Oct. 14, 2011
BERKELEY, Calif. - Emily Mecke'sscore in the 65th minute brought visiting UC Davis to within a goal of No. 12 Cal on Friday night but the Golden Bears were able to hold on for a close 3-1 NorPac Conference win.
The Aggies fell to 3-9 overall and 1-2 in the NorPac while Cal won its fifth straight game, improving to 12-2 overall and 3-1 in league play. Erin Magill, Andrea Earle and Lara Kruggel each scored goals for the Bears while Kristen Lopezhad her team-high seventh assist for UC Davis.
Mecke's fourth goal of the season made it 2-1 late in the game but Cal scored an insurance goal in the final minute of the game for the two-goal victory.
UC Davis is receiving votes in the Kookaburra/NFHCA national poll and Friday's game showed why the Aggies have earned that respect with their difficult schedule.
The teams were nearly even statistically. Cal held an 11-9 advantage on shots but UC Davis put seven of its attempts on goal, two more than the Bears. The Aggies also led in penalty corners 5-4. They also held Cal, ranked fifth nationally in goals, to one below its average.
Good defense by both teams set the tone for most of the first half with neither the Aggies or Bears able to score for the first 32 minutes. Cal had the first two shots of the game, the first saved by Aggie keeper Conley Craven, while UC Davis took the next three, two of them stopped by Bears goalie Maddie Hand.
Hand made a save on Amanda Marinac'sattempt in the 31st minute, just before Magill scored her first goal of the season on a penalty corner. Shannon Elmitt and Deanna Kennedy earned the assists.
Cal carried that lead into intermission and took a 2-0 advantage early in the second half when Earle knocked in a deflection after a penalty corner in the 37th minute.
UC Davis took three of the next five shots in the game before Mecke, off Lopez's assist, got the Aggies to within one goal in the 66th minute. Marinac's shot on goal two minutes later was saved by Hand before Kruggle scored the final goal of the game with just six seconds remaining. Elmitt picked up her second assist.
The game was reminiscent of an overtime game won by the Bears against UC Davis last season at Aggie Stadium. The same two teams will meet again Oct. 25 in Davis.
The Aggies, just starting four straight NorPac games, will travel to face No. 9 Stanford next Friday.