Nov. 2, 2011
Davis, Calif. -
Jesse Vega scored a shorthanded goal in the 72nd minute to forge a 1-1 tie and 38 more minutes produced no change on the scoreboard in a card-filled Big West Conference men's soccer match Wednesday afternoon between Cal State Fullerton and UC Davis.
The tie leaves Fullerton (7-6-5, 1-5-3) needing a win or a tie at home vs. Cal State Northridge to have a winning season. The tie leaves Davis (7-7-3, 5-3-1) 3 points behind first-place UC Irvine going into the Aggies' season finale at UC Riverside. UCI is idle.
Davis had taken a 1-0 lead less than 3 minutes earlier when Dan Reese scored from in close with assists from Alex Aguiar and Matt Wiesenfarth.
Davis lost the man advantage in the fourth minute of the second overtime when Reese picked up a second yellow card. The Titans went up a man in the 109th minute when Davis' Lance Patterson got a second yellow but Fullerton's Oscar Aguero met the same fate in the final minute.
"I can't publicly say anything about the officiating," said Fullerton Head Coach Bob Ammann, "but... the red cards were results of the frustration players were feeling from the decisions and lack thereof.
"Davis is a tough place to play and the first half was not one of our best. The second half was a much better display. Going down a goal and a man with 20 minutes left made for a tough task but we equalized a minute later on a desire play by Jesse Vega to score his first career goal.
"I am most disappointed for Oscar Aguero, who will have to sit out 'Senior Night' due to a second yellow with 50 seconds left in the 2nd ot.
"Unfortunately, the cards today will force us to be without three additional starters Saturday."
Trevor Whiddonn was credited with 5 saves for Fullerton, the same number as Omar Zeenni had for Davis.