Sept. 27, 2009
DAVIS, Calif. - Senior forward Rochelle VanBuskirk scored on a penalty kick in the second minute then completed a transition opportunity in the 51st to lift UC Davis to a 2-1 victory over Nevada in non-conference women's collegiate soccer action at Aggie Soccer Stadium Sunday afternoon.
The Aggies improve to 5-2-1 with the win. The Wolf Pack falls to 3-8 on the year.
The two UC Davis goals mark the eighth and ninth for VanBuskirk, who already tops the Big West Conference and ranks among national leaders in goals and points. As a team, the Aggies now have 22 goals for the year, also leading the Big West.
VanBuskirk put the first challenge on the Nevada net less than two minutes into the game. She collected a pass from Marisa Boge was fouled from behind on her way toward the frame, then awarded the penalty kick. VanBuskirk then converted for the game's first goal at 1:41.
UC Davis, which outshot its guest by a 21-8 margin, managed several more opportunities to score in the first half. With less than two minutes remaining before the break, freshman Alex Gatti found herself alone in transition near the right corner of the penalty box. But Nevada goalkeeper Marie Cove slid in smothered the attempt for her third save of the contest.
The Wolf Pack's best opportunity to equalize came in the 14th minute, as midfielder Ellie Stott's rip sailed just high of the cross bar. The at the 28:58 mark in the second, junior Kesia Broome had a chance to capitalize on a corner kick. Her shot also drifted high of the target.
The Aggies extended the lead to 2-0 in the 51st minute during a transition play. Sophomore Lisa Kemp sent the ball to senior Jordan Martin along the right side, who in turn delivered a pass to VanBuskirk inside the penalty box. VanBuskirk took one step toward the right post, then planted it into the net at 50:47.
Nevada eventually reached the board in the 83rd minute as Natalie Ratnavira served a long pass to Broome, who was approaching along the right side of the goal. She placed her shot just inside the near post for her first goal of the season. Both teams engaged in a flurry of offensive chances in the game's final minutes, but neither could convert, allowing the 2-1 Aggie margin to stand.
Cove and freshman Dana Moreno each played one half at goalkeeper, respectively posting three and five saves, while their counterpart Sarah Peters recorded three saves for UC Davis.
The Aggies compete in their final non-conference game on Friday at home against Saint Mary's before beginning Big West Conference action at Long Beach State two days later.