Sept. 29, 2013
MUNCIE, Ind. – First-half goals scored by Danielle Koehne and Jamie Garcia helped UC Davis enter halftime in Sunday’s non-conference contest against Vermont, at BSU Turf Field, with a 2-1 lead. Additional goals by Sophia Lisaius and Kayla Wigney allowed the Aggies leave Ball State University, site of the team’s last three games, with a 4-1 victory over the Catamounts.
UC Davis will enter its NorPac opener on Oct. 6, the team’s first home game since its inagural game of the year on Aug. 31, with a 2-7 record. With the loss, Vermont falls to 0-10.
With the exception of a brief 10-minute respite, both teams were forced to deal with a strong downpour throughout the entire game. Due to this uncontrollable circumstance, both teams played aggressively from the opening whistle in an attempt to record that crucial first goal, and force its opponent to play outside of its comfort zone on offense to offset the effects of the wet playing conditions.
It was UC Davis that was able to accomplish this, and wasted no time in doing so, when Koehne scored her team-high fifth goal of the year, in the fifth minute of action, to help the Aggies possess a wire-to-wire lead.
Six minutes later, off one of the Aggies’ eight first-half penalty corners, Garcia punched in a loose ball that danced in front of Catamount goalkeeper Stephanie Zygmunt, to score her second goal of the season and double her team’s lead.
Even though Vermont was able to trim the Aggies’ advantage back to a 2-1 score just before halftime, UC Davis immediately responded once play resumed to regain its original two-goal cushion.
As was the case in the game’s opening half, UC Davis also found the back of the cage six minutes into the second half to push its lead to 3-1.
The goal, scored by Lisaius in the 41st minute, provided the perfect ending to a solid week of field hockey turned in by the junior forward. Responsible for her team’s only goal scored at Miami (OH), her first of the year in the first of four straight road games played by the Aggies within a six-day timespan, Lisaius added an insurance goal against a team located just a short drive away from Warren, Vt., her hometown.
The Aggies’ scoring spree concluded at the 69-minute mark when Wigney also recorded her second goal of the year to cement the day's result.
Agustina Singh led all players with eight shots, the highest recorded by an Aggie in a single game this year; seven of which forced Zygmunt to make a save to prevent the freshman forward from scoring.
Led by Singh, all nine players responsible for the Aggies’ shot total also recorded at least one attempt on goal.
Armed with an early lead. UC Davis goalkeeper Danielle Herrington recorded four saves throughout Sunday’s event to earn her second victory of 2013.
In addition to earning two more penalty corners that its opponent (12-10), UC Davis took 26 shots — more than twice as many compared to a Vermont squad that was only able to muster 12.