Sept. 28, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. -
Mary Mulkey's goal in the 14th minute put the Wolves on top and the defense made it stand as Western Oregon defeated UC Davis, 1-0, in a non-conference women's soccer match Sunday afternoon at Aggie Field.
With the loss the Aggies fall to 3-4-1 on the seas
on while Western Oregon improves to 3-7.
UC Davis dominated play throughout the game, keeping the ball in the Wolves end of the field much of the day. Early in the contest the Aggie defense tried to clear the ball out of its own end. Mulkey jumped in front of the ball, redirecting it towards the Aggie goal. With the defense pushing up, Mulkey was alone on the left side with only Aggie goalkeeper Krystyn Lizak to beat. After two touches, Lizak charged out and Mulkey beat her low for the game's lone goal.
The Aggies looked as though they were about to get on the board later in the half when midfielder Leifa Mayers' shot from the left side hit the crossbar and went straight down before Wolves goalkeeper Moani Mundo grabbed it off the goal line.
The Aggies would also have their chances in the second half. After holding Western Oregon to just three shots in the opening 45 minutes, the Wolves did not manage to get off a shot in the second half while the Aggies took 10. With the ball in front of the Wolves goal much of the second half, UC Davis could not find the touch to get one in.
In the 73rd minute midfielder Roxanne Croze's header off a Tristan Ngoon corner hit the near post before glancing out of bounds. The Aggies would have other chances but all proved unsuccessful as Mundo made four saves on the day to keep UC Davis off the scoreboard.
"We had so many chances today and could not sneak one past the keeper," said Aggie head coach MaryClaire Robinson. "It was the best 90 minutes we have played this year and we did a lot of things right, we just have to finish our chances. It was like going to an all-you-can-eat buffet and leaving hungry."
For the day UC Davis outshot Western Oregon, 16-3, while Lizak finished the game with two saves.
UC Davis will next be in action on October 3 when it travels to Phoenix for a 5pm matchup against Grand Canyon University.