Nov. 5, 2011
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - John Joslin scored in the 59th minute for the UC Davis men's soccer team, but UC Riverside answered with a goal in the 86th and the teams battled to a 1-1 double overtime tie in Saturday's regular season finale in Riverside.
UC Davis heads into the Big West Tournament as the No. 3 seed with an overall record of 7-7-4 and a 5-3-2 mark in league play.
The Aggies will travel to face UC Santa Barbara, the No. 2 seed, on Wednesday in the Big West Tournament semifinals. UC Irvine finished as regular season champion for the second straight year and hosts UC Riverside, the fourth-place team.
The game also marked a milestone for the men's soccer program as Saturday's match was the Aggies' 11th overtime game of the season, tying a Division I record for most overtime games in a single season. St. Louis accomplished the feat in 2003 as did San Diego State in 2009.
The first half started out relatively quietly, but both sides turned up the offense as halftime approached. Ben Sperber took a shot for the Highlanders, but it was blocked and sent out of bounds. On the ensuing corner kick, Aaron Long's header was also blocked and cleared out of play.
In the 35th minute, Joseph O'Conner's attempt sailed high, then Julio Reyes took a shot only two minutes later that went wide right. UC Davis responded with back-to-back attempts from Matt Wiesenfarth in the 43rd and 44th minutes, but both of the freshman's shots were saved by UC Riverside goalkeeper Cody Suppe.
Joslin put the Aggies on the board in the 59th minute. He and Wiesenfarth worked a give-and-go down the right side, and the junior found the back of the net to give UC Davis the 1-0 advantage.
UC Davis goalkeeper Omar Zeenni and the defense stayed strong, warding off shots from the Highlanders throughout the remainder of the second half. Zeenni made three saves in the net while the Aggie defense shut the Highlanders out until the 86th minute.
With only four minutes left in regulation, Hayden Leslie capitalized on a scrum in front of the goal as he poked the ball into the back of the net to tie the game.
The Aggies put up six shots in the first overtime period, but could not get around the UC Riverside defense and Suppe. Tries from Mustafa Chopan and Wiesenfarth were both saved by Suppe while all of the Aggies' other attempts were blocked by defenders.
Wiesenfarth led all players with seven shots, three of which were on goal, while Eddie Manella recorded four attempts. For UC Riverside, Joel Garcia had four shots while Richie Osborne and Cesar Diaz Pizarro each had three.
Suppe finished with six saves for the Highlanders while Zeenni had four saves for the Aggies.