Oct. 15, 2010
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Davis women's soccer team took their first conference win, downing UC Santa Barbara 2-1 on the road Friday, at Meredith Field in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Bridget Berman and Ashley Edwards both delivered on first half goals within three minutes of each other, to lift the Aggies to the win. With the win, UC Davis improved to 6-7-1 overall, with a 1-3 mark in the Big West. The Gauchos dropped to 6-7-2 overall and 2-3 in conference play.
The Aggies were able to capitalize on their opportunities early in the first half, scoring a pair of goals on just three shots on goal. UCSB had four shots in the opening minutes, three of which were on goal.
It was the Aggies who struck first however, using Berman's goal in the 13th minute to take a 1-0 advantage. After a Lisa Kemp cross, Berman sent a header in for the score, her second goal of the season.
Just minutes later, UC Davis was able to take advantage of a Gauchos miscue, when Edwards capitalized on a bad clear and scored an unassisted goal at the 15:37 mark.
The Aggie defense closed out the first half strong, allowing just three shots in the remainder of the period and taking a 2-0 lead at the intermission.
UCSB was the aggressor in the second half, out shooting UC Davis 11-2 in the period.
The Gauchos finally were able to get on the board midway through the half, scoring in the 69th minute on a Erin Ortega goal, assisted by Kailyn Kugler. Despite three corners and four shots for UCSB in the final minutes, the Aggie defense was able to close out the game and take a 2-1 win.
"This is a huge win," said head coach MaryClaire Robinson. "Beating a team like Santa Barbara on the road is really a quality win for us. The game was really a tale of two halves. We we had two great finishes early on and played a great first half."
"Our leadership was fantastic the entire game," continued Robinson. "They really came after us in the second half. They snuck one in to get on the board, but overall we had great team defense."
UC Davis will enjoy the rest of the weekend off, before getting back into action Oct. 21, when they play Pacific on the road at 7 p.m.