Aug 30, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - Redshirt freshman forward Danielle Koehne scored 10 minutes into Friday's non-conference match against Missouri State, and again 10 minutes into the second half to help UC Davis earn a 4-0 shutout in its season opener at Aggie Stadium.
For the fourth time in its five-year history, UC Davis starts its season with a 1-0 record; Missouri State opens its year with a 0-1 mark.
A heads-up play by Koehne just a couple of yards in front of Bears goalkeeper Andrea Bain helped the Aggies take an early 1-0 lead when she scooped up a loose ball and fired it towards the net to help UC Davis take a lead it would not relinquish for the rest of the day.
Another Aggie goal from senior midfielder Cloey LemMon 11 minutes later helped UC Davis double its advantage heading into halftime.
"Especially in field hockey, goals are hard to come by," said Pile regarding his team's early advantage. "It gets the pressure off our back; the hardest goal to score is always the first one."
Koehne's first goal was unassisted, sophomore midfielder Jamie Garcia earned the Aggies' inaugural assist of the season on LemMon's goal.
Ten minutes into the second half, Koehne found the back of the net once again to record her second goal of the afternoon, pushing the Aggies' lead to 3-0 in the process.
Earning assists on the play were junior midfielder Megan Reardon and sophomore midfielder Hannah Drawbridge. That goal was scored off a penalty corner, one of 14 earned by UC Davis throughout the game compared to a Missouri State squad that finished with five.
Even with a sizable cushion, the Aggies remained aggressive on offense and were able keep a majority of the action on Missouri State's side of the field throughout the final 35 minutes of the game.
Less than two minutes after Koehne's second goal, sophomore forward Stephie Sabraw earned UC Davis' final goal of the day on her one-timer from Garcia once again.
That goal forced Missouri State assistant coach Sydney Van Der Merwe to call a timeout in an attempt to help his team regroup and settle itself down with more than 20 minutes still remaining on the scoreboard.
As was the case throughout the first half, UC Davis controlled the pace of the game throughout the second, forcing the Bears to play more aggressively than they would have liked in attempt to decrease its deficit. By doing so, Missouri State drew two yellow cards within a two-minute timespan.
Down two players, the Bears were now unable to generate any kind of rhythm on offense and were forced to protect their goalkeeper Katie Mulloy, who replaced Bain after UC Davis posted its fourth goal. With the Bears choosing to play a shell defense down two players, UC Davis took full advantage of its opportunity to fire as many shots as possible to further stretch its lead.
Of their 14 shots taken on the day, the Aggies earned nine in the second half.
On the other side of the field, Aggie midfielders and defenders did an outstanding job of protecting its netminder as Danielle Herrington was forced to make only one save to record her second career shutout.
"Missouri State scored two goals on three shots in its exhibition match against Iowa. We wanted to focus our efforts on defense by not allowing them to create those chances. We wanted to step into those lanes as often as possible and intercept passes," said Pile regarding his strategy on defense.
"I'm happy that our defenders took care of everything on defense which allowed Danielle (Herrington) to earn the shutout. They shut Missouri State down whenever they had opportunities to take shots."
UC Davis will return to action on Friday, Sept. in a 7 p.m. match against Liberty in the first of two weekend games that will take place at Maxwell Family Field in Berkeley, Calif., on the campus of UC Berkeley. For both neutral-site matches, the Aggies are the designated home team.