Oct. 10, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Nick Hadjiconstantis scored two goals and assisted on another to lead Cal State San Bernardino to a 3-1 victory over No.11 UC Davis in a California Collegiate Athletic Association men's soccer game Friday afternoon at Aggie Field.
With the loss the Aggies snap a seven-game unbeaten streak and fall to 5-2-4 on the season, 4-2-2 in CCAA play. San Bernardino improves to 8-5-1 overall, 5-4-1 in conference action.
The Coyotes got on the board first in the 32nd minute when Hadjiconstantis possessed up the left side and sent a pass through the Aggie defense to the feet of Johnny Richardson. The CCAA's leading scorer took one touch and sent the ball past a charging Nic Platter to an open goal for the 1-0 lead. It was Richardson's 11th goal of the season. Four minutes later, and with the Aggie defense pushing up, Platter came way out of the goal to clear the ball out. His clearing pass, however, was blocked by Richardson and bounced to Hadjiconstantis . With Platter out of the play and a wide-open net, Hadjiconstantis sent in an easy shot for the 2-0 lead. The half would end with San Bernardino holding a 2-0 lead and outplaying the Aggies in all areas of the contest.
Less than four minutes into the second half Hadjiconstantis would strike again. Oscar Garcia sent a long pass from the Coyote end over the Aggie defense to a streaking Hadjiconstantis, who took a few touches and was alone against Platter. As the Aggie keeper came out to challenge, Hadjiconstantis sent a low shot to the right side of the goal for the 3-0 lead. It looked as though it might go to 4-0 when the Aggies were called for a penalty inside their own box, resulting in a penalty kick. Platter kept the game close by saving David McConnell's attempt and it sparked the Aggies.
Over the next 30 minutes, UC Davis would dominate the game, blasting shot after shot at Coyote goalkeeper Joseph Kulm. The Aggies finally broke through in the 61st minute when Steven Ernst's corner kick when through the defense to Johnny Yau who was inside the 18-yard box on the far side. Yau's low shot found the back of the net, his first of the year, cutting the lead to 3-1.
The Aggies continued the pressure, keeping the balll in the San Bernardino end and forcing the Coyotes into six second-half saves as they fired 17 shots in the half. The Coyote defense did bend but it never broke as Yau's goal was the only one the Aggies would convert. The loss was the first for UC Davis dating back to a 1-0 defeat to Sonoma State on Sept. 10 and the first time the Aggie defense allowed more than one goal since the second game of the season on Sept. 7.
"San Bernardino is a very good team and they came ready to play," said UC Davis head coach Dwayne Shaffer. "It was 3-0 before we decided to be aggressive and go at them. We had a bad 50 minutes to start and then a very good 40 minutes but couldn't get the shots to go in.
"It was one of those games that you have to learn from, put it behind us, and move forward to the next game."
UC Davis will next be in action on Sunday when it faces Cal Poly Pomona at Aggie Field. Gametime is set for 3 p.m.