Oct. 2, 2011
DAVIS, Calif. - Two goals in the game's first 17 minutes, part of three unanswered scores from Cal State Northridge, helped the Matadors stop UC Davis 3-1 in a Big West Conference women's soccer match on Sunday afternoon at Aggie Soccer Field.
UC Davis, coming off an exciting 2-2 tie with No. 19 UC Irvine on Friday, fell to 6-4-1 overall and 0-1-1 in the Big West. The Matadors, picked to finish third by the league's head coaches in this year's conference title race, improved to 3-6-2 overall and 1-0-1 in the Big West.
Hannah Hicks scored her first career goal for UC Davis, striking in the 80th minute off an assist from Allison Kelly. That cut the Aggies' deficit to 3-1. They got another shot on goal in the 82nd minute as UC Davis put up late offensive pressure, but the Matadors turned the Aggies away down the stretch.
Cal State Northridge used two quick goals to take a 2-0 lead before the game was even 20 minutes old. The Matadors picked up their first goal in the 13th minute when Melissa Fernandez took a cross from Amanda Smith and headed it in from the right side. Less than four minutes later, they added another goal when UC Davis was called for a foul in the box, resulting in a penalty kick which Heidi Farran converted for her fifth goal of the season.
Aisha Lott nearly put the Aggies on the board in the 38th minute, putting a nice header to the right side of the goal only to have a Matador field player block it from going in. UC Davis took six shots over the first 17 minutes of the second half but were unable to get their first score.
Cal State Northridge added its final goal in the 64th minute when Jessica Yukihiro took a direct kick after a red card and put the ball in the upper left of the goal from 20 yards out. Hicks' goal late in the game rounded out the scoring. Kelly earned her fourth assist on the play, giving her a team-high 12 points this season.
"Today was not our best day," said Aggie coach Maryclaire Robinson. "But I'm very proud of our second half. The second half was a much better example of our play."
The Matadors held a 17-11 advantage on shots while their goalie Cynthia Jacobo had four saves. Maria Magana had six stops for UC Davis. Both teams had spectacular team saves.
UC Davis will return to action on Thursday when it visits UC Riverside for a 7 p.m. match.