Shaw's Record-Breaker Lifts Aggies Over Highlanders

Oct. 30, 2004


DAVIS, Calif. - Senior forward Ryan Shaw scored two goals, including the game-winner in the 85th minute, to lead UC Davis to a 3-2 victory over UC Riverside in a non-conference collegiate men's soccer match at Aggie Field in front of 419 Saturday. Additionally, the two scores were Shaw's 40th and 41st of his career, moving him atop the school's career scoring list.

The Aggies improve to 5-7-2 with the win. The Highlanders, a former UC Davis opponent in the California Collegiate Athletic Association and a future foe in the Big West Conference, move to 6-7-1 overall.

In the 50th minute, senior Johnny Yau's cross from the right flank was deflected by Paul Dagenais, then centered to Shaw, who blasted his shot past UCR goalkeeper Charles Alamo. The goal broke the 1-1 halftime tie, but also represented his 40th, moving him ahead of Peter Faeth, who scored 39 from 1990 to 1993.

The Highlanders reached the scoreboard first as junior Scott Barnett stole a pass from two Aggie defenders, then made a rapid charge to the UC Davis net. He fired in the game's first attempt to lift his team to a 1-0 start at the 5:18 mark.

"Riverside is a good team. They are very well-coached and they've got some great players," said Aggie head coach Dwayne Shaffer. "Once they scored that first goal, I thought we settled down and got it going. When we went up 2-1, I thought we controlled the game. You could see the momentum change right away."

"One thing I saw was that Riverside plays flat in the back. The back four players are almost completely straight across. Ryan and Paul are so fast, that I told the team to just start banging it over the top or through. It put the defenders on their heels. That may not be the prettiest soccer, but it played to our strengths. We got behind them a few times."



UC Davis almost equalized the game in the 8th minute as Keith Gilbert sent a cross to Dagenais high in the penalty box. However, Highlander midfielder Erasmo Solorzano cleared the ball and ended the threat. UCR controlled the ball for the next 15 minutes, managing three shots - two of which were stopped by Aggie goalkeeper Charles Warne.

In the 24th minute, UC Davis freshman Nicholas Lind fired a hard shot at Alamo, only to have it deflected back. Lind collected the rebound, then blasted another attempt low. This time, the shot slipped under Alamo's reach and rolled into the cage. That was the last score for either team in the first half, sending both squads into the break in a 1-1 tie.

Less than eight minutes after Shaw's record-breaking effort put the Aggies ahead, 2-1, Riverside answered with a goal at the 56.29 mark. Senior Luc Harrington delivered a long pass to Josh Valerio, who in turn sent the ball to a streaking Barnett. The Highlander junior had only Warne to beat in the next, and converted his second goal of the contest.

Both teams had opportunites down the stretch, but neither could convert until just before the five-minute mark. Aggie forward Jeff Hull sent a corner kick into the penalty box. Both Paul Cain and Dagenais managed to fire shots, but Cain's was blocked by a Highlander defender while Dagenais' attempt caromed off the right post. Riverside cleared the ball back to the midfield, but Aggie senior Juan Avila intercepted the clear. He found Shaw on the left side of the penalty box, who delivered the game-winner at 5:07 remaining.

The win also represented the final home outing for seven Aggie seniors: Shaw, Hull, Dagenais, Avila, Yau, and midfielders Brian Flynn and Keith Gilbert.

UC Davis returns to action on November 4 for a road game at UC Santa Barbara.

UC Riverside (6-7-1) 1 1 - 2
UC Davis (5-7-2) 1 2 - 3

GOALS - UCR: Scott Barnett (unassisted), 5:18; Scott Barnett (Josh Valerio, Luc Harrington), 56.29. UC Davis: Nicholas Lind (unassisted), 23:01; Ryan Shaw (Johnny Yau, Paul Dagenais), 48:01; Ryan Shaw (Juan Avila), 84:53.
SHOTS - UCR 12, UC Davis 9.
SAVES - UCR: Charles Alamo 1 (90:00). UC Davis: Charles Warne 3 (90:00).
FOULS - UCR 17, UC Davis 13.