Oct. 5, 2012
STOCKTON, Calif. - Freshman Sienna Drizin scored UC Davis' first goal of the game and then scored the game-winner in the 88th minute as the Aggies downed host Pacific 3-2 in a Big West Conference women's soccer match on Friday night.
The Aggies, who got the late score after the Tigers evened the game 2-2 in the 83rd minute, improved to 7-5-1 overall and 2-1 in the Big West. They also notched their second consecutive win over Pacific. Kiele Argente also scored for UC Davis.
The Tigers got goals from Mirella Mattos and Regina Manneh but fell to 3-8-1 overall and 0-2-1 in the league. UC Davis never trailed in the game and scored quickly after both times that Pacific tied the game, including getting a go-ahead goal just 18 seconds after the Tigers' first score.
The Aggies jumped to a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute thanks to Drizin's third goal of the season. She scored it off a pass to the left side of the goal by Bridget Berman.
Pacific, however, equalized the match just under 10 minutes later when the Aggies' Taylor Jern saved a penalty kick by Maricela Padilla only to have Mattos score from the right side. Less than 20 seconds later, however, UC Davis went back in front 2-1 after Argente took a penalty kick of her own and was able to put in the rebound off Tashia Long's save. It was her third of the season.
The Aggies held the 2-1 lead until the final minutes when Pacific tied it again, this time on Manneh's header off a throw-in from Lauren Olvera in the 83rd minute.
The Tigers took three shots over the next two minutes and then Drizin had a shot saved by Kathrine Larsen in the 86th minute. She wasn't going to be denied, however, two minutes later when she got a breakaway on a deflected pass and scored the game-winner.
"It was a fantastic team effort," said Aggie coach Maryclaire Robinson. "We had great energy and it was a beautiful night to play. We showed such confidence in getting toward the net after they tied it. Sienna was played through and she beat the keeper to tuck the hall away in the far corner. It was a clutch finish."
Jern finished with four saves for UC Davis while Drizin had a team-high four shots, including three on goal.
UC Davis, which scored its second-highest goal total of the year, returns to action next Friday against No. 23 Long Beach State at 3 p.m.