Oct. 22, 2013
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Redshirt freshman Dashiell MacNamara netted his second goal of the season to give visiting UC Davis the early lead, but a late equalizer and staunch defense in overtime forged a 1-1 draw with host Cal Poly in a Big West Conference match-up on Tuesday night at Spanos Stadium in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
With the draw, the Aggies moved to 6-7-2 overall and 2-3-1 in Big West play, maintaining a tie for second place in the league's North Division with the Mustangs, who moved to 9-4-1 overall and 2-3-1 in league action. Both UC Davis and Cal Poly have seven points on the year, trailing leader UC Santa Barbara in the division after the Gauchos defeated Sacramento State, 2-1, to remain unbeaten at 6-0 (18 points).
"It was definitely an awesome game to be a part of," Head Coach Dwayne Shaffer said. "It was an exciting, back-and-forth, affair and I thought my team was outstanding. We deserved to earn a point on the road at Cal Poly. I'm looking forward to our match on Saturday against Sacramento State and hope all the Aggie soccer fans can come out to support us."
For the eighth time this season, the Aggies jumped out to the early lead, breaking the scoreless deadlock at the 36-minute mark as MacNamara found the back of the net for the second time this season. Junior Ian Palmer started the play with a run down the right side, sending a ball toward MacNamara, who sent it home from 10 yards out for the, 1-0, advantage.
It was MacNamara's first score since he netted the game-winner against No. 25 UC Irvine on Oct. 4 in a 2-0 upset of the Anteaters in Davis.
After watching the Gauchos come up with the tying score in the final minute of regulation last weekend, UC Davis suffered an almost similar fate Tuesday night as Cal Poly broke through for the equalizer late in regulation. Leading scorer Mackenzie Pridham buried his 12th of the year in the 86th minute off a cross by teammate Justin Dhillon on the left side of the penalty area to make it 1-1 and force the extra period.
The Aggies had a pair of golden opportunities late in the first overtime off set pieces just over a minute apart as Alex Aguiar and Matt Wiesenfarth both had shots go wide right in the 97th and 98th minutes while another attempt by Ryan Gross in the 102nd minute went wide left.
Senior goalkeeper Omar Zeenni, making his first start since Oct. 11 at Cal State Fullerton, withstood a barrage of 20 shots from the Mustangs -- 11 of those in coming the second half -- while finishing with six saves on the night, including a pair in overtime, to keep the match level.
Wiesenfarth, Aguiar, MacNamara, Palmer, and Gross, accounted for 10 of the Aggies' 12 shots on the night while Cal Poly's Ari Lassiter finished with five shots to claim match-high honors.
UC Davis returns to the pitch to close out the week on Saturday (Oct. 26) with a 3 p.m. kickoff against Sacramento State in a Causeway Cup clash at the Aggie Soccer Field. UC Davis will honor its seven departing seniors as part of "Senior Day" festivities beginning at approximately 2:45 p.m.
NOTES: Tuesday marked UC Davis' third overtime match of the season as the Aggies moved to 0-1-2 in those contests... UC Davis has not lost this season when scoring first (6-0-2) nor when leading after the first half (6-0-1)... Tuesday marked only the third time in 15 matches this season that the Aggies have been outshot... Cal Poly became only the seventh team to accumulate double-digit shots against UC Davis in 15 matches this season... with his six saves on Tuesday, senior goalkeeper Omar Zeenni eclipsed 200 saves for his career (now 203 total), continuing to build on his school record... 10 of the team's 15 matches have been decided by a goal or less (4-4-2 in those games).
UC Davis (6-7-2, 2-3-1 Big West) at Cal Poly (9-4-1, 2-3-1 Big West)
Date: Oct. 22, 2013 Attendance: 723
Weather: Cool, mid-60s
Goals by period-1-2-OT-O2-Tot
1. 36:00 UCD MacNamara, Dashiell (2) (Ian Palmer) - cross from right, shot from 10 yards
2. 85:05 CP Pridham, Mackenzie (12) (Dhillon, Justin) - cross diagonal from left side of penalty area; from 7 yards
Shots: UC Davis 12; Cal Poly 20
Saves: UC Davis 6 (Zeenni, Omar 6); Cal Poly 2 (Hamilton, Wade 2)