Nov. 4, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - Cloey Lemmon and Nadia Namdari each scored goals and Conley Craven had nine saves on Friday as the UC Davis women's field hockey team blanked Appalachian State 2-0 in a consolation game at the NorPac Championships being held at Stanford.
The win - UC Davis' second in its past three games - brings the Aggies' season to a close with a 5-12 record. The Mountaineers, who lost to the host Cardinal on Thursday, finished 2-18. It was the second straight year the Aggies have beaten Appalachian State at the league tournament.
Namdari had a hand in both Aggie goals, teaming with LemMon on perfectly played 2-on-1 opportunity in the 34th minute that led to a crossing pass to LemMon which she put in for her team-high tying seventh goal of the season. Namdari then added more breathing room in the 67th minute when she tipped ion a long shot from the left by Amanda Marinac.
Conley, meanwhile, helped the scores stand up with nine saves. She was especially busy during the early part of the second half when the Mountaineers launched four shots on goal in the first 2-1/2 minutes. However, Conley stopped all of them and the Aggies were able to hold onto their 1-0 lead.
"It was a very competitive and fun game for us," said head coach Vianney Campos. "It was our goal to finish on a high note in honor or our seniors Sarah (Schneider) and Kristen (Lopez). We had some awesome and very well-thought-out goals. I am very proud of the team and excited for the training headed into 2012."
Appalachian State outshot UC Davis 17-14 but the Aggies put more on goal, 11-9. Schneider had two of them while Mattie Maloney - who along with Schneider were honored with prestigious NorPac awards on Wednesday - also had two.
The Aggies' defense was strong, especially in the first half when they didn't allow a shot for almost the first 30 minutes. And when the Mountaineers did manage three in a row over a two-minute span, two of them were stopped by Conley and the other was wide. UC Davis then turned the pressure to the offensive side, leading to LemMon's goal. and then 1-0 halftime lead.
UC Davis was sent to the consolation game after a tough 4-1 loss to Davidson College in Thursday's first round; a contest that was tied for much of the game before the Wildcats surged for three goals in the final 15 minutes.
Friday's game brings to a close the Aggies' third season since regaining varsity status in 2009. The Aggies had several highlights including receiving votes in the Kookaburra/NFHCA top 20 poll, nearly upsetting Cal at home on Oct. 23, and continuing to build a program that is receiving recognition across the country.