Sunday, April 20, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

UCD blanks Fullerton to reach Big West final

UCD defenders Brian Ford, middle, and Ryan Gross (17), a DHS graduate, attempt to block a bicycle kick by Fullerton's Jesse Escalante during the Aggies' 2-0 Big West semifinal victory on Wednesday at Aggie Soccer Field. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise photo

By
From page B1 | November 08, 2012 | Leave Comment

For the UC Davis men’s soccer team, all of its hard work is finally paying off with a starring role on television.

By defeating Cal State Fullerton, 2-0, in a Big West Conference semifinal game Wednesday at Aggie Soccer Field, the Aggies advanced to Saturday’s league championship contest.

The 1 p.m. match — which UCD will host — is to be televised live on Fox Sports Prime Ticket, Fox Sports San Diego and Fox College Sports.

On Wednesday, Aggie Matt Sheldon scored in the 26th minute, then Ian Palmer added his first career goal in the 82nd minute to send UCD to the first Big West title game in program history, where it will face Cal State Northridge.

“It’s playoff soccer right now. Everybody’s playing for one more game, and I didn’t expect anything less from Fullerton,” said Aggie head coach Dwayne Shaffer. “(Fullerton’s) got a good team with quite a few seniors in the group who are really good players, and I knew they would battle hard to try and move on to the final.”

With the win, UCD improved to 8-3 in conference play, and at 10-6-4, the Aggies have their first 10-win season since 2008, when they advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Sheldon’s third goal of the season came at the 26:26 mark when Eric Budniewski crossed a ball in from the right side that floated up and over the Titan defense. Sheldon headed the cross into the upper-right corner.

The Aggies took their lead into halftime, then turned up the defensive intensity to ward off 11 second-half shots from Fullerton. In the 50th minute, Gerzon Blanco and Ian Ramos had shots blocked by the UCD defense on back-to-back attempts, then Aggie goalie Omar Zeenni made a leaping save in the 72nd minute to prevent a goal.

“Once again Brian Ford, Ramon (Martin Del Campo) and Ryan Gross were outstanding (Wednesday), and Lucas (Mohageg) came in and won many head balls and defended very well after coming in,” Shaffer said. “Omar did his job once again, so I just felt like overall our team effort was really strong and they got another shutout. We’re playing good soccer at the right time of the year, and hopefully, we have another good performance on Saturday.”

After re-entering the game in the 80th minute, Palmer scored just over two minutes later. Matt Wiesenfarth received the ball in the middle of the field and made a run through the Titan defense before sending a pass to Palmer as he ran down the right side. Palmer’s shot sailed across the goal and into the lower-left corner.

Tickets for Saturday’s match are on sale now through the UCD ticket office by calling 530-752-AGS1 or visiting http://www.ucdavisaggies.com. General admission seating is $10, while student admission is $5.

Enterprise staff

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Davis Enterprise does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Hub of activity: DHS newspaper keeps evolving

    By Zoe Juanitas | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    A springtime ritual

    By Wayne Tilcock | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Tom Adams seeks Davis school board seat

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A1

     
     
    Holy fire ceremony draws thousands in Jerusalem

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

    Tour renovated YCCC facility Thursday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Tour Davis Waldorf School on Wednesday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    The fifth annual Tour de Cluck is soon to be hatched

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    Ortiz lawn signs available

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Sign up soon for spring cooking classes

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Robb Davis team to rally on Saturday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Steadfast in their support

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A4, 7 Comments | Gallery

     
    Yolo Hospice offers free grief workshops

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Sign up for Camp Kesem caterpillar crawl

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Quilters gear up for annual show

    By Sebastian Onate | From Page: A4

    League hosts a series of candidate forums

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    KDVS launches fund drive on Monday

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A5

    Calling all Scrabble fans

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5, 1 Comment | Gallery

     
    Hub webpage is seeing traffic increasing

    By Zoe Juanitas | From Page: A8

    Learn Chinese crafts at I-House

    By Sebastian Onate | From Page: A16

     
    Preschool open house set at Davis Waldorf

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A16

    Birch Lane celebrates its 50th anniversary

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A16

     
    Hotel/conference center info meeting set

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A16

    Lescroart welcomes all to book-launch party

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A16 | Gallery

     
    DEVO set to serve up 14th annual Winkler Dinner

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A16 | Gallery

    .

    Forum

    Take ownership of your health

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B5

     
    Not thrilled with lack of symmetry

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

    Reliving the agony and ecstasy of spring

    By Marion Franck | From Page: A7

     
    Keep your baby safe

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

     
    Road diet? No, city diet!

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A12, 5 Comments

    We’re reveling in our equality

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A12, 1 Comment

     
    Vote no; it’s fiscally responsible

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A12, 2 Comments

    Rick McKee cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A12

     
    Core values on campus

    By Our View | From Page: A12, 2 Comments

     
    Bill is an affront to UC Davis ag biotech and local farmers

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A13, 2 Comments

    Don’t want to sit in Fix 50 traffic? Consider alternatives

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A13, 1 Comment

     
    .

    Sports

    UCD softball shut out by Santa Barbara

    By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Aggie men shoot 9-under, lead own tourney

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Stars shine in Woody Wilson Classic

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1, 1 Comment | Gallery

     
    Devils burn up the track

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    UCD roundup: Aggie baseball swept away by Highlanders

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

    A’s score 3 in ninth, rally past Astros 4-3

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

     
    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    .

    Business

    PG&E pays taxes, fees to county, cities

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9, 1 Comment

     
    Will Davis get an Old Soul?

    By Wendy Weitzel | From Page: A9

    Pediatricians, nurse practitioner hired at Woodland Healthcare

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery

     
    Asian stocks mostly higher after mixed U.S. earnings

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

    Yolo Federal Credit Union gets WISH funds

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

     
    Davis Roots will showcase its graduating startups

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A14

    University Honda wins another President’s Award

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A14 | Gallery

     
    Dutch Bros. raises $19,000 for girl with leukemia

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A14 | Gallery

    .

    Obituaries

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Sunday, April 20, 2014

    By Creator | From Page: B8