Mustangs Score Late To Spoil Aggie Season-Opener

Junior midfielder Kristin Aja's second career goal tied the score at 2-2 Sunday afternoon against Cal Poly. (Mark Honbo/UCD Athletic Media Relations)
 
Junior midfielder Kristin Aja's second career goal tied the score at 2-2 Sunday afternoon against Cal Poly. (Mark Honbo/UCD Athletic Media Relations)
 

Aug. 29, 2004

DAVIS, Calif. - Sharon Day scored two goals on the afternoon, the second being the game-winner in the 88th minute, as No.22 Cal Poly spoiled UC Davis' season-opener with a 3-2 victory Sunday afternoon at Aggie Field.

The win moves the Mustangs to 1-0-1 on the season while UC Davis is now 0-1. Cal Poly was coming off a 2-2 tie against No.3 Santa Clara on Friday night.

The Aggies jumped out first in the 11th minute when junior forward Lindsey Raymond sent a thru ball to a streaking Alison Green just outside the top of the box. Green took one touch and send a low shot past Mustang keeper Liz Hill, who was charging from the net, that beat Hill inside the left post for the 1-0 lead. Just over three minutes later Day evened the score as Kelsey Carroll raced down the left side before crossing the ball in front of Aggie keeper Krystyn Lizak. All alone, Day dribbled around Lizak and shot into an empty net, making it 1-1.

Nine minutes into the second half Cal Poly took a 2-1 lead when Alexa Juntulovich, standing in front of the Aggie goal, took a crossing pass from Erica Zumbahlen and beat Lizak low to the far post. The play began on the Mustang half of the field as Anna LaRash send a long pass up the right side to Zumbahlen, who dribbled to the end line before crossing the ball.

In the 75th minute Aggie junior midfielder Kristin Aja tied the score at 2-2 as she drilled a volley from 15 yards out to the top right corner of the net, resulting in her second career score as an Aggie and first this season. The Mustang pressure proved to be too much as after hitting the post and just missing out on other scoring opportunities, Day struck the game-winner with just under three minutes to go. Stephanie Hedien sent a crossing pass from the left corner that Day headed toward the goal. After the ball deflected off an Aggie defender it found its way to the net for the final margin of victory.

"It was a great game," said Aggie head coach MaryClaire Robinson. "I'm really proud of how we played. We battled, tested their keeper, scored goals and came back. It was a great season opener on a lot of levels."

 

 

Cal Poly head coach Alex Crozier agreed with Robinson's critique of the Aggies. "I thought they played well. They work hard, play together, and do the simple things. They are not a team to take lightly."

For the game the Mustangs outshot the Aggies, 20-10, forcing Lizak into four saves while Hill saved three shots in the Cal Poly net.

UC Davis is next in action on Friday when it faces Iona College in Long Beach. Gametime is set for 2 pm.