DAVIS – Seniors Kip Colvey (above) and Chase Minter each scored second-half goals on Wednesday afternoon to help the Cal Poly men's soccer program erase an early two-goal deficit, but UC Davis defender Lucas Mohageg found the back of the net five minutes into overtime to lift the Aggies past the Mustangs 3-2 at Aggie Soccer Field.
Senior goalkeeper Wade Hamilton finished with three saves for Cal Poly, which trailed for the first time in seven matches on Wednesday, but leveled the scoreline with goals from Colvey at the 67-minute mark and Minter on 85 minutes. Playing the program's third overtime match in the past four games, however, Cal Poly fell in overtime at UC Davis for the second successive season.
With its victory, UC Davis (7-6-1, 3-3-1; 10 points) leapfrogged Cal Poly (7-3-3, 2-1-2; eight points) for second place in the Big West Conference North Division standings. No. 13 UC Santa Barbara remains the division leader.
Cal Poly returns home to Alex G. Spanos Stadium to host UC Santa Barbara in the opening leg of the 2015 Blue-Green rivalry series on Saturday, Oct. 17. Kickoff is 7 p.m. for the match, which annually ranks as the best-attended sporting event in San Luis Obispo County.
Each side had forced the opposition goalkeeper into a save by the time UC Davis defender Roy Boateng opened the scoring in the 18th minute, taking a header from Mohageg and firing past Hamilton at the right post.
Aggie goalkeeper Armando Quezada turned away Minter in the 23rd minute and UC Davis – through Boateng once more – doubled its lead three minutes later. Boateng, who entered Wednesday's match having scored just twice in his first 14 appearances of 2015, took a feed from midfielder Ryan Gross and headed goal No. 2 of the day into the back of the Mustang net.
Boateng's opening goal marked the first time Cal Poly had trailed since a 4-1 loss at UCLA (Sept. 18) while his second marked just the second time the Mustangs had conceded multiple goals in a match this year.
Cal Poly's 2-0 deficit also makred the first time the Mustangs had trailed at halftime in 2015.
Hamilton recorded two saves inside the opening 15 minutes of the second half to hold UC Davis to the 2-0 lead and the Mustangs finally broke through with their first shot on target of the second half. Colvey, with just one career goal entering the year, scored his second of 2015 in the 67th-minute by besting Quezada in a one-versus-one situation.
The Mustangs, who saw a potential game-tying goal by freshman forward Jared Pressley called back due to offsides in the 78th-minute, equalized in the 85th. Minter, Cal Poly's points leader with 12, equalized senior midfielder Matt LaGrassa for the team lead with his fourth goal of 2015 after taking a feed from freshman midfielder George Grote and depositing the ball into the upper right corner of the Aggie net.
For Grote, the assist was his Cal Poly-best fourth of the season.
The Aggies, however, scored with the second shot attempt of overtime after Mohageg collected a rebounded effort from forward Evan Barrett and fired past Hamilton for the win.