Oct. 7, 2010
EVANSTON, Ill. - UC Davis field hockey went up against a tough Big Ten opponent in the Northwestern Wildcats, dropping a 5-0 contest Thursday at Leonard B. Thomas Sports Complex in Evanston, Ill.
Chelsea Armstrong dominated the action for the Wildcats, posting four goals and one assist en route to nine points for the game. With the loss UC Davis dropped to 3-6 overall, while Northwestern improved to 9-4.
The Wildcats were able to light up the scoreboard early and often, scoring three goals in the first 16 minutes of play. Armstrong got things started with her 14th goal of the season in the first minute of play, to give Northwestern an early advantage.
After assisting on a Nikki Parsley goal in the 10th minute, Armstrong scored two more goal before the halftime break at the 15 and 32 minute marks. The final goal of the first half came on a penalty corner, as the Wildcats took a convincing 4-0 lead at the intermission.
UC Davis made some adjustments at halftime, preventing Northwestern from getting back on the scoreboard in the first 25 minutes of the second half. Lauren Sawvelle also had five saves in that time.
It was Armstrong who struck again for Northwestern in the second half, recording her fourth goal of the game in the 62nd minute. Cloey LemMon fired off a shot in the closing minutes of the game for the Aggies, but the Wildcats held on for the shutout and ended with a final 5-0 score.
Sawvelle started in goal for UC Davis and finished with five saves, while Conley Craven also saw time in the second half and recorded two saves. For Northwestern, Amanda Wirth and Katie Lynch split time in goal.
"The Aggies faced a tough opponent in Northwestern," said head coach Vianney Campos. "They used their speed and ball skills to get behind our lines of defense too often. Even though we played with heart and never gave up, we must keep teams from scoring so early in the game."
"It's good for the Aggies to face this type of competition," continued Campos. "It really shows them where we want to be and the type of teams we need to beat to get there."
UC Davis will look to bounce back later this weekend, staying in Evanston to play a neutral site game vs. Indiana on Saturday at 10 a.m.