Oct. 13, 2013
RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Matt Wiesenfarth scored his third goal of the season in the 14th minute, Matt Sheldon added another insurance goal in the 60th and Armando Quezada recorded his inaugural shutout to help UC Davis end action against Big West South Division teams with its 2-0 win Sunday afternoon from UC Riverside Soccer Stadium.
UC Davis will enter Saturday’s home showdown against UC Santa Barbara with a 6-6-1 overall record and 2-2-0 league mark; UC Riverside falls to 6-5-2 and 1-3-0 respectively with the loss.
“I though we played really well and were excellent in every area of the game — offense, defense and on set piece situations. This team played outstanding today,” said head coach Dwayne Shaffer.
UC Davis wasted little time in taking the lead, one that remained in its possession until the final whistle.
At the 14-minute mark, Wiesenfarth recorded his third goal in the last five games to put the Highlanders on their heels in the early moments of the match.
On a play that started along the left-hand side of Riverside’s 18-yard box, Gross created a bit of space with a quick cutback, followed by his cross towards the goal that was headed in by Weisenfarth far post.
“When you play soccer at this level, scoring that first goal makes a world of difference,” said Shaffer.
“He’s training really hard at practice and is doing all the right things; when you get hot, things start to go your way,” said Shaffer regarding Wiesenfarth’s play throughout the last month. “Things are starting to fall in place for him because he is working hard.”
The score remained 1-0, in UC Davis’ favor until halftime, and remained untouched until Wiesenfarth found Sheldon in the middle of UCR’s penalty box.
Originally played to the right corner by Eric Budniewski, Wiesenfarth made a quick move before centering it to Sheldon, who split Highlander goalkeeper Ashkan Khosravi and a UCR defender to tack on an insurance goal.
Sheldon now leads all UC Davis players in scoring with four goals.
Even though Wiesenfarth’s tally was all that he needed on the day, Sheldon’s strike added extra cushion to the Aggies’ advantage — one that was brilliantly protected by redshirt freshman Armando Quezada.
In his first game in goal, Quezada collected five saves in a game that also saw the redshirt freshman earn his inaugural start, and shutout victory as an Aggie.
“In his first collegiate game, he stepped up and played really well. Armando proved today that he is a quality goalkeeper,” added Shaffer.
Led by Kevin Schulte with four and Sheldon with three, UC Davis outshot the Highlanders 10-2 in the first half, and by an overall margin of 16-11.
Both teams posted identical corner kick numbers; each took two in the first half and another in the second to finish with three apiece.