight league game. UC Riverside drops to 8-3 on the year and a 1-2 mark in conference action.
"I thought today was our day," said head coach Dwayne Shaffer. "I thought the team was outstanding in every aspect. It's a well-deserved victory. We created numerous scoring opportunities so it's nice to be on the winning end of a hard-fought game. All season we've played really well and today a goal went our way."
UC Davis took the first five shots of the first half while preventing UC Riverside from generating any offensive attacks. The Aggies put up 10 shots to five from the Highlanders and forced three first half saves from UC Riverside goalkeeper Ashkan Khosravi.
After a scoreless first half, the UC Davis momentum carried into the second period. In the 57th minute, Aggie goalkeeper Omar Zeenni came up with a huge save on Neil Ignacio. On somewhat of a breakaway, Ignacio fired a close-range shot on Zeenni, but the Aggie junior deflected the ball with both hands and it was safely cleared out by his defense.
Just three minutes later, Schulte gave UC Davis the 1-0 lead with his 60th minute score. Alex Henry lined up to take an indirect free kick and sent it into the penalty area. The kick glanced off of Matt Wiesenfarth as he attempted a header and found a trailing Schulte who volleyed it into the back of the net.
From there, the Aggie defense went back to work, limiting UC Riverside to just two shots in the final 30 minutes of the game.
"Our defense played outstanding and held the shutout," said Shaffer. "Kevin Schulte had a nice goal against his hometown and Matt Wiesenfarth was great for us and put a lot of pressure on their defense. Tactically, we played a great game and it showed with the result."
Wiesenfarth led UC Davis with four shots as the Aggies combined for 16 attempts. Zeenni made two saves in goal and picked up his fourth shutout of the year.
UC Davis returns to action on Sunday, hosting Cal State Fullerton at 3 p.m. at Aggie Soccer Field.