Sept. 11, 2011
DAVIS, Calif. - Lisa Kemp and Annacy Wilson each scored in the first half on Sunday afternoon - the third straight game the Aggies have put two goals in before halftime - as UC Davis won its fourth straight match with a 2-0 nonconference women's soccer win over UNLV at Aggie Soccer Field.
The four-game winning streak is UC Davis' first since 2009 and improved their overall record to 5-1. The Rebels fell to 2-5-1 on the season. The Aggies began their recent streak with a win over Sacramento State on Aug. 21, beat San Jose State a week ago and then swept Creighton and UNLV with 2-0 victories this weekend.
Kemp, who also scored in Friday's win, put UC Davis on the board in the 27th minute, rebounding Allison Kelly's shot that was saved by Rebels' goalie Kylie Wassell. The ball bounced off her hands in front of the goal and Kemp punched it into a wide-open net for her third goal of the season, all in the last three games. It also gave her a team-high eight points.
The score remained 1-0 until late in the half when Annacy Wilson took a pass on the left wing from freshman Lexi Poppoff and fired a shot that scrambled through Wassell in the 43rd minute. It was Wilson's first goal of the year while Poppoff had her team-leading fourth assist.
UC Davis also had two first-half goals against San Jose State and Creighton.
"Getting that second goal right before the end of the half was really nice," said head coach MaryClaire Robinson. "We had some chances but as I've said before it's all about finishing the opportunities. And 1-0 is always a tight game... but going up 2-0, that changes the game."
The teams combined for 13 shots in the second half but shots on goal where hard to come by.
For the Aggies, the winning streak matches four straight victories from early in the 2009 season when they beat Marist, Cal State Bakersfield, Montana and Eastern Washington. It also brings to a close a successful start to the season at Aggie Soccer Field where they've won three of their first four games.
UC Davis will head back to the road for games next weekend at the Oregon State Nike Invitational Tournament. The Aggies will face Oregon on Friday afternoon at 4:30 before facing the tournament hosts on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.