Oct. 18, 2002
DAVIS, Calif. - Junior Yuta Tanaka scored the only goal of the contest and goalkeeper Nic Platter preserved the win with a diving save as time expired, giving UC Davis a 1-0 victory over Cal State L.A., in a California Collegiate Athletic Association men's soccer game at Aggie Field Friday afternoon.
With the win, the Aggies improve to 10-4-1 on the season, 6-4 in CCAA play while Cal State L.A. falls to 3-11, 1-9 in conference action.
The first 30 minutes saw both teams have chances to get on the board first. The Golden Eagles had their best opportunity of the half when forward Nikos Gutrugianios' header went wide from inside the box in the 7th minute. UC Davis finally broke through in the 36th minute when the Aggies gained possession just across midfield. The ball went wide to freshman Gabe Garcia who went up the sideline before crossing the ball to Tanaka in the middle of the field. Tanaka then one-timed the shot with his left foot and beat Golden Eagle keeper Raymond Wilhelm inside the left post for the 1-0 lead.
The first half ended with UC Davis holding a 10-3 edge in shots, but the slim 1-0 on the scoreboard.
In the second half it looked as though UC Davis would extend its lead, but could not convert its chances. With time running down and the Golden Eagles pushing forward, CSLA got a break when UC Davis was called for a foul just outside its penalty box. The ensuing free kick resulted in three Golden Eagle shots from close range, two of which were blocked and one which went wide. That looked to be the best chance CSLA would get as time was running down. But with 25 seconds remaining, the ball went over the endline off an Aggie player, resulting in a CSLA corner kick. Rafi Pogosyan's cross found David Meyer in front of the Aggie goal. Meyer redirected the ball for the would-be equalizer, but Platter made the diving save with :03 left to preserve his fifth shutout of the season.
"We played well overall and that was a huge save by Nic at the end," said Aggie Assistant Coach Felipe Restrepo. "Nic made the save we ask our goalkeepers to make and Yuta converted the goal when he had the chance.
"We said before the game that it is a five-game season and we need to take them one at a time. We accomplished our goal today and are now 1-0 in the new season."
UC Davis will next be in action on Sunday when it hosts Cal State Dominguez Hills on "Break The Record Day," in which the Aggies will be looking to set a new attendance record. Gametime is set for 3 p.m. at Aggie Field.