Nov. 7, 2013
LYNCHBURG, Va. - Sophia Lisaius helped UC Davis take an early 1-0 lead with her 18th-minute goal in Thursday's opening-round game at the NorPac Championships in Lynchburg, Va., another goal from Danielle Koehne and two from Cloey LemMon helped the Aggies leave Liberty Field Hockey Field with a 4-2 victory over Radford.
UC Davis will now face tournament host Liberty, the East Division's top seed, in Friday's 10:30 a.m. (PT) semifinal matchup with a 6-12 overall record. Relegated to consolation action, Radford falls to 5-15 with the loss.
The win is the Aggies' first at the NorPac Championships since the program returned to action in 2009. By advancing to the finals, UC Davis is guaranteed another two games as a third place game is scheduled to take place before the championship contest Saturday morning.
Starting with Lisaius' goal, her third of the year, UC Davis beat Radford goalkeeper Sidney Ecarnacion twice within a nine-minute timespan to build its first two-goal cushion.
As the game progressed, Radford pulled within one on two occasions. As hard as the Highlanders worked just to pull within striking distance, UC Davis quickly regained control to build its lead to a more comfortable size.
Finding Lisaius from five yards out on the right side of the arc to open the day's scoring was Augustina Singh. The freshman forward also earned an assist on the Aggies' first goal of the second half to finish with a season-high total.
Singh also found Koehne among a group of players in front of Radford's cage in the 41st minute, a pass that was quickly one-timed over Encarnacion's shoulder. Koehne now has six goals to her credit, trailing only LemMon who now leads the team with seven after Thursday's performance.
Responsible for the Aggies' other goal scored in the first half, LemMon iced the game with two minutes remaining from point-blank range off a pass from Koehne to cement the result and help her team accomplish a program first.
In addition to outshooting the Highlanders 11-6, the Aggies generated twice as many scoring opportunities off penalty corners to finish with six.
Even though Encarnacion recorded more saves than her UC Davis counterpart, she was by far the more active goalkeeper of the two due to the Aggies were able to keep most of the action on Radford's half of the field. When the Highlanders were able to create a chance of their own, UC Davis' defenders responded by clogging all shooting lanes in a timely manner.
UC Davis' dominance on both sides of the field was reflected in the fact that its goalkeeper, Danielle Herrington, needed to make only one save throughout the entire game to collect her sixth win of the year.
Up next for the Aggies is a rematch against Liberty, an opponent the team already faced earlier this season. In one of the Aggies' neutral-site "home" games held in Berkeley, the Flames withstood a late UC Davis scoring push, and benefitted from a random break to leave Maxwell Family Field with a slim 2-1 win.
In that matchup, both teams scored within seven minutes of one another; only an unlucky bounce with 48 seconds left in regulation was the difference between defeat, and a potential UC Davis victory.