Sept. 22, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Two overtime periods were needed in Sunday afternoon's tournament finale from the UNM Soccer Complex, a non-conference match that saw UC Davis and the host New Mexico Lobos battle for 110 minutes to a 0-0 tie.
The result is the Aggies' second double-overtime draw in as many weeks and pushes their record to 2-5-2. New Mexico earned a rare tie on its home field and exits its annual Jack in the Box Classic with a 2-7-1 overall mark.
Entering the 2013 season, only four out of 31 New Mexico home matches played throughout the previous four seasons ended in a stalemate.
On Sept. 13, at Utah, UC Davis recorded its first tie of the season in its 2-2 tussle against the Utes.
"Our focus was to improve our mentality and to fine tune our play in our opponent's third of the field. We made great strides today, against a physical team, in a match that was a great show of character," said UC Davis head coach Maryclaire Robinson.
Sunday's contest was an evenly fought matchup throughout regulation as each team took nine shots and recorded one on goal.
UC Davis did generate four corner kicks throughout the first 90 minutes compared to the Lobos' one, an opportunity that took place in the initial moments of the match and was quickly neutralized by the Aggies.
Once overtime began, the pace of play picked up dramatically as the action bounced back-and-forth from one side of the field to the other throughout both extra periods.
Even though New Mexico forced UC Davis goalkeeper Taylor Jern to make two saves throughout the initial 10-minute session, neither Lobo opportunity was dangerous enough to end the afternoon's affair.
As was the case earlier in the afternoon when she recorded her lone save during regulation, Jern negated the efforts of New Mexico's Ruth Bruciaga five minutes into the first overtime — the only moment New Mexico forced the junior netminder to exert herself in goal at any point of the match.
A free kick taken on the left side of New Mexico's penalty area four minutes later from Nicole Smolinski
forced Lobo netminder Cassie Ulrich to make the play needed to prevent the Aggies from leaving Albuquerque with a victory.
Even though New Mexico outshot UC Davis 12-10, and recorded twice as many shots on goal, the Aggies' stellar play from their backline, and Jern's efforts in the first overtime were enough to keep the Lobos off the scoreboard.
Ashley Edwards and Bridget Berman led all Aggies with two shots; the former and Smolinski were the pair of players who tested Ulrich and forced her to make a save on their attempts to score.
Lindsey O'Tousa also tallied her first shot of the year, an attempt from the far left wing in the minutes leading up to halftime.
UC Davis will continue its nine-match road trip Friday evening at Pacific, its final tune-up prior to the start of Big West action on Oct. 10, at Long Beach State.
"It will be nice to return to campus; we've been on the road all month and it is starting to take its toll. This portion of our schedule has shown how resilient a group this is. I'm excited to face Pacific later this week," said Robinson.