Aggies stay unbeaten with draw at Fullerton

Oct. 15, 2017

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FULLERTON, Calif. -- Freshman Mahlah Catline scored the equalizer off a corner kick by teammate Mandy McKeegan in the 77th minute and the UC Davis defense turned away host Cal State Fullerton through two overtime periods to forge a 1-1 draw with the Titans on Sunday afternoon at Titan Stadium.

The Aggies remain the only unbeaten team in Big West Conference play with the result, moving to 4-9-1 overall and 3-0-1 in league matches to move into second place in the league standings with 10 points. Unbeaten in its last four since the start of conference play, it is the longest unbeaten run for UC Davis since it went 3-0-1 in four matches from Sept. 20 - Oct. 4, 2015.

Fullerton, which played a man down for the final 37:19 after Jessica Simonian was shown a red card for a handball in the box that erased an Aggie goal in the 73rd minute, moved to 9-3-3 overall and 2-1-1 in conference play following the draw.

Catline's goal -- her team-best fourth of the season -- brought her side level on a set piece after the Titans had taken the lead on a header by Kaycee Hoover in the 37th minute. The freshman found herself in the right place at the right time, connecting with her head and putting it past goalkeeper Morgan Bertsch at the back left post to make it, 1-1.

For McKeegan, the neurobiology, physiology, and behavior major, it was her team-high fourth assist of the year as the senior from Manhattan Beach, Calif., has now tallied a point in each of the team's last four contests and has 11 career assists -- just three shy of matching Kim Haskell (1993-96) and Laura Whitsitt (1994-95) for fifth on the school's all-time chart.

The Big West's leader in saves entering the week, junior goalkeeper Alexis Smith finished with four stops on the day to help lead the Aggies to the draw, placing her just 15 stops shy of Kelly Parker (1997-00) for fourth on the all-time list.

Both teams had early opportunities in the second half to find the back of the net as Fullerton's Connie Caliz hit the post in the 58th minute and McKeegan had a golden chance to tie the score in the 73rd minute following the red card, but her penalty kick attempt was punched away to the right by Bertsch, who finished with five saves on the day, to keep the Aggies off the board.

Fullerton out-shot UC Davis, 18-12, for the match, but the Aggies put six of their attempts on frame compared to just five for the Titans. McKeegan led UC Davis with four shots on the day, while Sarah Fajnor earned match-high honors with seven for Fullerton.

The Aggies host their final two matches of the season next week, beginning Thursday (Oct. 19) against UC Santa Barbara at 3 p.m., at Aggie Soccer Field. UC Davis then welcomes CSUN to Northern California on "Senior Day" Sunday (Oct. 22) at 1 p.m.

NCAA Soccer Game Summary (Final)
UC Davis (4-9-1, 3-0-1 BWC) vs. Cal State Fullerton (9-3-3, 2-1-1 BWC)
Date: Oct 15, 2017  Attendance: 461
Weather: 97 degrees and sunny

Goals by period             1  2 OT O2  Tot
UC Davis......................  0  1  0  0 -  1
Cal State Fullerton.........  1  0  0  0 -  1

1.  36:13 CSF Hoover, Kaycee (3) (Primus, Atlanta;Oronoz, Nano) - Corner kick
2.  76:46 UCD Catline, Mahlah (McKeegan, Mandy) - off the corner into the net

Shots: UC Davis 12, Cal State Fullerton 18
Saves: UC Davis 4 (Smith, Alexis 4), Cal State Fullerton 5 (Bertsch, Morgan 5)

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