Tigers Topped by Aggies

Tigers Topped by Aggies

Stockton, Calif. – The UC Davis Aggies handed the Tigers their first home loss of the 2016 season in a 2-0 decision. After surrendering two goals early in the evening, the Tiger defense shut down the Aggies but just couldn't summon up enough offense to take the victory.

"Our performance in general was very good," says head coach Ryan Jorden. "It's weird to say that in a 2-0 loss but I thought we were terrific in a lot of facets of the game. We played tremendously well, but we got punished for two significant mistakes in the game."

The Tigers found themselves behind the eight ball early as UC Davis got on the board in the eighth minute on a penalty kick that just made it past the diving reach of goalie Mateo Gomez, who was making his first collegiate start. It was the second-consecutive game in which the Orange and Black surrendered a penalty shot.

Ten minutes later the Aggies' Evan Barrett fired a strike that Gomez was able to get his body on, however the ensuing rebound found the foot of Kristian Heptner, who was able to tap it in for his second goal of the game.

In one of the many first half opportunities for the Tigers, Anthony Orendain found himself ahead of his defender in the 35th minute near the box and tried to punch it past the 'keeper. However the freshman got a little too much leg into it, forcing his shot to sail wide right.

In the 41st minute, forward Tariq Branche drew a foul in the box, giving the Tigers a penalty kick and an opportunity to get on the board. Captain Andres Ochoa lined up to try to narrow the deficit, but UC Davis goalie Armando Quezada was able to punch it up and out, escaping the Tiger threat.

In his first collegiate start, goalie Mateo Gomez fared well against the Aggie offense that was able to fire off 10 shots. The freshman registered three saves in his debut, and coach Jorden very pleased about his performance.  

"He had to come in and try to have a good performance tonight and he acquitted himself fairly well," continues Jorden. "He had almost kept the penalty out and I'm pleased about the fact he had a solid, steady performance in his first opportunity to start."

The Tigers continue their home stand this Sunday against Sacramento State. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 PM.

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