Oct. 6, 2002
Davis, Calif. - Shannon Harrelson's header in front of the Aggie net put the Tritons ahead and the defense carried them the rest of the way as No.3 UC San Diego defeated No.21 UC Davis, 1-0, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's soccer match Sunday afternoon at Aggie Field.
With the loss, the Aggies suffer their first conference defeat and fall to 7-2-1, 5-1-1 in conference play while UC San Diego improves to 8-2 overall, 7-2 in CCAA play.
The Tritons controlled play in the first half as they kept the ball on the Aggie side of the field a majority of the period. In the 24th minute, San Diego defender Christine Wensel gathered the ball in the middle of the field. Her pass to the far side found Kristen Conahan just outside the Aggie penalty area. With Aggie goalkeeper Christine Ogden coming out to challenge the play, Conahan chipped the ball across the box to an open Harrelson, who easily tapped the ball in with her head for the 1-0 lead.
It was one of the few legitimate scoring chances the Tritons would see, but it would be enough as the defense took over.
In the second half, the roles were reversed as it was the Aggies turn to dominate play. With the ball in the Triton end for much of the period, UC Davis fired on Triton keeper Kami Poma. For the half, UC Davis outshot the Tritons, 11-2, but could not get one past Poma. UC Davis' best chances came in the 54th minute when off a free kick, midfielder Leifa Mayers' header in front of the goal went just wide.
With just under five minutes to play and the Aggie defense pushed up, sophomore defender Katie Shesgreen fired a long blast from about 25 yards out that forced Poma to make a leaping save, knocking the ball over the crossbar and preserving the shutout.
For the game, UC Davis outshot the Tritons, 18-6, while both teams recorded six corner kicks. Ogden finished the afternoon with three saves while Poma made four.
"We played much better in the second half, but it was a little too late," said Aggie Head Coach MaryClaire Robinson. "They got an unspectacular goal in the first, but a goal is a goal and they made it stand up. We made things happen in the second have but against teams like UC San Diego, you have to play all 90 minutes.
"It was a good game and I'm proud of how we played in the second half," Robinson continued. "It feels good to play that well and we now have to build off that half."
The Aggies are next in action on Friday when they travel to Cal State, San Bernardino for a 3 p.m. matchup against the Coyotes.
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