Oct. 14, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - - Ashley Edwards scored in the third minute of the game and UC Davis tried to make it stand up the rest of the way but visting UC Irvine was able to score late to force overtime and eventually a 1-1 tie in Big West Conference women's soccer action on Sunday afternoon.
The draw left UC Davis with a 7-6-2 overall record and a 2-2-1 mark in the Big West while UC Irvine, picked to finish second in the preseason coaches poll, saw its overall mark go to 8-8-1 and its league mark move to 4-1-1.
Zoya Farzaneh scored the equalizer for the Anteaters to help forge the overtime periods. UC Davis and UC Irvine tied at Aggie Soccer Field for the second straight season.
"It's a Sunday, that's the challenge, dealing with the grind," said Aggie coach Maryclaire Robinson whose team lost a tough 1-0 game to No. 22 Long Beach State on Friday. "We made some adjustments and went at them early and I felt there were waves when we had our legs and there we were waves when we didn't."
UC Davis got the early momentum, wasting little time in getting the first goal of the match. Kirstin Holmberg played a nice ball up along the right side that was scooped by Lexi Poppoff along the right endline. Poppoff then found Edwards in the middle who knocked it straight in from about eight yards.
Both defenses then went to work, allowing few prime scoring chances. Jern made a nice save on Mar Rodriguez's shot to the right side of the goal for one of them, diving to her left in the 50th minute to keep the lead 1-0.
The Anteaters increased the offensive pressure over the final 20 minutes of the second half, tying the game in the 79th minute when Zarzaneh trapped a high ball in front of the net and then put it in. Dana Sanderlin picked up the assist.
UC Davis goalkeeper Taylor Jern had a pair of saves the remainder of the way as neither team was able to pick up the game-winner. Allison Kelly had a strong shot from the right side in the first overtime that was corralled by Corey Tobin while neither team had a shot on goal in the second.
UC Irvine outshot the Aggies 12-10 while Jern had six saves and Tobin had one.
"These are great games. It's very difficult to get a (Big West) win," said UC Davis coach Maryclaire Robinson. "Both teams had some excellent chances."
The Aggies will head on the road for two matches next weekend, traveling to face Big West newcomer Hawai'i on Friday and then returning to the mainland to face Cal State Northridge on Sunday.
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