Oct. 12, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Junior Tristan Ngoon scored a pair of goals and the Aggie defense posted its fourth shutout of the season as UC Davis defeated Cal Poly Pomona 2-0 in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's soccer game Sunday afternoon at Aggie Field.
With the win the Aggies improve to 5-6-1 on the season, 5-4 in CCAA play while the Broncos fall to 7-6-1, 5-6 in conference action.
The game's first goal came early on as Aggie defender Jacque Kocer was making a run up the right side when she was taken down about 30 yards from the goal. On the ensuing free kick, Ngoon drilled a shot to the upper right corner of the goal that Bronco goalkeeper Vanessa Richardson had little chance of getting. The result was a 1-0 Aggie lead at the 12:15 mark.
The half would end with the score at 1-0 but the Aggies had their chances to get more. Junior Leifa Mayers' header off a corner kick went just over the crossbar and Richardson was forced to make a save of Mayers' blast in front of the goal off a Shannon Mally cross. Pomona's best chance to score came when Lisa Araujo's header off a corner kick hit the near post before being cleared out.
In the second half Pomona midfielder Chelsea Hipley came close to tying the score in the 71st minute as she had two shots back-to-back from in close, but Aggie goalkeeper Krystyn Lizak saved the first and the second went wide, preserving the shutout. A little more than a minute later Aggie midfielder Roxanne Croze carried the ball across midfield on the left side and sent a low pass through the Bronco defense to a streaking Ngoon. With only the keeper to beat, Ngoon took two touches before sending a low shot to the left corner of the goal for her first multi-goal game of the season. The two goals give Ngoon 21 in her career, tying her with Sabrina McQueen (1995-98) for fifth-most in school history.
"It was a very exciting win," said Aggie head coach MaryClaire Robinson. "Pomona is a quality team but I've said this before, goals change things. Tristan's goal allowed us to settle down a bit and play more relaxed. We did a nice job of playing as a cohesive unit, finished out chances and preserved the shutout."
For the game the Aggies outshot the Broncos 17-13 while Lizak made seven saves and Richardson six on the afternoon.
UC Davis will next be in action on Friday when it travels to Los Angeles for a 12:30 p.m. matchup against Cal State Los Angeles.