Sept. 24, 2013
OXFORD, Ohio - Sophia Lisaius scored her first goal of the year in Tuesday evening's non-conference game from MU Field Hockey Turf at Miami (OH), but four goals scored by the host Redhawks in the second half were enough to defeat UC Davis, 4-1.
The Aggies will continue their four-game road trip at Ball State Wednesday afternoon with a 1-5 record. Miami (OH) improves to 5-4 with the win.
UC Davis goalkeeper Danielle Herrington played brilliantly throughout a first half that saw the Redhawks fire 12 shots in her direction, five of which were turned away.
The Aggies' backline was also impressive throughout the opening 35 minutes as eight Miami (OH) scoring opportunities off penalty corners were negated to preserve a scoreless tie.
Once play resumed after halftime, the Redhawks scored back-to-back goals within a four-minute timespan, both off penalty corners, to take a quick 2-0 lead.
With less than eight minutes remaining, Lisaius fired a shot that caught Miami goalkeeper Sarah Mueller off-guard, bounced over her, and rolled into back of the cage to decrease UC Davis' deficit, at that time, to a 3-1 margin.
Earlier this season against Dartmouth, the Aggies scored two quick goals within 90 seconds to pull within striking distance and chop what was a three-goal Big Green lead, to a solitary goal.
With momentum on the Aggies' side, Miami chose to remain aggressive on offense instead of playing a shell defense in an attempt to preserve its lead. By doing so, the Redhawks were able to score their final goal off an errant rebound in front of the Aggies' cage with 1:13 remaining to secure the game.
Herrington finished with 11 saves off 26 total shots taken by the Redhawks.
Led by Cloey LemMon with two, eight Aggies were able to take their swings at Mueller who finished with four saves.
Starting with Wednesday's 12 p.m. (PT) affair at Ball State, UC Davis will play its next three straight games in Muncie, Ind. Live stats for the Aggies' matchup at Ball State are available at ucdavisaggies.com.
This is the second time in the program's history that UC Davis will compete at Ball State as the Aggies edged the Cardinals, 3-2, in their previous head-to-head matchup in 2010.
UC Davis will also face Central Michigan Friday at 10 a.m. (PT), and Vermont Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (PT) in two-neutral-site meetings also scheduled to take place at BSU Turf Field.