Oct. 28, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Senior Ryan Powers' first goal of the season came with two minutes and thirty seconds left in overtime to break a scoreless tie as UC Davis defeated San Francisco State 1-0 in a California Collegiate Athletic Association men's soccer game Tuesday afternoon at Aggie Field.
With the win the Aggies improve to 9-3-4 on the season, 8-3-2 in CCAA play while the Gators fall to 4-13-2, 2-9-2 in conference action.
With time running down in overtime and the Aggies possessing the ball in front of the Gator net, a Gator defender went to clear the ball out from his endline. The ball deflected off an Aggie player and went high in the air, about 15 yards from the goal. Powers, a defender who was up front looking to make something happen, volleyed the ball from inside the 18 yard box on the left side to the far post for the game-winning goal. The goal was the first in Powers' two-year Aggie career.
The goal capped a game in which offense was hard to come by. The Aggies had a great chance early in the first half when forward Ryan Shaw was alone behind the Gator defense with only goalkeeper Russell Miller to beat. With Miller charging, Shaw chipped the ball over Miller's head only to have it hit the crossbar and deflect over the endline. Shaw, who took five shots on the day, also had a shot across the goal slide just wide of the far post as the CCAA's leading scorer was shutout on the day.
Gator midfielder Paul Carter had San Francisco State's best chance of the day in the first half when his low blast from just outside the 18 was saved by Aggie keeper Charles Warne, who stretched far to his left to keep the game scoreless. Warne, a freshman making the first start of his Aggie career, made three saves on the afternoon. Miller also made three saves in the Gator net.
"Wen you come a away with a win in this conference it's a good day," said Aggie head coach Dwayne Shaffer. "San Francisco State is a good team and we knew that coming in. I thought we played a little too passive in the first half but we were controlling play and doing some good things. In the overtime period we wanted to go for the win and that's why Ryan (Powers) was moved forward. He made a big shot and got us the win.
"We defended really well today and the defense posted another shutout," Shaffer continued. "I also thought Charles, in his first career start, was outstanding."
UC Davis will next be in action on Saturday when it closes out its home schedule on Senior Day with a 12:30 contest against Chico State.