Sept. 27, 2009
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis was defeated by Pacific, 1-0, in a NorPac Conference field hockey game Sunday at Aggie Stadium. The two teams battled in near triple-digit temperatures with the lone goal coming less than four minutes into the game. The contest was also part of the national "Play 4 The Cure" movement to raise awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer.
Pacific's Lisa Muhl scored her third goal of the year just 3:38 into the game to put the Tigers on top 1-0. It turned out to be the last goal of the game. Both teams finished with plenty of opportunities, but the contest was highlighted by several timely saves on both sides.
Each team finished with 17 shots. UC Davis outshot Pacific, 13-9, in the first half but was thwarted by 11 first-half saves by Tiger keeper Ashlee Schlesier. In the second half, Pacific owned an 8-4 advantage in shots. UC Davis goalkeeper Lauren Sawvelle finished with six saves in each half for a total of 12 on the day. Schlesier tallied 13 at the other end.
The "Play 4 The Cure" movement features schools throughout the nation playing to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation as well as the American Cancer Society. The Aggies sold wrist bands and t-shirts at Sunday's game while also accepting contributions. In addition, the team wore pink and played with a pink ball in honor of the event .
UC Davis is next in action Oct. 1 when it plays at Davidson.