Oct. 8, 2010
DAVIS, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton outlasted the UC Davis women's soccer team, taking a 3-2 decision Friday at Aggie Soccer Field in Davis, Calif.
The Titans out shot the Aggies 22-14, in a game that saw two ties and three lead changes. With the loss, UC Davis dropped to 5-6-1 overall with an 0-3 mark in Big West play, while CSF improved to 4-8 and 1-0 in the conference.
The first half featured back and forth action, with multiple scoring opportunities for both teams. UC Davis managed to light up the scoreboard first, using a Lisa Kemp goal in the 18th minute to give the Aggies an early 1-0 lead. Kemp's third goal of the season was unassisted, coming from outside the 25, before bouncing off the crossbar and down for the score.
The Titans fired back later in the first half, thanks to a Jennifer Smith goal in the 23rd minute. After a defensive breakdown by UC Davis, Smith got past her defender and shot over the keeper, into an empty net to tie the game at one apiece.
CSF stayed on the attack in the closing minutes of the first half, posting eight unanswered shots in the final eight minutes, three of which were on goal. The Aggie defense prevented a score however, keeping a 1-1 tie during the intermission.
The scoring continued early and often for both teams in the second half, with a pair of scores in the first five minutes. The Titans took their first lead of the game, after Summer Chavez scored just 38 seconds into the period.
UC Davis bounced back in the 47th minute of play, when Annacy Wilson tallied her second goal of the season to even the score at 2-2.
CSF continued to attack, scoring another go ahead goal in the 72nd minute of play that proved to be the game winner. After Smith was denied by a defender, Daniel Bitonti fired a shot from outside the 25, that sailed in the left side of the goal and give the Titans a 3-2 advantage.
Despite a few scoring opportunities in the final 15 minutes for UC Davis, the Aggies couldn't find the equalizer and CSF held on for the final 3-2 win.
Kathleen Brandl started and finished in goal for the Aggies, while Maria Magana also logged some second half minutes. For CSF, Jessica Change earned the win in goal after a complete game and four saves.
"I think we did a lot of good things today," said head coach MaryClaire Robinson. "The challenge we had was being consistent. It's one of those games that you kick yourself walking to the car, because we certainly had done enough. I think it was just really a battle of will and who is going to get the breaks. They came out and they got one more break than us."
Despite a tough start to the conference slate, coach Robinson is looking forward to a favorable schedule, complete with three more home conference games to finish the season.
"There's nothing better than being at home," continued Robinson. "The more time we have the more opportunity we have to get healthy. I think we have a great schedule. The fact that we only have one conference game next week is a huge plus. Especially with all the injuries we've had this year, our schedule is fantastic."
UC Davis will be back in action this weekend, when they play their final non-conference game vs. WAC opponent San Jose State on Sunday at 1 p.m.