DAVIS, Calif. -- Visiting Sacramento State scored the lone goal of the contest in the 32nd minute, lifting the Hornets to a, 1-0, non-conference victory over UC Davis in warm, humid conditions on Monday afternoon at the Aggie Soccer Field.
The Aggies fell to 1-7 overall with the defeat, suffering their sixth one-goal loss and seventh match decided by a single score. Sacramento State, which had been winless (0-7-3) in its previous 10 meetings with UC Davis, won in the series for the first time since 2006, improving to 4-3 overall in 2017.
"If you consider what we dealt with today, I'm not pleased with the result, but I'm very pleased with the effort of our team and I think that's a very, very, good sign going forward," Head Coach Twila Kaufman said.
A depleted UC Davis squad opened with a starting 11 that was missing three starters, and lost another for the remainder of the match due to injury just 32 minutes into the contest. One of the new faces was redshirt freshman Jessica Lima, who stepped into the breach between the pipes for her first career appearance and showed well, making three saves to thwart a trio of scoring chances for the Hornets.
Lima made a diving stop on a 30-yard rocket off the foot of Bonnie Ford in the 12th minute and punched a left-footed shot over the cage by Caitlin Prothe in the 16th minute. Lima also socked away an attempt by Kylee Kim-Bustillos in the 61st minute to keep her side close after the Hornet striker found some space at the top of the 18.
"Jessica is an incredible shot-stopper and an incredible 1-v-1 goalkeeper," Kaufman said. "Injury forced us into a scenario that I felt comfortable with and Jessica proved today why we can do that."
Skylar Littlefield found teammate Kylee Kim-Bustillos making a run down the right side and she fired a ball across to the back post where Kayla Collins was cutting in. Collins was able to stick a foot out and flick it over the defense to the end line, where an Aggie defender tried to kick it away from danger, but was a tick too late, as the shot went in for the 1-0 lead with 13 minutes to play in the half.
After allowing eight shots in the first period, the UC Davis defense buckled down, giving up just four in the second half while chasing a goal. Kristina Sola, Sydney Burger, and Mandy McKeegan each had attempts after the break, which featured a brief rain shower, but were unable to find the back of the net
Emma Hasco and Mahlah Catline also logged first-half shots for the Aggies, who continued to create chances thanks to seven corners on the day.
"No coach or player wants to be where we're at right now record-wise, but I do know a lot of coaches and players would like to have the talent that we have, and the type of players we have coming back into the fold at the start of conference play," Kaufman said.
"We're beat down a little bit, and a little bit perplexed, but definitely not destroyed, definitely not broken. Out of this type of adversity is where real strength is born and I think you're going to see a turnaround in this season."
UC Davis returns to the field on Friday (Sept. 15) at 4 p.m., hosting Samford at the Aggie Soccer Field in the second match of a five-game home stand.
Soccer Game Summary (Final)
Sacramento State (4-3 Overall) vs. UC Davis (1-7 Overall)
Date: Sep 11, 2017 Attendance: 397
Weather: 98 deg.; 23% humidity; wispy clouds
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Sacramento State.... 1 0 - 1
UC Davis................ 0 0 - 0
1. 31:55 SAC COLLINS,Kayla (KIM-BUSTILLOS,Kylee;LITTLEFIELD,Skylar) - ball down right side, crossed to back post, flicked in over defense
Shots: Sacramento State 12, UC Davis 5
Saves: Sacramento State 0 (), UC Davis 3 (Lima, Jessica 3)
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