STANFORD, Calif. - For the second straight match, Agustina Singh found the back of the cage when she scored her team-high sixth goal of the season in Friday’s America East contest at Varsity Field Hockey Turf. But it was four second-half goals that turned a narrow 2-1 halftime advantage for No. 18 Stanford into the game’s final result: a 6-1 score in favor of the host Cardinal.
UC Davis will head into the second of consecutive road matches, this Sunday at Pacific, with a 4-11 overall and 0-4 America East record. Stanford will enter its final league game of the season with respective records of 8-5 and 4-1.
After two early Stanford goals, UC Davis responded with a flurry of activity that took place in front of the Cardinal’s cage midway through the opening half. Following the Aggies’ first penalty corner of the evening, Lauren Copeland forced Stanford goalkeeper Kelsey Bing to make a save on the Aggies’ inaugural shot of the night.
Trailing 2-0, Kayla Wigney nearly cut Stanford’s lead in half, but was thwarted at the last moment when Jordan Barry recorded a defensive save. That effort took place less than a minute after Wigney first tested Bing; each one of the senior forward’s team-high three shots drew a save from the Cardinal’s ‘keeper.
Of UC Davis’ seven shots taken throughout the night, six were on goal.
In addition to preventing Stanford from taking a shot for the final 13:32 of the first half, UC Davis scored with 1:32 remaining before halftime when Singh’s shot found a sliver of free space between Bing and the left post. That goal highlighted a block of time that saw the Aggies earn two of their three penalty corners, and saw a potential game-tying shot Wigney redirected at the last moment with 60 seconds left until the break.
The Aggies remained close to the Cardinal until two goals were scored within a 1:23 timespan midway though the second half, which ultimately tripled what was originally a one-goal deficit. As action progressed, Stanford tacked on additional goals in the 52nd and 58th minutes to sweep the season series.
UC Davis’ final road game of the year will begin at 2 p.m. in Stockton, live stats and video stream links are available at UCDavisAggies.com.