Sept. 2, 2002
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Sophomore Leifa Mayers' goal in the 80th minute snapped a 1-1 tie and lifted UC Davis past Humboldt State, 2-1, and on to the 2002 Roadrunner Soccer Classic title Monday afternoon in Bakersfield.
With the win the Aggies improve to 2-0 on the season while Humboldt State falls to 1-1.
While the Aggies controlled play for much of the first half, it was the Lumberjacks that got on the board first. In the 34th minute, Jenna Hunter took a short pass near midfield and made a long, surging run down the right touchline. She cut into the box and beat Aggie goalkeeper Christine Ogden from close range for a 1-0 Humboldt lead.
UC Davis finally broke through with three seconds remaining in the first half after Humboldt goalkeeper Mariah Talbot took down Aggie midfielder Tristan Ngoon in the goalmouth, resulting in a penalty kick for UC Davis. Senior defender Carly Broaddus converted the penalty, tying the score at 1-1 entering halftime.
The second half mirrored the first and the match seemed destined for overtime until the Aggies took advantage of a Lumberjack turnover deep in their end. A failed clearance attempt found its way to the feet of Mayers at the top of the box and she slammed home the match winner in the 80th minute.
Talbot made two highlight reel saves in the closing minutes, including stuffing Broaddus on a second spot kick attempt with 5:37 to play, but the Lumberjacks could not find the equalizer.
"I thought we did a good job today as the conditions were very tough, it was hot," said Aggie Head Coach MaryClaire Robinson. "Defensively, we did a great job of maintaining their forwards, who are very dangerous. We were very focused today and far more efficient in moving forward and getting shots on the goal."
For the game, UC Davis outshot the Lumberjacks by a margin of 19-5, including a 10-2 edge in the second half. Ogden recorded two saves for UC Davis while Talbot was tested all afternoon, recording eight saves.
UC Davis is now off until next Tuesday, September 10, when it opens California Collegiate Athletic Association play at Sonoma State. That contest is scheduled to begin at 4:00pm.