Aug. 31, 2002
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Senior Cynthia Rail scored both goals as the UC Davis Aggies opened their 2002 season with a 2-0 victory over Seattle University Saturday night in the opening game of the 2002 Roadrunner Soccer Classic in Bakersfield.
Rail, the leading goal scorer in UC Davis history, put the Aggies on the board in the 30th minute after stealing the ball in the Seattle end. Her subsequent shot deflected off a Redhawk defender and found its way into the goal for the 1-0 lead.
The score would remain that way through halftime until the 66th minute when junior Tristan Ngoon controlled the ball in the Aggie end. She carried the ball almost 25 yards, dribbling through the Seattle defense before passing off to a streaking Rail who beat the Seattle keeper with her left foot to close out the scoring.
The Redhawks did have their chances, the best coming in the 37th minute when Tafara Pulse hit the post from the right edge of the penalty area. Her effort came barely four minutes after Schifferling made the save of the match when she tipped a high-driven ball just over the cross bar to keep the margin temporarily at one goal.
"It was a good win for us and we did well for our opener," said Aggie Head Coach MaryClaire Robinson. "Our depth really helped us today as it was hot and we were able to play a lot of players and keep up the pace. Cynthia did a good job of finishing and I thought (goalkeeper) Christine Ogden was good at keeping the ball out of our end. We were able to get the kinks out and now we will turn our attention to Humboldt State."
For the game, UC Davis outshot the Redhawks 15-7 while Ogden recorded three saves in goal.
UC Davis will next be in action on Monday when it faces Humboldt State in the second game of the Roadrunner Classic.
UC DAVIS WOMEN'S SOCCER
Seattle University (0-1) 0 0 - 0
UC DAVIS (1-0) 1 1 - 2
GOALS - UCD: Cynthia Rail (unassisted). 29:57; Rail (Tristan Ngoon), 66:48.
SAVES - UCD: Christine Ogden 3; SU: Emily Schifferling.
CORNER KICKS - UCD: 5; SU: 7.
FOULS - UCD: 17; SU: 14