Sept. 30, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - - Sophia Lisaius scored in the 20th minute and freshman Jamie Garcia added a goal eight minutes later as UC Davis jumped to a 2-0 halftime lead en route to a 3-1 upset of Cal in a NorPac Conference women's field hockey game on Sunday afternoon at Aggie Stadium.
The victory gave the Aggies a three-game winning streak, matching their best of the season, and pushed their league mark to a perfect 2-0. Cal, which picked up a goal from Carolina Struijk that made it 3-1 in the 58th minute, fell to 3-6 overall and 0-2 in the NorPac.
Marissa Hughes added a goal for UC Davis that gave it a 3-0 lead in the 53rd minute. It was the Aggies' first win over the Bears since regaining varsity status in 2009 and helped erase the sting of two hard-luck losses to Cal at home the past two seasons when the Bears rallied late for overtime wins.
"We maintained our focus throughout the entire 70 minutes," said head coach Vianney Campos. "We've had bad luck in the past where (Cal's) really brought a second burst of energy in the last few minutes, and this year I think we really countered that well. We were ready for it, prepared for it and (the Aggies) wanted this. This was their game."
Cal entered the season ranked 16th in the national poll and has a narrow 2-1 loss to defending national champion Maryland this season. The Bears have since dropped out of the top 25 but had not lost by more than a goal this season until Sunday.
UC Davis dominated the offense in the game, outshooting Cal 15-4 and holding a slight 7-6 advantage in penalty corners. Garcia had a trio of shots on goal while five ofher players had one.
Just like last year, the Aggie took a 2-0 lead in the first half, this time picking up Lisaius' second goal of the season when Nadia Namdari's shot was deflected to the right of the goal where Lisaius was waiting to poke it in from just a few feet.
UC Davis added to the lead in the 28th minute when Megan Reardon passed to her left off a penalty corner, finding Jamie Garcia who scored from eight yards. The Aggies held that lead for the remainder of the first half in which they took eight of the game's 10 shots.
A UC Davis goal in the opening moments of the second half was nullified by a foul but the Aggies would pick that score up in the 53rd minute when Emily Mecke's pass from the left side was tipped in the right corner by Hughes who scored her team-lead tying sixth of the year.
Cal, however, started to bring back memories of the last two seasons at Aggie Stadium when Struijk scored in the 58th minute. In 2010, the teams traded late goals before the Bears tied it in the last minute, and last year they scored a pair of goals in the last moments of regulation, each time forcing overtime where they won.
Struijk's eight-yard goal, however, which came on a pass from Lara Kruggel in the middle of the circle to Struijk on the right, would be the only score allowed by the Aggie defense which countered the late rally.
"I think (beating Cal) was one of (the seniors') goals coming into their freshman year," Campos said. "They knew this was a team to beat and they really wanted to beat them, and I'm so happy they finally did. They earned it."
UC Davis will face another formidable foe on Friday night when the Aggies visit No. 13 Stanford for a 7 p.m. game. The Cardinal beat Cal 2-1 this past Friday.