Sept. 10, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Adrianna Diaz's goal in the 69th minute proved to be the game-winner as Sonoma State came away with the 2-1 victory over UC Davis in the California Collegiate Athletic Association women's soccer opener for both teams Wednesday at Aggie Field.
The Aggies move to 0-2-1 on the season while the Seawolves improve to 2-2-0.
Sonoma opened the scoring in the 10th minute as forward Crystal Howard took a pass from Amber Hendrix and put the ball in the upper right corner of the goal from 18 yards out, beating Aggie goalkeeper Krystyn Lizak. It marked the only shot the Seawolves would get off in the first half.
After pressuring Seawolves goalkeeper Kellie Campbell much of the first half, the Aggies finally broke through in the 35th minute as Shannon Mally collected the ball in front of the Sonoma goal and beat Campbell to the far post, tying the score. Arlene Tuttle began the play as she sent the ball in to Roxanne Croze, who one-touched it to Mally for the equalizer. Both Tuttle and Croze were given assists on the play.
Despite outshooting Sonoma 8-1 in the half, the game entered the second period tied at 1-1.
Again the Aggies seemed to control play until Sonoma struck for the game winner. Hendrix started the play along the left side and sent the ball to Elise Garvey, who found Diaz about 15 yards from the Aggie goal. Diaz volleyed the ball to the far side past a diving Lizak for the game-winner. UC Davis would pressure late as Croze's blast from the top of the box hit the crossbar in the 75th minute, but it went over the goal.
For the game the Aggies outshot Sonoma, 15-5, forcing Campbell to make six saves while Lizak finished with one.
"The CCAA is a good conference and we just have to get tougher and faster in our attack," said Aggie head coach MaryClaire Robinson. "I thought we had some good opportunities, but we're a young team making young mistakes and it's coming, it's just taking some time."
UC Davis will next be in action on Saturday when it continues CCAA play with a 3pm matchup at San Francisco State.