Oct. 12, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Junior forward Ryan Shaw scored his ninth and tenth goals of the season as UC Davis got back on the winning track with a 4-1 victory over Cal Poly Pomona in a California Collegiate Athletic Association men's soccer game Sunday afternoon at Aggie Field.
With the win UC Davis improves to 6-2-4 overall, 5-2-2 in conference play while the Broncos drop to 6-7-2, 5-5-1 in CCAA action.
The Aggies drew first blood and showed signs of dominating early, with the games first goal coming just over eight minutes in. Junior forward Vinney Matteoli's free kick from just outside the box found Shaw on the far side, who headed the ball past Pomona goalkeeper Tim Sisk for the 1-0 lead.
Early on it looked as if UC Davis would run away with the victory as it controlled play much of the first half. Just before the end of the first period, in the game's 42nd minute, Pomona sophomore midfielder Garrett Petry blasted a free kick from 30 yards out that got by Aggie goal keeper Nic Platter and into the upper left corner of the Aggie net, giving the Broncos momentum into the intermission.
Junior midfielder Johnny Yau scored UC Davis' second goal when he took a pass from teammate Brian Flynn and out ran a pair of defenders, to find himself one-on-one with Sisk. As Yau shot, Sisk dove but the ball eluded his fingertips and the Aggies went up 2-1 over seven minutes into the half.
Shaw scored his 10th goal of the season in the 79th minute, punching in a turnover in front of the Bronco goal. Aggie defender Ryan Powers sent a long clearing ball that took a big bounce over the Bronco defense and eluded a charging Sisk. Shaw won a footrace with another Bronco defended and slammed the ball into the back of the open net.
Junior forward Paul Dagenais scored the games final goal off of a pass from Shaw. Along the endline, Shaw got the ball to the streaking Dagenais and he punched it in from 10 yards out.
"I thought we played well today," said Aggie Coach Dwayne Shaffer of his team's efforts. "We played with a lot of energy. We had chances to go up 2-0 early, that goal at the end of the first half gave them more life."
UC Davis outshot Cal Poly Pomona 13-8 and Platter had four saves on the day while Sisk had a pair of his own.
The Aggies travel to Los Angeles later this week to take on conference opponent Cal State L.A. and won't be home until October 28, when they take on San Francisco State at Aggie Field.