Sept. 12, 2004
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Freshman forward Cara Nordin scored two second-half goals to break open a close game and lift Texas, El Paso to a 3-1 victory over UC Davis in a women's soccer match during the second and final round of the Highlander Classic.
With the loss the Aggies fall to 1-4 on the season while UTEP improves to 5-1.
The Miners shot out of the gate first, scoring within 12 minutes. Freshman forward Jami Tullius found space in the box to hit sophomore midfielder Kelli Yeamans. Yeamans struck a left-footed shot from 12 yards into the left corner for her second goal of the season.
The Aggies found the equalizer just after halftime, scoring within a minute of the restart. Sophomore defender Erin Fong collected a pass from freshman forward Megan Wall and, from 30 yards out, skipped the ball into the right corner of the goal. It marked the first goal of Fong's Aggie career.
With the score knotted at one, both teams attacked, looking for the lead. UTEP managed to find it in the 59th minute, working the ball in the right corner. Sophomore forward Christine McCartney delivered a cross from the right side and Nordin found herself unmarked in the six-yard box. Nordin easily tapped the ball in for her third goal of the year, giving UTEP the 2-1 advantage.
Nordin struck again eight minutes later, dribbling through the Aggie defense and rifling a right-footed shot into the top of the net from 10 yards out. From there, both sides had more opportunities but neither team was able to score.
Junior Krystyn Lizak and sophomore Megan Daws split time in goal for the Aggies with Daws making one save. Miner goalie Brittany Popoff made four saves in the win.
UC Davis returns home on Friday when it hosts Cal State Northridge at Aggie Field. Gametime is set for 4 pm.
UC DAVIS WOMEN'S SOCCER
UC DAVIS (1-4) 0 1 - 1
Texas, El Paso (5-1) 1 2 - 3
GOALS - UCD: Erin Fong (Megan Wall); UTEP: Kelli Yeamans (Jami Tullius), Cara Nordin (Christine McCartney), Cara Nordin (unass.).
SAVES: UCD: Krystyn Lizak 0, Megan Daws 1; UTEP: Brittany Popoff 4.