Sep 6, 2013
BERKELEY, Calif. - Redshirt freshman forward Danielle Koehne scored her third goal of the season to tie the game at 1-1 in the second half, but a goal scored off a penalty corner with 42 seconds remaining lifted Liberty to a 2-1 win in Friday night's neutral-site game played at Maxwell Family Field in Berkeley, Calif.
The designated home team for its game against the Flames, UC Davis will close its "homestand" against Dartmouth with an 11 a.m. game Sunday in Berkeley.
UC Davis drops to 1-1 on the year with the loss, Liberty has won both games played this season.
"Liberty is a tough team, there is a reason why they advanced far in last year's NorPac playoffs," said UC Davis head coach Austin Pile.
After a scoreless first half, Liberty was the first team to take the lead when midfielder Serena Barr scored off a penalty corner from the left-hand side of the arc.
A heads-up play on defense from the Aggies' midfielder line created an odd-man scoring opportunity mere minutes after Liberty scored its first goal.
Generated off a turnover near midfield, senior forward Cloey LemMon found sophomore forward Stephie Sabraw sprinting towards the net, and slapped a perfectly-placed pass to her teammate. Mere moments after Sabraw corralled the ball, she quickly flicked it towards Koehne, who beat Liberty goalkeeper Ann Jefferis with a one-timer to even the score once again.
"I am proud of the way everyone followed the play, and knew when to be agressive on defense. Once the turnover was created, everyone knew where to go in order to create a quality shot on goal," explained Pile.
Even though the Aggies gave up the go-ahead goal in the final minute, they maintained their poise and were able to create one last scoring opportunity on a penalty corner in the final seconds of the game.
Shortly after LemMon pushed the ball into play, sophomore midfielder Jamie Garcia blasted a shot towards Liberty's goal. On target from the moment it left Garcia's stick, the ball ricocheted off the foot of a Liberty defender, cementing the result in the process.
"The players could have let their emotions get the best of them, but from a mental perspective, they made the most of their final 40-plus seconds and neaarly tied the game off a corner," said Pile.
Even though each team recorded eight shots on goal, Liberty outshot UC Davis 19-12. The Flames were also able to generate more penalty corners throughout the evening and finished with a 9-5 advantage.