Sept. 28, 2012
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Junior midfielder Ashley Edwards picked off an errant clear attempt then assisted freshman Sienna Drizinfor the game-winning goal in the eighth minute of overtime, lifting UC Davis to a 2-1 victory over UC Santa Barbara in a Big West Conference women's soccer match at Harder Stadium Friday night.
The Aggies improve to 6-4-1 for the year and open conference play at 1-0. The Gauchos slip to 3-7-1 overall and 0-1 in Big West action.
Drizin and senior Allison Kelly accounted for the two UC Davis goals in the contest, while sophomore Madison Beckley had UC Santa Barbara's lone goal. Sophomore Taylor Jernmatched her career high with eight saves in front of the Aggie cage, including six stops during the first half.
After almost 76 minutes of scoreless play between the two minutes, Kelly put UC Davis on the board with an unassisted score. The Aggies had threatened with four shots in a span of four minutes before Kelly nabbed a pass back to Gaucho keeper Makenna Henry. She fired into the open net for the contest's first goal.
UCSB managed three attempts on the UC Davis cage during the eight minutes that followed, one which hit the post and two that Jern stopped. Then in the 86th minute, the Gauchos equalized. Advancing up the right flank, Dyanne Anderson sent a cross from 22 yards to the left post. Beckley sent it into the net on a header, tying the game at 1-1.
Only Aggie junior Hannah Hicks managed to unload a shot in the final 4:19 of regulation. Henry posted saves against Kiele Argenteand Edwards early in the extra frame before UC Davis scored its winner. As it had on Kelly's goal, it was a stray pass back to the goalkeeper that provided the Aggies with an opportunity. Edwards nabbed the clear attempt and immediately sent the ball to Drizin, who fired point-blank into the frame.
"It was a great team effort today," said head coach Maryclaire Robinson. "We had excellent work rate from Hannah Hicks and Keile Argente in the midfield. Allison Kelly and Sienna Drizin provided hustle up high and Taylor Jern made a phenonmenal save to keep the lead early in the game. We created our goals off half-chances. Alli pressed the keeper to push the ball into an open net and Ashley Edwards pressured clearance off of a Kiele Argente serve which deflected to Sienna for the game-winner.
UC Davis outshot its host by a 16-12 margin, with a 13-4 advantage after halftime. Furthermore, Friday's win marks the first time the Aggies have won their conference opener in six years as a Big West member.
UC Davis wraps up its Central Coast road trip with a Big West matchup at Cal Poly on Sunday at noon.