Nov. 8, 2013
LYNCHBURG, Va. - Two early Liberty goals in Friday's semifinal match from Liberty Field Hockey Field at the NorPac Championships caught UC Davis off-guard; as the game progressed, the Flames' home-field advantage proved too much to handle as the Aggies fell 6-0.
UC Davis will compete for third place against Longwood, and enter that game with a 6-13 overall record. Liberty will face Stanford in the championship event with a 16-4 mark.
In their previous matchup earlier this season in Berkeley, neither team scored until the second half; a redirect in front of the Aggies' goal in the final minute of that contest served as the deciding play that evening.
On Friday afternoon, on its own field and in front of a partisan crowd, Liberty scored twice within the first 7:07 to push UC Davis into an early 2-0 hole. The Flames tacked on another three goals prior to halftime to generate a lead too large for the Aggies to erase.
Augustina Singh, Danielle Koehne and Kristin Rodgers recorded the Aggies' three shots recorded in their first-ever postseason semifinal game; the first two were collectively responsible for the team's shots on goal.
Splitting time in the cage for UC Davis were goalkeepers Elizabeth Lee, who made her debut as an Aggie, and Danielle Herrington. Of the seven saves earned by UC Davis, Lee collected four.
The Aggies will now end their stay at the NorPac Championships with its inaugural opportunity to compete in the tournament's final day. Forced to compete in the consolation bracket in years past, this year's team can return to Davis as the league's third-place team, if successful against the Longwood Lancers - the East Division's No. 2 seed.
In its semifinal contest, Longwood also suffered a 5-0 shutout loss against Stanford, the league's only nationally ranked team.
Saturday's matchup is the first against Longwood in just over three years; at the 2010 NorPac Championships, UC Davis fell 6-2 in that event's opening round and was forced to conclude its tournament schedule in the consolation bracket.
Video stream and live stats links for the Aggies' final playoff game are available at ucdavisaggies.com.