Aggie men edge Chico in exhibition

By August 29, 2010

The UC Davis menÕs soccer team posted a 1-0 win over visiting Chico State in an exhibition game on Sunday at Aggie Soccer Field.

In the 47th minute, Lance Patterson dribbled through several Chico State defenders, then sent a cross into the middle of the penalty area which found Nick Grigoriev. The freshman sent a powerful header into the back of the net to give the Aggies their only goal.

UCD had several other chances to score as the team posted 10 shots in each half.

Grigoriev nearly had his second goal of the game as he connected on a corner kick from Alex Henry in the 56th minute, but sent the header wide.

As play continued in the second half, Dan ReeseÕs attempt in the 76th minute sailed over the crossbar, then his shot at the 83:13 mark was blocked by the Chico State defense.

With less than four minutes remaining, Rene Cuellar began a solo attack from midfield that resulted in a strong shot on Chico State goalkeeper Sam Evans. Cuellar moved around several Wildcat defenders before striking a shot from 10 yards out. Evans, however, put his body in front of the ball and deflected the attempt.

Evans finished the game with two saves. UCD allowed only three shots and gave up four corner kicks to the Wildcats.

The Aggies return to action Friday at 7 p.m. as they travel to Cal State Bakersfield for their season opener. UCD then hosts its first home game of the season Sept. 5 against San Jose State at 5 p.m.


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