DAVIS, Calif. – UC Davis took an early 2-0 lead in Saturday’s home scrimmage against Sonoma State and never looked back as the Aggies also scored the final two goals of the day to down the Seawolves, 4-1.
“This team was excited to compete against another opponent and record a victory,” said UC Davis head coach Twila Kaufman following the match. “We found some things that we need to work on before Friday’s [season opener], but we also have a number of things to highlight and celebrate.”
Sophomore defender Rachel Smith and freshman forward Kayla Collins were two newcomers who directly influenced Saturday’s final result; the duo were responsible for three of their team’s four goals.
Mere moments after entering the game in the 22nd minute, Smith redirected an Andrea Damian cross with a header that snuck inside the far post.
Damian’s pass originated on a free kick located just outside the penalty area near the end line.
Four minutes into the second period — three 30-minute periods took place throughout Saturday’s event — Collins scored the first of her two goals by capitalizing on a Sonoma State miscue.
After collecting a loose ball that ricocheted among players from both teams outside the 18-yard box, Collins quickly fired a shot towards the upper right-hand corner of the goal. That attempt eluded the outstretched arms of Sonoma State netminder Allison Hadidian, doubling UC Davis’ lead in the process.
Entering the final minutes of the second period, Collins found the back of the net once again when Hadidian was unable to handle the sheer force of another shot fired in her direction. Deflecting off her hands and chest, Hadidian lunged towards the ball but was unable to prevent it from rolling into her goal.
As was the case with Smith, Collins also scored on every shot taken throughout the afternoon. The former only took one of the Aggies’ eight shots, the latter was responsible for two.
By forcing another Sonoma State turnover midway throughout the third period, in its third of the field, Mari Pastor collected her second assist.
Able to wrestle the ball away from her opponent, Pastor and teammate Audrey Romano took full advantage of an odd-man scoring opportunity to extend the Aggies’ lead to 4-1.
After creating the turnover, Pastor quickly punched a cross to Romano; with one Sonoma State defender now forced to cover two Aggies, Romano wasted no time and connected on her only attempt of the match.
Pastor also set up Collins' second goal.
UC Davis will return to action on Friday, Aug. 22, at #CausewayCup rival Sacramento State, before ending its inaugural road trip of 2014 two days later at San Diego State. Kickoff for the Aggies’ season opener at Hornet Field is scheduled for 5 p.m.