Aggies rally late before falling in overtime

Sophomore Adam Mickelson finished with a goal and an assist on Wednesday against Cal Poly at Aggie Soccer Field. (Photo by Wayne Tilcock/Davis Enterprise)
Oct. 18, 2017

Box Score

DAVIS, Calif. -- Sophomore Adam Mickelson and junior Matt Baringer scored 48 seconds apart with just over five minutes remaining in regulation to quickly erase a two-goal deficit, but visiting Cal Poly was able to capitalize in overtime, scoring the game-winner just two minutes into the extra period to escape Northern California with a, 3-2, Big West Conference win over host UC Davis on Wednesday afternoon at Aggie Soccer Field.

The loss was only the second at home for the Aggies this season, evening their record at 7-7-2 overall and dropping them to 4-2-1 to wrap up the first go-round in league play. The Mustangs improved to 6-8-1 overall and 2-4-1 in conference with the victory.

A scoreless first half gave way to a flurry of goals scored in a 12-minute span late in the second period. Goals by Kaba Alkebulan and Angel De Leon in the 74th and 81st minutes staked Cal Poly to what seemed to be an insurmountable lead late in the match, but UC Davis had an answer, forcing overtime thanks to back-to-back strikes in the 85th and 86th minutes.

Mickelson put the Aggies on the board with a curling free kick to break up the shutout, taking advantage of a foul from about 25 yards out and bending a ball around the wall and into the upper right-hand corner to make it 2-1. It was the second goal of the year for the sociology major from Missoula, Mont., as Mickelson became the sixth different UC Davis player with multiple goals on the season.

Not even a minute later, the Aggies drew level on Matt Baringer's team-high fourth goal of the season, finishing off a nice sequence of passes from Mickelson and Lizandro Torres to make it 2-2. Mickelson made a run down the right side and sent a cross into the box where it was headed back by Torres to Baringer, making a run of his own. Baringer skied and got his head on the ball on the left side and headed back to the right side for the equalizer.

The 48 seconds between goals is the shortest this season and the third fastest in the program's Division I history, trailing only the 26 seconds between scores by Miguel Acevedo and Kyle Higgins last season against Cal State Fullerton, and the 41 seconds between Dylan Curtis and Quincy Amarikwa goals against Long Island in 2008.

Headed to overtime for the third time this year, the Aggies kicked off to start the period, but it was the Mustangs who would cash in the game-winner as Nick Carroll found teammate Sean Goode on the right side, who volleyed a ball over the UC Davis keeper and into the net at the back post for his fourth of the year to end the game in the 92nd minute.

The Aggies out-shot the Mustangs, 18-12, for the match, putting seven of their shots on frame, while also leading Cal Poly, 12-4, in corner kicks on the day. Mustang goalkeeper Jason Hernandez made five saves -- three of those denying solid scoring UC Davis scoring chances in the first half -- to post the victory, while sophomore goalkeeper Wallis Lapsley finished with three saves for the Aggies.

Mickelson, who now has eight of his nine points in seven conference matches this year, moved into a tie for second on the team in scoring with nine points, helped along by his team-best five assists. Baringer, a managerial economics major from Piedmont, Calif., scored his first goal since a, 3-2, win over Loyola Marymount and now leads the team in both goals and points (10).

With Baringer's score 11 different players have now accounted for the team's last 13 scores dating back to a 1-1 draw with Saint Mary's on Sept. 21.

UC Davis closes out the week on the road, heading down the coast to take on UC Santa Barbara on Saturday (Oct. 21) under the lights, with a 7 p.m. kick off at Harder Stadium. The Gauchos posted a, 2-1, win -- also in overtime -- at Sacramento State on Wednesday to move one point ahead of the Aggies in the North Division standings heading into this weekend's contest.

NCAA Soccer Game Summary (Final)
Cal Poly (6-8-1, 2-4-1 BWC) vs. UC Davis (7-7-2, 4-2-1 BWC)
Date: Oct 18, 2017  Attendance: 230
Weather: 80 deg., hazy, wind: 6 mph S

Goals by period       1  2 OT  Tot
Cal Poly…………....  0  2  1 -  3
UC Davis…………..  0  2  0 -  2

1.  73:28 CP Alkebulan, Kaba (3) (Sanchez, Alex) - free kick right side, header to the right post
2.  80:48 CP De Leon, Angel (1) (unassisted) - dribbled into the center of the box, shot to the right post
3.  84:27 UCD Mickelson, Adam (2) (unassisted) - free kick, upper right corner
4.  85:15 UCD Baringer, Matt (4) (Torres, Lizandro;Mickelson, Adam) - cross from right side, quick flick to shooter, header to right side
5.  91:35 CP Goode, Sean (4) (Carroll, Nick) - shot from the right side, popped up over the goalie

Shots: Cal Poly 12, UC Davis 18
Saves: Cal Poly 5 (Hernandez, Jason 5), UC Davis 3 (Lapsley, Wallis 3)