Sept. 21, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Leifa Mayers and Shannon Mally each scored goals and the Aggie defense posted its second straight shutout as UC Davis defeated Cal State Bakersfield, 2-0, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's soccer game Sunday afternoon at Aggie Field.
With the win the Aggie improve to 3-3-1 on the season, 3-2 in conference action while the Roadrunners fall to 1-7 overall, 0-5 in CCAA play.
The two teams played a scoreless first half as both goalkeepers made big saves to thwart potential scores. Aggie keeper Krystyn Lizak recorded all four of her saves on the afternoon in the opening 45 minutes while her counterpart, Mary Ellen Arraztoa, made five of her 10 saves in the first half.
In the 64th minute, Aggie defender Katie Snyder looked as though she might break the tie when her blast from 35 yards beat Arraztoa only to hit the crossbar and fall straight down, where the Roadrunner goalkeeper gathered the loose ball. Less than a minute later, junior midfielder Tristan Ngoon possessed the ball deep in Bakersfield territory, dribbled along the endline before finding Mally in front of the Roadrunner net. Mally took one touch and found Mayers alone on the right side, who beat Arraztoa for the 1-0 lead. The Aggies would continue to pound the Bakersfield goal, outshooting the Roadrunners 15-1 in the second half and 24-6 for the game.
In the final minute and Bakersfield pushing up, Aggie defender Erin Fong cleared the ball from the Aggie end. It took one big bounce over the Bakersfield defense and to the feet of a streaking Mally, who registered her fourth goal of the season at 89:07 to close out the scoring.
"We knew coming in it was going to be a battle and it certainly was," said Aggie head coach MaryClarie Robinson. "It was a physical game and today we finished the opportunities we had. A lot of players contributed to this win."
UC Davis will next be in action on Sunday when it hosts Western Oregon in a non-conference game at Aggie Field. Gametime is set for noon.