Sept. 16, 2012
MORAGA, Calif. - Emily Noethe's goal midway through the second half on Sunday afternoon proved to be the only score of the match as Cal State Bakersfield held on to beat UC Davis 1-0 on the final day of the Saint Mary's Tournament.
The Aggies, who lost to the host Gaels on Friday afternoon in their tournament opener and are 4-3-1, had nine shots in Sunday's game including three on goal. The Roadrunners improved to 3-6-1. Ana Marija Sola, named to the all-tournament team along with defender Mary Beth Mazurek, had a game-high tying four shots.
"While it was a rough weekend in terms of finishing, we are playng some great soccer," said Aggie coach Maryclaire Robinson. "We found a variety of ways to get in behind. Our forwards and midfielders were dangerous and created excellent chances."
Neither team was able to score in the first half although Cal State Bakersfield had 10 chances including eight of the first nine shots. Aggie goalkeeper Taylor Jern saved six shots in the opening 45 minutes while the Gaels' Samantha Estrada stopped UC Davis' only shot on the goal.
The Aggies turned the offense up in the second half, doubling up the shots on the Roadrunners, 6-3. Ashley Edwards and Hannah Hicks had two early chances after halftime but Noethe was able to find the back of the net with her first goal of the season when she scored on a breakaway. Her shot, from assists by Sam Pena and Taylor Wheeler, found the lower right corner of the net.
UC Davis had two shots on goal in the final 23 minutes and then saw Sola's header in the 90th minute blocked as it tried to even the game but was unsuccessful.
"It's a bummer to get skunked in front of the net (but) we're a resilient group & looking forward to next weekend," Robinson said.
UC Davis, in the midst of seven straight games away from its home field, will play at the UC Riverside Tournament next Friday and Sunday. The Aggies will face Lamar at 4 p.m. on Friday before taking on New Mexico on Sunday at 10 a.m.