Oct. 26, 2013
IOWA CITY, Iowa – Four early goals scored by No. 6 Penn State in Saturday’s non-conference, neutral-site game at Grant Field, held throughout the rest of the afternoon as UC Davis opened its weekend in Iowa with a 5-0 loss.
The Aggies will return to action to face its second nationally ranked team in as many days, No. 19 Iowa, with a 4-11 overall record. With the result, Penn State captured its 11th consecutive victory to push its record to 13-3.
Throughout the second half, the Aggies held the Nittany Lions to only one goal even though 11 shots were fired in UC Davis goalkeeper Danielle Herrington’s direction. Of that bunch, Herrington recorded three saves.
Once the Aggies returned to the turf in the second half, the team more than held its own against the No. 6 team in the country, UC Davis’ fourth against a ranked opponent this season. However, it was the events that took place throughout the game’s first 15 minutes that ultimately shaped Saturday’s final result.
Starting with their goal scored two minutes into the contest, the Nittany Lions hit the back of the cage on four occasions throughout the first 15:11 of game time. After that, UC Davis was able to match Penn State’s effort until the final goal of the day was recorded 44 minutes later.
The final score could have been even larger were it not for UC Davis defender Linnea Whitney; the sophomore recorded the game’s only defensive save, and first of her career, in the 48th minute to prevent Penn State from enhancing its lead.
Five different Nittany Lions were responsible for their team’s offense; Ashtin Klinger recorded an assist on three of those occasions.
Sunday morning’s game against Iowa is the final regular season road game of the year for UC Davis, live stats for that matchup are available at ucdavisaggies.com.