Sept. 13, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – UC Davis stayed within striking distance of No. 16 Louisville at the break in Friday’s non-conference game from Ocker Field, but three second-half goals from the Cardinals pushed a two-goal, halftime lead into the game’s final score as the Aggies opened their six-game road trip on the wrong end of a 5-0 score.
Louisville, the first nationally ranked team the Aggies have faced this season, improves to 4-1 with the result while UC Davis dips to 1-3.
Five Aggies recorded a shot in the first head-to-head meeting between the teams; the first was recorded by freshman forward Agustina Singh off a penalty corner from senior forward Cloey LemMon.
Seventeen minutes later, UC Davis generated its second scoring opportunity of the match off another penalty corner. Pushed into play by freshman forward Kayla Wigney, junior midfielder Megan Reardon’s shot suffered the same fate as Singh’s earlier in the game and was deflected to safety by a Louisville defender.
Unfortunately for UC Davis, Reardon’s blocked shot led to a successful Cardinals counterattack as that play ended with Louisville scoring a penalty stroke goal to take an early 1-0 lead.
With nearly five minutes remaining in the first half, Louisville struck again and doubled its lead off a rebounded shot that originated from a penalty corner.
When play resumed, it was LemMon who created the Aggies first second-half scoring opportunity and nearly scored her team’s first goal were it not for the efforts of Louisville goalkeeper Sydney King.
In the 61st minute, junior forward Sophia Lisaius and sophomore midfielder took their swings at King; the former’s shot never made it to goal because it was deflected en route, the latter saw King make her final save to keep the Aggies off the scoreboard.
Senior goalkeeper Danielle Herrington
and King each finished the afternoon with two saves each.
Between those two UC Davis scoring opportunities, Louisville added another three goals to its lead, including two goals scored within six minutes of one another to secure the result.
UC Davis will return to action on Sunday, Sept. 15, against Michigan. For the host Wolverines, that game is the second of back-to-back games scheduled this weekend and will start from Ocker Field at 10 a.m. (PT). Live stats via Gametracker are available at ucdavisaggies.com.