Oct. 20, 2011
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Allison Kelly's goal in the 71st minute, her second of the game, broke a 3-3 tie with host Cal State Bakersfield on Thursday night and lifted the UC Davis women's soccer team to a 4-3 nonconference win, the Aggies' fourth straight victory.
UC Davis' winning streak matches a four-game run earlier this season and pushed its overall record to 10-4-1. The Roadrunners, which trailed 3-1 in the second half before tying the game in the 67th minute, are 3-12-1. Kiele Argente and Lisa Kemp also scored for the Aggies with Kemp tallying a point for the fourth consecutive game.
The Aggies were taking a break from an exciting Big West season which currently sees them in third place behind leaders UC Irvine and Cal State Northridge. The game was also an opportunity to face a Bakersfield team that battled to a 1-1 draw at UC Davis last season.
UC Davis had three shots over a scoreless first 25 minutes before Kelly struck for the game's opening goal in the 29th minute, taking a long pass from freshman Rogan Dolan and putting the Aggies in front 1-0 with her shot from 15 yards. But Cal State Bakersfield needed less than a minute to get the equalizer, tying the game on Taylor French's direct kick from 35 yards out.
The teams went into halftime tied but UC Davis broke the deadlock just 86 seconds into the second half when Lisa Kemp took a pass from Argente, dribbled past the defense and scored her sixth goal of the season. Argente then picked up her own goal - her second in the last three games - when she found the back of the net from 10 yards out barely five minutes later. Hannah Hicks was credited with the assist.
The Roadrunners, though, would fight back again, tallying two goals in a less than 10-minute span to tie the game. French, whose earlier goal was her first of the season, did it again in the 58th minute with another direct kick from 35 yards out while Taylor Jordan scored from just outside the 18 in the 67th minute.
Kelly, however, would put the Aggies in the lead for good four minutes later when she converted a cross from Ashley Edwards and scored from three yards in front, making it 4-3. The goal was her eighth of the season.The Roadrunners got just one shot the rest of the game but it was saved by Aggie keeper Maria Magana.
The victory gave UC Davis double-digits wins for the first time since 2002. Its previous four-game winning streak this year encompassed victories over Sacramento State, San Jose State, Creighton and UNLV. The current run was started with wins over UC Riverside, Pacific and Cal Poly.
The Aggies will return to action on Sunday when they host UC Santa Barbara at 1 p.m. at Aggie Soccer Field. UC Davis' senior class will be honored during pregame ceremonies.