Sept. 25, 2013
MUNCIE, Ind. - In the second half of Wednesday's non-conference matchup at BSU Field against Ball State, Cloey LemMon scored her second goal of the season and Hannah Drawbridge notched the first of her career to pull the Aggies within one of the Cardinals with five minutes remaining in regulation. Ball State clung to its one-goal lead and survived an intense Aggie attack throughout the final moments of the game to escape with a 3-2 win over UC Davis.
The Aggies will enter Friday's neutral site game at BSU Field, against Central Michigan, with a 1-6 record; Ball State improves to 4-4 with the result.
Of the 70 minutes of action that took place Wednesday afternoon, Ball State was the stronger team for 10 of them by scoring three goals between 7th and 17th minutes. Outside that block of time, the Aggies' 11 controlled the action on both sides of the field.
In addition to outshooting Ball State by a 17-12 margin, the Aggies also drew two more penalty corners (7-5) and forced Ball State to record all but one of its five saves throughout the second half.
As strong as the Aggies were in the first half - outside that brief block of time - the team simply dominated the Cardinals from start to finish in the second half and nearly negated that flurry of early Cardinal goals.
UC Davis scored the first of their two goals in the 55th minute when Courtney Hazy set up LemMon perfectly with a well-placed pass to chip away at the Cardinals' lead.
The assist was Hazy's first in a UC Davis uniform.
Ten minutes later, a shot by Agustina Singh, one of her game-high five, was saved by Ball State goalkeeper Shelby Henley. Able to make the initial stop, Shelby had no chance of stopping Drawbridge's shot moments later as the midfielder recorded her first-ever goal as an Aggie to further decrease her team's deficit.
Now within a reasonable distance, UC Davis continued to press the action throughout the game's final five minutes and force extra action for the first time this year.
LemMon was the last Aggie to take a swing at Ball State's cage; after her shot rolled wide of its target, Ball State ran out the clock to escape with a narrow one-goal victory.
In addition to the Aggie forwards who were responsible for all the goals scored in the second half, the corps of UC Davis defenders also played brilliantly throughout the entire second half and did not allow a shot on goal.
Of Danielle Herrington's two saves, both were recorded in the first half.
The Aggies will return to BSU Field Friday to face Central Michigan in the penultimate contest of the team's current six-game road trip. Live stats for that 10 a.m. matchup are available at ucdavisaggies.com.