DAVIS, Calif. -- Sophomore Mckenna Moriarty and freshman Mahlah Catline each found the back of the net -- the latter netting the game-winner with just over eight minutes to play in regulation on Thursday afternoon, helping UC Davis remain undefeated in BIg West Conference play with a, 2-1, victory over visiting Cal Poly at Aggie Soccer Field.
The Aggies won their second straight contest to improve to 3-9 overall and 2-0 in league play, claiming back-to-back victories for the first time this season and the first since posting three straight wins from Sept. 20 - Oct. 1, 2015. UC Davis also remained unbeaten in its last four in the series with the Mustangs, improving to 3-0-1 in those contests.
"This team has dealt with so much this year and have continuously found ways to deal with it," Head Coach Twila Kaufman said. "Our team stepped up today and found a way to score a goal. I'm just really proud of this group and I'm really excited for this team, it's been a long time coming."
Cal Poly, which out-shot the Aggies by a 14-9 count for the match, fell to 5-8-1 overall and remained winless in conference play at 0-3.
Catline, a undeclared major from Reading, England, came through with her first career game-winner -- and her team-best third score overall -- in the 82nd minute with her team playing a man down, settling a long pass and fighting off a pair of defenders before firing past a charging Sophia Brown and into the left side of the net to break a 1-1 deadlock.
UC Davis then milked the clock for the final 8:08, not allowing a shot attempt by Cal Poly and withstanding a late Senna Brennan corner kick with just over two minutes to play to secure the win.
For the second straight contest, it was Moriarty who put the Aggies on the board first, again heading home a corner by teammate Mandy McKeegan for a 1-0 lead. Moriarty, a communication major whose first goal of the year was the difference in UC Davis' win over Hawai'i a week earlier, found space at the back post and timed her leap to meet McKeegan's ball head-on, sending it home at the left post for the 1-0 lead just 7:06 into the contest.
For McKeegan, it was also her team-best third assist of the year and the 10th of her career, putting her just four helpers shy of the top five on the school's all-time list.
The advantage lasted through the half until the 62nd minute when the Mustangs were able to come up with the equalizer. Brennan's corner kick from the left side somehow got lost in the shuffle, sneaking its way through traffic and trickling over the line at the left post for her first goal of the season that tied the match at one-all.
Reigning Big West Defensive Player of the Week, goalkeeper Alexis Smith, finished with four saves in net en route to the win, lifting the junior even closer to etching her name on another all-time list. After tying the school record with her 17th shutout last week against Hawai'i, the junior materials science and engineering major from San Jose, Calif., needs just 22 more stops to move into a tie for fourth on that list.
Catline led the Aggies with three shots on the day, while Brennan and Chelsea Barry finished with three apiece to lead the Mustangs.
UC Davis hits the road for the first time in Big West play next week with a pair of matches in Southern California, taking on UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton. The Aggies and Anteaters meet on Thursday (Oct. 12) at 7 p.m. in a match to be broadcast by ESPN3.com, before clashing with the Titans in a Sunday (Oct. 15) matinee at 2 p.m.
NCAA Soccer Game Summary (Final)
Cal Poly (5-8-1, 0-3 Big West) vs. UC Davis (3-9, 2-0 Big West)
Date: Oct 05, 2017 Attendance: 694
Weather: 82 deg., clear, wind N 5 mph
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Cal Poly…………… 0 1 - 1
UC Davis………….. 1 1 - 2
1. 7:06 UCD Moriarty, Mckenna (2) (McKeegan, Mandy) - corner kick to the left post, headed to the top left
2. 61:56 CP Brennan, Senna (1) (unassisted) - low corner deflected in off defender
3. 81:52 UCD Catline, Mahlah (unassisted) - shakes defender, 1v1, shot to left
Shots: Cal Poly 14, UC Davis 9
Saves: Cal Poly 4 (Brown, Sophia 4), UC Davis 4 (Smith, Alexis 4)
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