Nov. 9, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Junior Matt Wiesenfarth's sixth goal of the year midway through the first half proved to be the game winner, lifting visiting UC Davis to a, 1-0, shutout of host Sacramento State on Saturday, clinching a No. 2 seed and host role for the upcoming Big West Conference men's soccer tournament.
The Aggies evened their record at 8-8-3 overall (4-4-2 in Big West Conference play) and will host UC Riverside, the third-place team from the Big West's South Division, in the tournament's first round on Tuesday (Nov. 12) at 2 p.m. at the Aggie Soccer Field. The Highlanders defeated Cal State Fullerton, 3-2, on Saturday night to clinch the final playoff berth.
Top seeds UC Santa Barbara (north) and UC Irvine (south) will receive first-round byes into the semifinals on Nov. 15, while second-place Cal State Northridge from the south will host the north's third seed in Cal Poly in the other first-round match up.
The championship match will be played on Sunday (Nov. 17) at the home field of the highest remaining seed.
Dominating play in the first half to the tune of an 11-1 shot advantage, all UC Davis would need was Wiesenfarth's strike in the 35th minute. Matt Sheldon took the initial shot that was saved by Hornets' goalkeeper Cesar Castillo, but the rebound was took much to handle as Kevin Schulte gathered the loose ball and fed it to Wiesenfarth, who finished into the open net for the only score of the match.
It was the Sacramento native's third game-winning goal of the year and team-best 13th point of the season, taking over the lead from Sheldon, who notched his sixth goal of the year to beat Cal Poly earlier in the week. Wiesenfarth now has 13 career goals as an Aggie -- six of which are game-winners.
Already the Aggies' career record-holder in saves, senior goalkeeper Omar Zeenni logged his fifth shutout of the season and the 18th clean sheet of his career in the victory, breaking Nic Platter's school record and moving him into the Big West's all-time top 10 in the category, tying him with Fresno State's Chato Elgorriaga.
Zeenni finished with two saves, one coming early in the 15th minute and the second on a diving stop at the left post in the 65th minute on a shot by Sacramento State's Trevor Jackson to keep the Hornets off the board.
UC Davis finished with an, 18-6, advantage in shots, including a match-high six from Wiesenfarth and four more by Sheldon. Isaac Ikyurav, finished with half of Sacramento State's shot total for the day while Castillo stopped four shots in the loss.
For more information on the Big West Conference Tournament, please visit the conference's website at http://www.bigwest.org/sports/msoccer/info/champs/.
2013 BIG WEST CONFERENCE MEN'S SOCCER TOURNAMENT
First Round, Tuesday (Nov. 12)
UC Riverside (S3) at UC Davis (N2)
Cal Poly (N3) at Cal State Northridge (S2)
Semifinals, Friday (Nov. 15)
UC Riverside (S3)/UC Davis (N2) at UC Irvine (S1)
Cal Poly (N3)/Cal State Northridge (S2) at UC Santa Barbara (N1)
Finals, Sunday (Nov. 17)
NCAA MEN'S SOCCER
UC Davis (8-8-3, 4-4-2 Big West) at Sacramento State (3-11-4, 1-8-1 Big West)
Date: Nov. 9, 2013
Goals by period-1-2-Tot
Shots: UC Davis 18, Sacramento State 6
Saves: UC Davis 2 (Zeenni, Omar 2), Sacramento State 4 (Castillo, Cesar 4)
NOTES: The win claimed the final 2.5 points in men's soccer toward the annual "Causeway Cup" between the two rivals, extending UC Davis' lead in the series to, 17.5-2.5… With Sheldon's goal against Cal Poly and Wiesenfarth's career-best sixth score on Saturday, the dynamic duo has combined for 12 of the team's 17 goals this season… Sheldon and Wiesenfarth have combined for 23 career goals -- 12 of those game-winners… UC Davis won back-to-back matches for only the third time this season and the first since defeating nationally ranked New Mexico and UC Irvine on Sept. 27 and Oct. 4… Saturday marked only the fifth time that the Aggies have scored multiple goals in a match this season… UC Davis remained unbeaten this season when scoring first (7-0-3) and leading at halftime (7-0-1)… Saturday marked the 13th time in 18 matches that the Aggies have had a match decided by a goal or less (including three ties), improving to 5-5-3 in those contests.