Oct. 27, 2013
FULLERTON, Calif. - With 56 seconds remaining in double overtime, Cal State Fullerton converted its penalty kick to defeat UC Davis 1-0, capped a dramatic turn of events and escaped Sunday's Big West match at Titan Stadium with a victory over the Aggies in their final road contest of the season.
UC Davis will return to Aggie Soccer Field for its next match, a home contest on Halloween against Cal Poly, with a 5-8-3 overall record and 2-3-1 Big West mark. Cal State Fullerton improves to 8-5-4 and 3-2-1 respectively.
The opportunity, awarded due to an apparent UC Davis hand ball in its 18-yard box, led to a rare occurrence for Aggies. Since the start of the 2010 season, the team has dropped just one of its 12 previously played overtime games.
Making Sunday's result even more difficult to digest were the events that took place in the preceding overtime period.
In the 96th minute, UC Davis nearly earned a sweep of its weekend matches; instead of scoring the game-winning goal and extending its win streak to three games, play continued due to an offsides call that caught many in attendance, both on the field and in the stands, off-guard.
Until the Titans' fateful shot, UC Davis was the more aggressive of the two teams from the start of the second half. Even though Cal State Fullerton outshot its opponent 10-7, a majority of those kicks took place prior to halftime. Once play resumed, UC Davis created more than twice as many opportunities compared to the Titans, forced Fullerton's goalkeeper to make the saves needed to preserve a scoreless tie-outside the Aggies' game-winning goal that wasn't-and came inches away on numerous occasions throughout the final (near) 65 minutes from scoring outside that offsides call in overtime.
Taylor Jern finished Sunday's match four saves.
In a matchup that carried Big West Tournament implications for both teams, a hard-fought battle nearly ended with each side earning a point in the Big West standings. Instead, it was UC Davis that left the field in a heartbreaking manner after a penalty kick was awarded due to a hand ball, among a pile of players stationed in front of Jern, in the final seconds of the match.
The Aggies will end their 2013 schedule with back-to-back games at Aggie Soccer Field, beginning Thursday versus Cal Poly. Kickoff for that Halloween matchup is scheduled for 2 p.m.