UC Davis Shuts Out Saint Louis In Opener, 3-0

Freshman Jamie Garcia battles hard during Saturday night's game against Saint Louis.

Aug. 25, 2012

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DAVIS, Calif. - - Senior Marissa Hughes scored in the 12 minute and Cloey LemMon and Maggie Barry added goals in the second half, and the Aggie defense held visiting Saint Louis without a score as the UC Davis women's field hockey team blanked the Billikens 3-0 on Saturday night at Aggie Stadium.

UC Davis, which won its season-opening game for the third time since restarting its varsity program four seasons ago, posted its second straight shutout going back to the finale of the 2011 season. Saint Louis dropped to 0-2 as its makes it way throught a west coast roadtrip.

The Aggies had the upperhand early, taking four of the game's first five shots before Hughes found the back of the cage from in front with just over 11 minutes gone. UC Davis made that goal stand up the rest of the half, allowing the Billikens just three more shots despite Saint Louis taking six penalty corners in the opening 35 minutes.

The Aggies struck again 10 minutes into the second half when LemMon took a ball from freshman Jamie Garcia to score near the top left part of the arc for her first goal of the year. Barely more than four minutes later, Barry added another score after deflecting Lydia Brambila's shot into the goal from the right side of the cage.

UC Davis outshot Saint Louis 13-7 for the game and didn't allow a penalty corner in the second half. Goalie Conley Craven saved Saint Louis' only shot on goal. Megan Brady-Depew had three saves for the Billikens.

"We are so proud of the team in their great performance today," said Aggie coach Vianney Campos. "They showed composure and determination throughout majority of the game and it really set themselves up for success. We often speak about the training and preparation not being easy, but at the end, well worth it. Today I felt the team rose to the occasion and played with that in mind.

"I think this was a great way to start the season and am excited to see how they carry it on to Monday," she added.

UC Davis will continue its three-game homestand to start the season when it hosts La Salle on Monday at 2 p.m. at Aggie Stadium.