Sept. 17, 2002
DAVIS, Calif. - Amanda Medrano collected a rebound in front of the Wildcat goal and deposited it into the back of the net in the 76th minute, giving UC Davis a lead it would not surrender as the Aggies remained unbeaten in a 2-1, victory over Chico State in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's soccer game in front of 150 at Aggie Field Tuesday afternoon.
With the victory, UC Davis improves to 5-0 on the season and improves to 3-0 in conference play while Chico State falls to 3-3-1, 0-2-1 in CCAA action.
While UC Davis controlled play for much of the first half, it was Chico State who got on the board first. In the 29th minute, Amy Swanson gather the ball in the left corner near the goal line. With no defender in he way, Swanson carried the ball about 10 yards toward the goal before beating Aggie keeper Christine Ogden to the far side for the 1-0 lead.
Just over four minutes later, the Aggies would tie it up as freshman Sita Kuteira gathered the rebounded shot of teammate Katie Shesgreen and put it back past a diving Angela Orr, knotting the score at 1-1. The score remained tied at 1-1 throughout halftime even though UC Davis held a 13-3 advantage in shots at the break. Orr kept the Wildcats close as she made five saves in the opening 45 minutes.
The two teams would go back and forth over the opening 30 minutes of the second half. It was the Aggies that had more chances and finally converted in the 76th minute as Melissa Reid's cross from the left side found its way in front of the Wildcat net. Leifa Mayers shot was blocked by Orr, but she couldn't possess and the ball rebounded to Medrano who tapped it in for the game-winner. It was Medrano's second goal of the season.
For the game, UC Davis outshot Chico, 17-9, while Ogden finished with four saves and Orr made eight.
"This is another big win. This conference is treacherous and today was a total team win," said Aggie Head Coach MaryClarie Robinson. "We had to battle, play tough and take some hits. We hung in there and took advantage of the some good opportunities.
"We have such a history with our NorCal opponents," Robinson continued. "It's not just physical, it's an emotional battle. This was a really hard team win."
UC Davis' next action is a road match at Cal State Stanislaus on Friday, September 20.