Oct. 19, 2011
IRVINE, Calif. - UC Davis sophomore Kevin Schulte scored the equalizing goal in the 59th minute, then put away the golden goal game winner in the 98th minute to give the Aggies a 2-1 win over No. 7 UC Irvine at Anteater Stadium in Irvine.
UC Davis moves into a tie for first place in the Big West and are 6-6-2 overall and 4-2 in conference play. UC Irvine drops to 12-4 overall and is also 4-2 in league play.
The Aggies and Anteaters are tied atop the standings with 12 points each. Cal Poly and Cal State Northridge remain in a tie for second place with nine points after both teams lost on Wednesday night.
The goals were the first of the year for Schulte and marks the second straight time that one player has scored multiple goals in a single game for UC Davis.
Omar Zeenni totaled four saves in the Aggies' league-leading ninth overtime game.
UC Irvine struck first with a goal from Lester Hayes III in the 27th minute. The play started with Tarek Morad's header to Christian Hernandez who flicked the ball on to a waiting Hayes. After a breakaway run, Hayes put the shot away to give the Anteaters a 1-0 lead.
Schulte's game-tying goal came in the 59th minute off a service from Alex Aguiar. From 35 yards out, Aguiar sent the ball into the box and Schulte headed it past UC Irvine goalkeeper Andrew Fontein to tie the score at one goal apiece.
UC Davis continued to take shots, peppering the UC Irvine goal with five attempts in less than 10 minutes. Alex Henry's shot in the 66th minute was saved by Fontein, while Tony Rascon missed high in the 70th minute. Aguiar had an attempt blocked in the 73rd minute while a Matt Sheldon header off a corner kick from Henry was picked off by Fontein less than a minute later.
The Anteaters responded late in the game with a Christopher Santana attempt in the 83rd minute that was saved by Zeenni and a header shot from Juan Gutierrez that missed wide.
A final attempt by Schulte at the 89:13 mark was saved by Fontein and the game would go into overtime.
Each team took a shot before Schulte hit the game winner in the 98th minute. He and John Joslin worked the give-and-go and Schulte's shot from inside the box landed inside the far post to seal the 2-1 victory.
Schulte led the Aggies with four shots, three of which were on goal, while five other players recorded two shots apiece.
Christopher Santana led the Anteaters with four shots while Hernandez added two of his own. Fontein finished with six saves.
UC Davis hosts Cal Poly on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Aggie Soccer Field.