FULLERTON, Calif. -- The UC Davis men's soccer team ran its unbeaten streak to four on Thursday night in Orange County, getting goals from Marte Formico and Chase Rhode to rally for a 2-1 victory over host Cal State Fullerton in a Big West Conference clash at Titan Stadium.
The Aggies, now 2-0-2 in their last four contests, evened their record at 5-5-2 overall and moved to 2-0-1 in league play. The Titans fell to 6-5-1 overall and 1-2 in conference play with the loss.
All three goals on Thursday night came in the first half as UC Davis answered an early Titan score with two of its own just nine minutes apart before the first period horn.
Formico and Rhode became the 12th and 13th different Aggies to score goals this season, the former collecting the first score of his career in the 35th minute by punching home a loose ball that sat just outside the six to tie the match, and the latter scoring the third of his career in the 44th minute off a corner by Adam Mickelson for the eventual game-winner.
A sophomore managerial economics major, Formico became the sixth different UC Davis player to score his first career goal this season, while Rhode, a senior political science major, scored for the first time since netting the game-winner against UC Irvine on Oct. 1, 2016. All three of Rhode's career goals with the Aggies have been game-winning strikes.
Meanwhile, Mickelson, a sociology major from Missoula, Mont., tallied his team-best third assist of the year, moving into third place on the team in scoring with five points.
UC Davis, which opened the match by taking four of the first five shots, led Fullerton, 11-9, in the category, getting a pair of shots from Rhode, Kyle Higgins, and reigning Big West Defensive Player of the Week, Nabi Kibunguchy, but were held to just one attempt in the second half.
Mark Hernandez, who scored the Titans' lone goal, finished with a match-high four shots against sophomore goalkeeper Wallis Lapsley, who finished with a pair of saves -- the second of which came with 22 seconds remaining in the match on a header by Fullerton's Bass Sarr -- while the defense held firm, blocking two more shots in the final 10 seconds to nail down the win.
The Aggies close out their trip to Southern California on Saturday (Oct. 7) night, taking on UC Riverside in a 7 p.m. kick off at the UCR Soccer Stadium. The Highlanders fell to 0-10 overall and 0-3 in conference play on Thursday night, falling to Sacramento State, 2-1.
NCAA Soccer Game Summary (Final)
UC Davis (5-5-2, 2-0-1 BWC) vs. Cal State Fullerton (6-5-1, 1-2 BWC)
Date: Oct 05, 2017 Attendance: 348
Weather: 75 degrees and sunny
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
UC Davis……..….… 2 0 - 2
Cal State Fullerton.. 1 0 - 1
1. 11:25 CSF Hernandez, Mark (2) (McPhie, Ross;Sanchez, Diego) - crossed into the six and chipped in
2. 34:31 UCD Formico, Marte (1) (unassisted) - Loose ball from just outside the six
3. 43:47 UCD Rhode, Chase (1) (Mickelson, Adam) - Header off of corner kick
Shots: UC Davis 11, Cal State Fullerton 9
Saves: UC Davis 2 (Lapsley, Wallis 2), Cal State Fullerton 2 (Guerin, Paul-Andre 2)
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