Aggies Fall in Double-Overtime Heartbreaker to No. 20 Gauchos

Senior Alex Aguiar scored his first goal of the year to put the Aggies ahead late in Saturday's match against No. 20 UC Santa Barbara at the Aggie Soccer Field.
 
Senior Alex Aguiar scored his first goal of the year to put the Aggies ahead late in Saturday's match against No. 20 UC Santa Barbara at the Aggie Soccer Field.
 

Oct. 19, 2013

Box Score

DAVIS, Calif. -- -

UC Santa Barbara's Goffin Boyoko scored the game-winner with less than a minute remaining in double overtime on Saturday evening, lifting the visiting Gauchos to a, 3-2, extra-time victory over UC Davis in front of a sellout crowd of 1,175 fans at the Aggie Soccer Field.

In a match-up between the Big West Conference's top two defenses, the Aggies (6-7-1 overall, 2-3 in the Big West) got second-half strikes from Matt Wiesenfarth (his fourth) and Alex Aguiar (his first) to erase a 1-0 deficit, but Achille Campion converted on a penalty kick with 56 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime for UC Santa Barbara, which improved to 10-4 overall and remained unbeaten in conference play at 5-0.

"I thought it was a great game overall, the first half, the second half, and the overtime," Head Coach Dwayne Shaffer said. "I was proud of my guys. I thought we played extremely well, we had moments where we were brilliant, especially in the second half when we were giving them everything they could handle.

"I felt like we let that one get away from us and I'll be the first one to give another team credit if they beat us, and Santa Barbara did play well, they have a good team, but I feel like we let that one get away from us."

Boyoko's strike came off a corner from teammate Drew Murphy on the right side, heading it home at the far post for his fifth of the season to end the match. Murphy had put UCSB on the board first in the 13th minute, settling an attempted clear by the UC Davis defense off a cross by Reed McKenna and burying it to the upper right corner for the 1-0 advantage.

The match remained that way until the second half when the Aggies found the equalizer in the 57th minute by Wiesenfarth, as Alex Henry sailed a ball into the box from the left side where it was headed home to make it a 1-1 contest.


 

 

It marked Wiesenfarth's fourth score in the team's last six matches.

Aguiar then primed the crowd for the upset, putting UC Davis in front in the 78th minute as a ball into the box got away from the Gauchos' goalkeeper and poked home with a slide by the senior for his first goal of the year and a 2-1 lead.

It remained that way until the final minute when Campion tied the match from the spot after teammate Daniel Welsh was taken down in the box, forcing the extra periods.

"We tied it on a nice goal, and we got another to take the lead, I thought we were doing everything we could to win the match," Shaffer said. "Unfortunately, things we talk about as principles in our program, we made a bad mistake and gave the referee the opportunity to call a penalty kick and it just made it difficult on us."

UC Davis outshot UC Santa Barbara, 11-7, for the match, led by two shots apiece from Ramon Martin Del Campo and Ryan Gross. In all, nine different Aggies finished with shots for the match. Campion led the Gauchos with three on the day.

UC Davis returns to action on Tuesday (Oct. 22), hitting the road for the third time in the last four matches, facing Cal Poly at 7 p.m. at Mustang Stadium.

NOTES: The Aggies finished with multiple goals four the fourth time in the last six matches... the three goals surrendered were a season high... Saturday's result marked the first time since Sept. 27 that neither side recorded a shutout, ending the streak at four matches... with the loss, the Aggies fell to 2-2 against nationally ranked teams this season... Saturday marked the ninth time in 14 contests that UC Davis has had a match decided by a single goal... the Aggies have outshot the opposition in 11 of their 14 matches this season.