Women's Soccer Upended 2-1 at Utah Valley

Ashley Edwards had three shots for UC Davis on Sunday.
 
Ashley Edwards had three shots for UC Davis on Sunday.
 

Sept. 15, 2013

Box Score

OREM, Utah - Utah Valley picked up a pair of goals in the first 21 minutes, UC Davis fought back early in the second half on Lexi Poppoff's score, but the host Wolverines held on for a 2-1 nonconference women's soccer win over the Aggies on Sunday at Clyde Field.

UC Davis dropped to 2-4-1 after the loss while Utah Valley upped its record to 2-5-0. Natalie Baker and Lexi Robison each scored goals for the Wolverines. The Aggies had twice as many overall shots (18-9) but UVU held a 6-4 advantage on shots on goal.

Utah Valley struck early in the game with two scores within a six-minute span. Baker staked the Wolverines to a quick 1-0 lead in the 16th minute when she hit a sliding shot off a ball from Kim Stratford and beat Aggie goalkeeper Taylor Jern who charged off her line to try and stop it.

Baker then found herself on the assisting end of the next UVU score when she passed to Robison whose left-footed shot from 20 yards found the upper left part of the goal in the 21st minute.

Trailing 2-0 after the break, UC Davis got back into the game thanks to Poppoff who scored her first goal of the season in the 49th minute. Poppoff put a loose ball into the lower right corner of the net with her left foot, beating Wolverine goalie Lauren Sack.

The Aggies tried to find the equalizer the rest of the way but were turned away. Ashley Edwards had a great opportunity to tie the match in the 56th minute but Sack made diving save of Edwards' strike. UC Davis had a shot in the first half go off the crossbar, negating another possible goal.

Poppoff had four shots for UC Davis while Edwards had three and Mari Pastor added two. Jern had four saves for the Aggies while Sack had three for UVU.

 

 

UC Davis remains on the road for its next two matches, facing Texas Tech (Friday) and host New Mexico (Sept. 22) in the Jack in the Box Classic in Albuquerque, N.M. next weekend.