Oct. 26, 2002
DAVIS, Calif. - Tony Bussard's goal in the 13th minute gave the Seawolves a lead they would not surrender and the Seawolves defense held the Aggies scoreless for over 88 minutes as Sonoma State defeated UC Davis, 2-1, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association men's soccer gamein front of a record 1,010 fans at Aggie Field Saturday afternoon.
With the loss, UC Davis falls to 11-5-1 on the season, 7-5 in CCAA play while Sonoma State improves to 14-3 overall, 9-3 in conference play.
The win also prevents UC Davis from advancing to the CCAA Championship Tournament as the Seawolves clinched the North Division title with the victory.
Sonoma got on the board first when Bussard gathered a loose ball inside the Aggie penalty box, turned and blasted a shot that went just inside the left post for the 1-0 lead. The score would remain that way through the first 45 minutes as both teams found good scoring opportunities difficult.
In the second half, Sonoma wasted little time in extending its lead. The Seawolves sent a crossing pass into the middle of the field. Aggie goalkeeper Nic Platter went to punch the ball out, however, his clearing attempt did not make it past the Sonoma front line. Midfielder Thomas Corwin found the ball at his feet and with Platter scrambling back into goal, Corwin sent a shot into the back of the goal for the 2-0, lead.
Forced to play catchup, the Aggies kept applying pressure. Forward Jesse Swonetz looked as though he might cut the lead in half midway through the period, but his header from inside the box sailed just wide. In the 89th minute, forward Ryan Shaw finally put UC Davis on the board when he headed in a crossing pass from Gabe Garcia, cutting the Sonoma lead to 2-1. But the Aggies would get no closer as Sonoma cleared the ball away each chance it had in the final minute.
For the game, Sonoma held a 15-12 edge in shots, with Platter recording four saves and Seawolf keeper Matt Bernard registering one.
"We came out with a lot of enthusiasm and intensity today and the players gave it everything they had," said Aggie Head Coach Dwayne Shaffer. "Sonoma is a very good team and there is a reason they are 14-3 on the year. We played well and had our chances, but did put them away."
UC Davis will next be in action this Wednesday when it travels to San Francisco State for a CCAA matchup against the Gators. Gametime is set for 3 p.m.