Oct. 6, 2002
DAVIS, Calif. - Matthew Davey's free kick in the 15th minute from just outside the penalty box found the top right corner of the Aggie goal and the Triton defense made it stand as UC San Diego defeated UC Davis, 1-0, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association men's soccer match Sunday afternoon at Aggie Field.
With the loss, UC Davis falls to 8-3-1 on the season, 4-3 in CCAA play while UC San Diego improves to 7-4, 5-4 in conference action.
With just over 14 minutes gone by, the Aggies fouled UC San Diego just outside of their own penalty box. On the ensuing free kick, Davey curved a shot over the UC Davis defense and into the top corner, out of the reach of Aggie goalkeeper Nic Platter for the 1-0 lead.
The score would remain that way the rest of the game, although the Aggies had their chances to get on the board. With just under six minutes remaining in the first half, Jeremy Warner collected the ball following a scramble in front of the Triton net. His shot went across the goal crease and traveled just wide.
In the second half, UC Davis held the ball in the Triton end for much of the time. The Aggies had chances as they outshot the Tritons, 10-4, in the half, but couldn't get one through the San Diego defense. The best opportunity of the half came late when Peter Barrick's long pass over the Triton defense found Ryan Shaw to the left of the UC San Diego goal. Shaw volleyed the ball back across the front of the goal, but no one was there to finish the play.
In the 79th minute, Triton midfielder David Ower received a red card, giving UC Davis a man advantage over the final 10 minutes, but UC Davis could not capitalize of the opportunity as San Diego packed it in defensively.
For the game, the Aggies outshot the Tritons, 13-9, and held a 7-5, advantage in corner kicks. Platter had a big game, saving seven shots while Triton keeper Jeremy Cookson recorded one save.
The Aggies are next in action on Friday when they travel to Cal State, San Bernardino for a 12:30 p.m. matchup against the Coyotes.