Aug 30, 2013
STOCKTON, Calif. - The UC Davis women's soccer team tried to battle back from an early deficit against the University of Iowa on Friday afternoon, but the Hawkeyes made that goal stand up for a 1-0 win in a nonconference matchup at the University of the Pacific.
Goalie Taylor Jern had four saves for the Aggies who fell to 1-1 on the young season. Iowa, which picked up its goal from Cloe Lacasse in the 25th minute, improved to 3-1.
UC Davis put the early pressure on Iowa as Ashley Edwards took a pair shots in the game's first seven minutes, the latter which was saved by the Hawkeye's Hannah Clark.
Jern's save in the 20th minute kept the game scoreless while Clark matched her in the 23rd minute by saving Nicole Smolinski's shot. Lacasse then put Iowa in the lead two minutes later, taking a pass from Katie Nasenbenny and putting the ball into the left side of the net.
The score remained 1-0 into the second half as UC Davis and Iowa each had two shots on goal after halftime. The Aggies had five total shots over the final 24 minutes of the game and had three corner kicks in the last 10 but were unable to find the equalizer.
"We had a couple great opportunities early on that we couldn't convert," said Aggie coach Maryclaire Robinson. "I wish we got those back. We had excellent work rate and applied good pressure to create a few quality chances in the second half as well. It was a super game to be a part of with a tough result."
Four different players had shots on goal for UC Davis while Edwards led the way with three shots overall. Iowa outshot the Aggies 16-9. Clark had four saves for the Hawkeyes.
UC Davis will return to action on Sunday, hosting Drake at Aggie Soccer Field at 11 a.m.