Sept. 17, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - Junior midfielder Brianna Monka took a pass from Suzanne Mischenko then outran the defense before beating Aggie keeper Krystyn Lizak to score the game winner in overtime as Cal State Northridge defeated UC Davis 1-0 in a women's soccer game Friday afternoon at Aggie Field.
With the loss the Aggies fall to 1-5 on the season while the Matadors improve to 4-1-1.
With less than two minutes remaining in overtime, Northridge gained possession on the left side just across midfield. Mischenko then sent a long pass over the Aggie defense to a streaking Monka in the middle of the field, who corralled the ball outside the 18-yard box with only Lizak to beat. As Lizak came out, Monka slide a low shot inside the far post for the game's only score at 98:48, ending a tightly contested game in which both teams had chances to win in regulation.
In the first half UC Davis had the wind at its back and had the better chances early. Junior midfielder Kristin Aja had a blast inside the 18 go wide and freshman forward Annie McAllister saw her shot from 12 yards in front of the net said over the crossbar. At halftime the Aggies held an 8-3 shot advantage over the Matadors.
In the second Northridge began to attack more. It put up eight shots in the period, forcing Lizak into four saves, the biggest coming when she slide into a Rebecca Hidalgo shot inside the 18-yard box, clearing the ball with her foot. With under 30 seconds remaining in regulation the Matadors received a free kick just outside the penalty box on the left side, but they did not convert as the game went into overtime.
"It is a heartbreaker inside to lose in overtime," said Aggie head coach MaryClaire Robinson. "Everybody had chances in this game and the difference was they finished one and we didn't.
"I thought this was our best 90 minutes so far this season," Robinson continued. "We created many good scoring chances but we made a mistake at the end and they made us pay."
For the game the Aggies held an 18-13 advantage in shots while each team had four corner kicks. In goal, Lizak finished with four saves while Matador keeper Karen Comstock recorded two, both in the first half.
UC Davis is next in action on Sunday when it hosts UC Santa Barbara at Aggie Field. Gametime is set for noon.