Oct. 23, 2011
DAVIS, Calif. - Ashley Edwards' header in the 83rd minute broke a scoreless deadlock with UC Santa Barbara while senior Rachel Kahn's score in the 89th capped a 2-0 win by UC Davis in a Big West Conference women's soccer match at Aggie Soccer Field on Sunday.
UC Davis won its fifth straight game - its longest winning streak since taking six in a row in 2006 - and improved to 11-4-1 overall and 4-1-1 in the Big West. Kiele Argente had assists on both Aggie goals.
The victory also put the Aggies into temporary three-way tie atop the league standings with UC Irvine and Cal State Northridge pending their showdown on Sunday night. All three teams currently have 13 points.
The Gauchos fell to 1-6 in the Big West and 6-11-2 overall with their sixth loss in their last seven games.
The teams battled through a scoreless first half with UC Davis outshooting UCSB 7-5 but each team putting only one shot on goal over the first 45 minutes. UCSB, though, applied pressure during the early parts of the second half, launching six shots, two of them saved by keeper Maria Magana who had four saves overall.
Magana's third save came in the 80th minute just before Argente, who re-entered the game in the 81st minute, launched a ball from the far right corner near the goal line to the far side of the goal. It found Edwards who headed it in for her third goal of the season.
UC Davis needed just over five minutes to score its second goal as Argente picked up another assist after her shot was cleared by a defender but then one-timed by Kahn who scored her first of the year.
"Patience, discipline and focus (were the keys) and just being confident in who we are and what we do," said Aggie coach Maryclaire Robinson. "The second game of a weekend is always tough but I was really, really proud of the team and the collective effort, The people on the bench were standing up cheering for people. It was fantastic."
Makenna Henry had two saves for UCSB while Alyssa Benjamin had three shots including one on goal. Magana earned her sixth shutout for the Aggies.
The match marked the final regular-season home match for nine seniors: Jenna Brehmer, Taylor Chamberlain, Lisa Kemp, Aisha Lott, Anna Quigley, Annacy Wilson, Elise Winbrock, Kahn and Magana. It's a group, Robinson said, that's collectively had as much impact on the program as any she's had.
UC Davis will try to keep its winning streak alive when it finishes the regular season next weekend. The Aggies will play at Cal State Fullerton on Friday before facing Long Beach State on Sunday.
The top four teams in the standings will earn berths to the Big West Tournament.