Oct. 25, 2009
DAVIS, Calif. - The UC Davis field hockey team was defeated by California, 5-3, Sunday afternoon in a NorPac game at Aggie Stadium. Lindsey Valadez, Rachel Sabes and Liz Siemion each scored goals for the Aggies, who turned in a strong performance in their home finale. Sabes also added an assist, and Nadia Namdari also had an assist.
UC Davis (3-12, 0-5 NorPac) took an early 1-0 lead before Cal (6-10, 4-2 NorPac) countered with two goals to take an eventual 2-1 lead at the half. Two more Golden Bear goals made it 4-1 before the two teams traded goals in the final six minutes. Cal entered the game receiving votes in the latest Kookaburra/NFHCA Coaches Poll.
All of the first-half scoring came as a result of penalty corners. The Aggies were the first to strike when, in the fourth minute, Valadez scored her fourth goal of the year to make it 1-0. Sabes picked up the assist on the play when she initiated the corner from the left side to Valadez on the same side.
UC Davis kept the lead until the 20th minute when Cal's Erin Magill finished off a penalty corner with a goal from the top of circle. With just under five minutes remaining in the half, Lisa Lohre gave Cal a 2-1 lead with another goal off of a corner.
In the eighth minute of the second half, Lohre scored her second goal of the game to put Cal up 3-1. Less than five minutes later, it was Megan Shimojima's turn as she scored the first of two second-half goals to put the Golden Bears up 4-1.
With 10 minutes to play, UC Davis pulled within 4-2 when Sabes deflected Nadia Namdaris's shot into the goal for her second goal of the year.
Shimojima's goal with 4:24 left in the game pushed the advantage to 5-2, but UC Davis countered with a score in the closing minute. Siemion connected on a put-back when Valaldez had her shot blocked off of a corner. It was Siemion's team-leading fifth goal of the year.
"It was just a fight. It was one of those games that was back-and-forth, back-and-forth," said UC Davis head coach Vianney Campos. "We controlled some of it in the beginning, and then they controlled some so that's the way it played out today."
Cal outshot UC Davis, 16-13. Sophie Sproats finished with three assists. Valadez led the Aggies with five shots. Sabes finished with three, and Anna Stolitzka had two.
The three goals for UC Davis tied a season-high. The Aggies close out their regular season Oct. 31 against Pacific.