Sept. 18, 2010
FENTON, Mo. - UC Davis field hockey went undefeated in Missouri, capping off the week with a 3-0 win over the Central Michigan Chippewas Saturday, at Anheuser-Busch Center in Fenton, Mo.
The Aggies managed two goals in the first half before a second half third goal gave UC Davis a comfortable lead. With the win, the Aggies improved to .500 with a 3-3 record, while Central Michigan dropped to 1-4.
Both teams had opportunities in the first 20 minutes of play, but UC Davis lit up the scoreboard in the 26th minute of play, when Lindsey Valadez made it a 1-0 score. The Aggies capitalized on another drive, with Cloey LemMon giving UC Davis a comfortable 2-0 lead at the 33:05 mark.
After the halftime break, the Aggies kept the pressure on with six unanswered shots to start the second half. After a pair of UCM shots, UC Davis fired back with their third goal of the match. Emily Mecke found the back of the cage, going straight up the middle and getting past the goalie on the left. From there, the Aggies continued to hold the Chippewas scoreless, en route to the final 3-0 score.
Lauren Sawvelle logged 50 minutes in goal for UC Davis and tallied 3 saves in that time. For UCM, Anastasia Netto spent the entire game in goal and had seven saves.
"Another piece of the puzzle came together for us today, as we converted opportunities into goals," said head coach Vianney Campos. "CMU never backed down and certainly challenged us in many ways. The team fought through fatigue and stayed mentally focused, which is something that is essential as we lay our foundation."
"The players are doing a tremendous job of facing teams filed with seniors/juniors and shutting them down," continued Campos "This 3-0 road trip proves we can continue to challenge and beat teams across the country, even with our youth. With the highest win margin since our reestablishment, I think we are in a great place to host Cal at home this coming weekend."
The Aggie swill play their home opener next weekend, playing host to California on Saturday Sept. 25, at 1 p.m.