Oct. 22, 2008
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Down one player for a majority of the match, the Matadors (6-5-3, 2-1-2 BWC) were a handful of minutes away from giving UC Davis their first home loss of the season. Unfortunately the Aggies were able to score two goals within five minutes, and held on to a 3-2 victory over Northridge Wednesday afternoon.
Having already played a number of nationally ranked teams this season, the Matadors showed no fear from the opening minute, and were determined to crack an Aggie defense that had only allowed 12 goals to their opponents this season.
A shot by forward Camilo Rojas found the back of the net only six minutes into the game, giving the Matadors an early lead.
Midfielder Dylan Riley earned his fourth assist of the season on the play, as he was able to needle a pass through the Aggie defense to the feet of Rojas just moments before he lit up the scoreboard for the Matadors.
The goal was Rojas' fifth of the season, and third in the last two games.
Buoyed by the fact they were playing on their own field, the UC Davis responded only six minutes later as Aggie forward Quincy Amarikawa scored his Big West-leading 14th goal of the season, tying the game at one apiece.
Once midfielder Jeremy Hohn received a red card in the seventeenth minute of the match, the Matadors were forced to play a man down for the remainder of the game; a daunting challenge in itself even if they were not facing the #10-ranked team in the nation, on their own home turf.
Instead of reacting negatively to the sudden turn of events, the Matadors continued to attack the Aggies, and exhibited a level of poise and confidence befitting a championship-caliber team.
In the 24th minute of the match, Sunghyun Kim corralled a Matador rebound, and was able to quickly put his foot on the ball and score his fourth goal of the season, giving the Matadors the lead once again.
Earning the assist on the play was midfielder Luis Smith, his second of the season.
Even though Northridge was out-shot 5-2 by the Aggies in the first half, they held the one advantage that mattered, a 2-1 lead once both teams left the field at halftime.
Looking to remain unbeaten at Aggie Field, UC Davis wasted no time in attacking the Matadors throughout the second half. In the 81st minute, Aggie midfielder Dylan Curtis tied the game at two, before Amarikawa headed in the game-winning goal only five minutes later.
"Even though it is not the results we wanted," stated Assistant Coach Yossi Raz, "our guys played hard throughout the entire match. Now we need to head home, move on, and start preparing for our next match."
Looking to extend their four-game winning streak at home, Northridge returns to Matador Field this Saturday to face the Cal Poly Mustangs. The Matadors look to start the second-half of conference play on a positive note against a Mustang team looking to earn their first point on the road against a conference opponent. Kick-off is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.