Kiele Argente had a goal and an assist and UC Davis outshot Northern Arizona 29-7, as the Aggies blanked the Lumberjacks 3-0 in a nonconference women's soccer match on Sunday afternoon at Aggie Soccer Field, completing a strong weekend of action.
UC Davis, which took highly regarded Cal to double-overtime before falling 2-1 on Friday afternoon, improved to 4-1-1 with the win, while Northern Arizona fell to 1-5-1. Ashley Edwards and Taylor Duffner also scored for the Aggies while Lauren Weaver had nine saves - all in the first half - for the Lumberjacks.
UC Davis dominated the offensive statistics but had to survive an early barrage from Northern Arizona to keep the Lumberjacks off the scoreboard. Jern made a save off Haley Wingender's shot in the second minute, then couldn't reach Emily Roth's attempt that hit the bar. Shawnee Morgan's shot was then saved by Jern a few seconds later as the Aggies turned Northern Arizona away.
UC Davis, then reversed the table and took six shots on goal over a 14-minute span, but couldn't get anything by Weaver until she came out to the right of the goal to try and stop a ball being played by Argente in the 20th minute. Argente was able to slide a cross past Weaver which was poked in by a sliding Edwards who scored her third goal of the season.
The Aggies added another score just before halftime when Stephanie Bell played a nice ball ahead of the Lumberjacks' defense which was gathered by Taylor Duffner who fired into the back of the net from 15 yards for a 2-0 lead.
UC Davis outshot Northern Arizona 17-5 in the opening 45 minutes.
The Aggies maintained the two-goal advantage until the Lumberjacks were called for a handball in the box in the 73rd minute. Argente put the ensuing penalty kick into the right side of the net for an insurance goal.
UC Davis head coach Maryclaire Robinson was pleased to see her team come back with a strong effort after a similar effort against Cal that resulted in a difficult loss.
"We talked about this in pregame, this is the grind where you represent, you do a great job on Friday but don't get the result you want, and then you have to go back to the grind and find a way to be composed, focused and determined to win the Sunday game," she said.
The win brought to a close a busy homestand to start the season which saw the UC Davis play five of its first six games at Aggie Soccer Field. They'll now go on the road for seven straight matches, beginning with the Saint Mary's Tournament next weekend. The Aggies will face the host Gaels on Friday at 4 p.m. before battling Cal State Bakersfield at 11 a.m. on Sunday.
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