Oct. 11, 2013
FULLERTON, Calif. - Even though an early goal scored in the fifth minute by Cal State Fullerton held as the only offense recorded in Friday night's Big West Conference match at Titan Stadium, Omar Zeenni was the focus of Friday's action as the senior goalkeeper's three saves helped him set a new school record. With 197 saves now to his credit, Zeenni broke a 10-year record previously held by Nic Platter and stands alone as the school's all-time saves leader.
UC Davis will enter Sunday's match at UC Riverside with a 5-6-1 overall and 1-2-0 Big West record; Cal State Fullerton improves to 5-6-0 and 2-1-0 with the result.
Cal State Fullerton scored on its first shot of the evening; from that point on, the Aggies and Titans participated in an even a match as possible until the final whistle. In addition to finishing with identical shot totals -- each took five in the first half and another four throughout the second -- both teams generated four corners apiece.
Midway though the first half, Nick Grigoriev fired two shots that were saved by Cal State Fullerton goalkeeper Bryan Escalante, and punched a corner kick into play that nearly created another Aggie scoring opportunity.
Grigoriev led all Aggies with three shots that were all on goal.
Almost 15 minutes into the second half, another Grigoriev corner nearly turned into a UC Davis equalizer when Ramon Martin Del Campo's header sailed just high of its intended target just under the crossbar.
Shortly after taking back-to-back corners within a 22 second timespan, Brian Ford nearly connected on his only shot of the game. Turned away by Escalante at the last moment, that attempt was one of five saves posted by the Titans' goalkeeper.
Cal State Fullerton's Amara Soumah drew a red card with a little over eight minutes remaining to help UC Davis' cause throughout the final minutes of the match. Even though the Aggies took full advantage of the opportunity that presented itself, Fullerton was called offsides in its only visit to the visitor's half of the pitch throughout that timespan, UC Davis was unable to earn that one goal needed to extend Friday's action into overtime.
UC Davis will seek a split of its weekend schedule when the Aggies visit UC Riverside Soccer Stadium in Sunday's 2 p.m., Big West matchup against the Highlanders. A link for live stats is available at ucdavisaggies.com.