Oct. 9, 2010
EVANSTON, Ill. - The UC Davis field hockey team played tough vs. Big Ten member Indiana, but ultimately fell short in a 1-0 loss Saturday at Leonard B. Thomas Sports Complex in Evanston, Ill.
The Hoosiers out shot the Aggies 17-7, finally converting on the eventual game winner to start the second half. With the loss, UC Davis dropped to 3-7 overall, while Indiana improved to 7-5 on the season.
The first half featured nine shots from the Hoosiers, six of which were on goal. The Aggies managed four shots in the frame, including a stretch of three unanswered shots midway through the half.
Indiana dominated much of the action in the remainder of the first half, but Lauren Sawvelle kept UC Davis in the game with six saves. Neither team could find the back of the cage, as the score remained tied 0-0 at halftime.
Following the intermission, the Hoosiers stayed on the attack, posting four shots in the first nine minutes. Indiana finally reached the scoreboard, thanks to Shareyna Chang's first goal of the season. The only goal of the game came off a rebound, with Mariella Grote receiving credit for the assist.
The UC Davis defense held up for the rest of the game, but the offense managed just one more shot on goal, as the Hoosiers held on for the 1-0 win.
Sawvelle played the majority of the game in goal for the Aggies, recording 10 saves for the day. For Indiana, it was Becky Pany in goal, earning the win after four saves.
"The team played on of their best all around games today," said head coach Vianney Campos. "Everyone found a way to perform their roles offensively and defensively, keeping a Big Ten team under control. We had plenty of chances to put balls in the cage and must do a better job of making opportunities turn into results."
"Our defense did a great job of keeping a tough offensive team out of the cage, including a great effort by our goalkeeper Lauren Sawvelle," continued Campos. "I am proud of the adjustments the team made, their determination and most importantly their Aggie Pride, not once doubting where this program can go."
UC Davis will finish off their road trip this weekend, when they play Ball State tomorrow at 8 a.m.