PROVIDENCE — Trailing the Friars 2-0 at halftime, the Aggie offense sparked a late rally in the second half with goals from sophomore Kim van der Meulen and senior Kate Young to put the Aggies within striking distance. But UC Davis would not be able to close the rest of the gap, resulting in a 5-2 win for Providence over UC Davis.
The Friars will enter their next game against Villanova with a 5-3 mark. UC Davis will return home to the Aggie Field Hockey Facility for their game against California on Sept. 29 with a 1-7 record.
The Friars took an early lead during the first half of Sunday’s contest, scoring two goals in the first 23 minutes of play. The UC Davis offense forced two saves from Providence goalkeeper Megan Guilbert, but was unable to get on the board before halftime.
The second half saw an explosive effort by the Aggie offense recording seven shots, forcing three saves, and drawing six penalty corners.
In the 55th minute, senior Kate Young tallied her sixth career goal off a penalty corner opportunity to put the Aggies within one. Young was assisted by Kim van der Meulen and Nica Taglieri, who set up Young’s direct shot on the penalty corner.
The Friars answered back with two goals in the 59th and 62nd minutes to extend their lead over UC Davis.
The Aggie offense continued to battle the Providence defense with just under eight minutes left to play. Their diligence would pay off in the 67th minute when UC Davis sophomore Kim van der Meulen notched her second goal of the season to put the Aggies within two.
But a fifth goal from the Friars would be the last goal recorded for the game, resulting in a 5-2 win for the Friars over UC Davis.
Aggie goalkeeper Chelsea Bigelow tallied 5 saves on the day, improving her season total to 64.
UC Davis will return to the Aggie Field Hockey Facility on Sept. 29 and Oct. 1 for a two-game homestand against America East foe California at 3 p.m., and Ohio State at 12 p.m., respectively.
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