Oct. 20, 2012
HONOLULU - Sophomore Lexi Poppoff and junior Ashley Edwards each scored goals for UC Davis on Friday night but host Hawai'i was able to avoid the equalizer as the Rainbow Wahine defeated the Aggies 3-2 in a Big West women's soccer match. The Aggies had their record evened up at 7-7-2 overall and 2-3-1 in the Big West while Hawai'i improved to 7-8-2 overall and 2-4-0 in the league play. Krystal Pascua and Tiana Fujimoto scored first-half goals less than three minutes apart for the Rainbow Wahine while Alex Gerrain added a score in the second to account for Hawai'i's scoring.
UC Davis trailed 2-0 early in the game but was able to cut it to 2-1 early in the second half. Hawai'i re-opened the lead to two goals at 3-1 before Edwards narrowed it again to 3-2 in the 87th minute. The Aggies, however, weren't able to find the game-tying goal and the Rainbow Wahine was able to push its home record to 6-1-2.
Pascua was able to get Hawai'i on the scoreboard first, delivering a shot into the lower right area of the net that put the Rainbow Wahine on top, 1-0 in the 14th minute. Fujimoto made it 2-0 in the 17th minute, dribbling into the box and shooting from just inside the 18-yard box, hitting the lower right part of the goal.
Poppoff cut the lead in half in the 49th minute, taking a drop pass from freshman Siena Drizin and chipping it over Hawai'i goalkeeper Kananiu Taaca for her third goal of the seaon. Gerrain re-established the two-goal difference in the 77th minute when she intercepted a UC Davis pass and then scored into the lower left portion of the net.
Edwards tallied her team-leading sixth goal of the season in the 87th minute but UC Davis wasn't able to get a shot the rest of the way although it did have a corner kick in the 88th minute.
"It took us a bit to get our legs. Hawaii was on us early," said Aggie coach Maryclaire Robinson. "We found ourselves in a hole early. We made some adjustments at halftime and did a much better job of creating chances and changing the momentum. Lexi had a great finish to get us back into the game and Ashley snuck one in as we peppered them late. It was a tale of two halves. I'm proud of how we came together as a team to battle in the second half.
"The goal is to start Sunday's game how we finished tonight's."
Hawai'i held a 14-6 shot advantage with both of the Aggies' shots on goal resulting in scores. UC Davis goalkeeper Taylor Jern had two saves. The Aggies also held a 4-2 advantage in corners.
UC Davis will return to action on Sunday when the Aggies return to the mainland to take on Cal State Northridge in Northridge at 1 p.m.