Oct. 26, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - Sacramento State's Isaac Ikyurav scored the game's lone goal late in the first half and the visiting Hornets withstood a barrage of second-half chances from host UC Davis, holding off the Aggies for a 1-0 victory in front of a sellout crowd of 1,175 fans on Saturday afternoon at the Aggie Soccer Field.
The loss kept UC Davis winless in its last three, falling to 6-8-2 overall and 2-4-1 in Big West Conference play. Sacramento State snapped a six-match losing streak with the victory, improving to 3-9-3 overall and 1-6 in Big West play, winning for the first time since Sept. 28 and claiming the first points for the Hornets in the annual Causeway Cup series.
"I thought it was not a very good performance by our team," Head Coach Dwayne Shaffer said. "I'll give Sacramento State credit, they scored the first goal and we were left chasing the game. Unfortunately, we just didn't respond well enough to get a goal. We put a ton of pressure on them in the second half, created numerous opportunities, but we just couldn't score to get back in the game."
Ikyurav's second goal of the year in the 37th minute was all Sacramento State would need, taking a pass from teammate Almog Strikowski, shaking a defender, and burying a shot to the upper right corner from the seat of his pants for the lone score of the match.
It was only the ninth goal in 15 matches for the Hornets this season.
The Aggies, however, didn't go quietly, dominating the second half to the tune of a 12-3 shot advantage in the period (16-7 overall) and a 6-0 lead in corner kicks (9-0 overall), but could not dent the back of the net. UC Davis appeared to have the equalizer nine minutes into the second period as Sam Hoeck headed home a ball played into the box by Kevin Schulte, but the referee whistled a foul in the box, negating the score.
Thirteen different players accounted for the Aggies' 16 shots, including a flurry near the end of the match as UC Davis pressed for the equalizer, but to no avail. The Aggies finished with eight of their 12 shots in the final 11 minutes, including a header by Lucas Mohageg with eight minutes left from the top of the box and another at the final whistle that just went wide.
"I feel we imposed our will in the second half, but today was just one of those days where I felt like the ball went everywhere except into the goal," Shaffer said. "So, now, we've got three games left, we have to regroup, travel down to UC Santa Barbara next Saturday, and look for another good performance."
Hornets' goalkeeper Cesar Castillo finished with seven saves -- including a pair in the final minute on shots by Schulte and Matt Wiesenfarth -- to earn the shutout. Senior Omar Zeenni finished with three saves for the Aggies.
The teams combined for 32 fouls and eight cards -- four of those in the final 2:28 -- including a red card against the Aggies in the final 20 seconds of the match.
UC Davis returns to the pitch on Saturday (Nov. 2) at 7 p.m., kicking off the second trip through the Big West North Division at UC Santa Barbara in its lone match of the week.
Sacramento State (3-9-3, 1-6 Big West) at UC Davis (6-8-2, 2-4-1 Big West)
Date: Oct. 26, 2013
Weather: 73 deg., California sunny
Goals by period-1-2-Tot
1. 36:15 SAC Ikyurav, Isaac (2) (Strikowski, Almog) - played in, shakes defender, shot to upper right
Shots: Sacramento State 7; UC Davis 16
Saves: Sacramento State 7 (Castillo, Cesar 7); UC Davis 3 (Zeenni, Omar 3)