Strong First Half Lifts UC Davis Over Ball State

Oct. 10, 2010

Final Stats

MUNCIE, Ind. - The UC Davis field hockey team scored three first half goals vs. Ball State, en route to a 3-2 win at BSU Turf Field in Muncie, Ind.

The Aggies capped a three game road trip off with a win, thanks in part to Nadia Namdari scoring at the 1:09 mark for an early lead that was never surrendered.  With the win, UC Davis improved to 4-7 overall, while Ball State fell to 5-6.

UC Davis got the offense going early and often, starting with Namdari's unassisted goal on a shot down the center.  Marissa Hughes earned a penalty stroke just minutes later for the Aggies, converting on a goal that gave UC Davis a 2-0 advantage in the eighth minute.

The Cardinals reached the scoreboard later in the first half, thanks to Devanny Kuhn scoring her 12th goal of the season in the 27th minute on a penalty corner.  

The Aggies didn't take long to answer, as Cloey LemMon put UC Davis on top 3-1 with an unassisted goal at the 29:41 mark.  An eventful first half saw one more score, with Ball State's Gretchen Lulow scoring on a penalty just before halftime to make it a 3-2 Aggie lead at the intermission.

Despite 10 corners and eight shots on goal for Ball State, the UC Davis defense held strong in the second half.  The Aggies had just two shots in the period, but the Cardinals couldn't find the back of the cage, as UC Davis held on for the 3-2 win.

Lauren Sawvelle earned the win in goal for the Aggies, tallying five saves on the day.  For Ball State, Chelsea Mitchell picked up the loss after six saves in goal.

Head coach Vianney Campos was pleased with the win, but is still looking for consistency from her team.

"Today's performance didn't quite mimic the efforts we displayed yesterday," said Campos.  "A combination of fatigue and lack of composure caused some scares for us, especially in the second half when ball State really pressured us in the defense."

"One of our goals for today was to score in the first five minutes," continued Campos.  "We were able to execute that well, but that same mentality needed to continue throughout the game and we could have had an opportunity to really capitalize on many situations in front of the cage."  

"All in all, this was a successful trip for the Aggies, as we faced top programs in the country and also came home with another win.  A job well done to the ladies, their efforts will really prepare us for our last home game vs. Pacific."

UC Davis will close out their home schedule next weekend, when they play host to Pacific on Friday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m.