Aug. 19, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Freshman Lexi Poppoff and junior Allison Kellyscored less than 90 seconds apart late in the second half on Friday night as UC Davis beat host San Francisco 2-0 in a season-opening nonconference women's soccer game for both teams at Negoesco Stadium.
The Aggies won their opener for the second straight year, both of them coming on the road. The Dons outshot UC Davis 11-8 but were held without an attempt over the final 14 minutes, 53 seconds of the game while the Aggies converted two of their final four chances.
The game was scoreless for the first 80 minutes but Poppoff, from Tracy High School, took a pass from Mary Beth Mazurek on a breakaway and beat goalie Gabby Guaiumi to the near post from 15 yards out, putting UC Davis in front 1-0. Just 78 seconds later, Poppoff sent a pass to Kelly who hit a bending shot to the upper corner from the near post, giving the Aggies a two-goal advantage in the 82nd minute.
Maria Maganawent the distance in goal for UC Davis, collecting six saves. Guaimi had three for the Dons.
The teams fought through a defensive scoreless first half on Friday with both teams managing just four shots. It took more than nine minutes for either team to take the first shot and it wasn't until the 16th minute that there was an attempt on goal, that coming from Rachel Kahn.
Neither team could find the back of the net through the early parts of the second half but the Dons applied some pressure with three shots during a four-minute span, all three of them resulting in saves for Magana. She added another save in the 63rd minute - her fourth of the half - to keep the game scoreless.
Jaciara Mello's shot in the 76th minute, also saved by Magana, was San Francisco's final one of the game. UC Davis managed the final four attempts, scoring on a pair, including back-to-back shots from Poppoff and Kelly.
The Aggies had 10 corner kicks to the Dons' two.
UC Davis, which beat rival Sacramento State 1-0 in its opener last year, will play its first home game of the year on Sunday when it hosts Seattle University at 1 p.m. at Aggie Soccer Field.