Oct. 26, 2002
DAVIS, Calif. - Lindsey Gabrielson scored a goal and assisted on another as Sonoma State took advantage of the few chances it had to defeat UC Davis, 2-0, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's soccer gameat Aggie Field Saturday afternoon.
With the loss, UC Davis falls to 9-4-2 on the season, 7-3-2 in CCAA play while Sonoma State improves to 12-5 overall, 8-4 in conference play.
The win also moves the Seawolves into first place in the CCAA North Division with two games remaining. The three division winners, along with the next highest team, advance to the CCAA Championship Tournament, November 7-10.
The game began with the Aggies controlling play for much of the first half. Forward Cynthia Rail had a chance midway through the period to put the Aggies up, but her touch from in front of the Sonoma goal went over the crossbar. UC Davis would outshoot the Seawolves, 9-2, in the period as two of its shots would hit the post.
The second half saw much the same as in the 50th minute Rail had another blast from about 20 yards hit the post, denying UC Davis the go-ahead goal. Two minutes later, forward Amanda Medrano's blast from the top of the box hit the crossbar.
In the 54th minute, the Seawolves cleared the ball and Gabrielson gathered it just across midfield on the right side. He pass found a streaking Lenee Biles who carried the ball about 35 yards up the right side before firing a shot that beat Aggie goalkeeper Christine Ogden into the backside of the net on the left side. It marked Sonoma's first shot on goal in the game.
The Aggies would have other chances in the contest as Jacque Kocer's shot looked to be over Sonoma goalkeeper Teresa Green. Green, however, reached up with one hand and swatted the ball away from the net.
Sonoma would seal the win by scoring in the 83rd minute when Gabrielson gather a loose ball behind the Aggie defense and beat a charging Ogden high into the net for the final margin.
For the game, UC Davis outshot Sonoma, 19-5, forcing Green to make five saves while Ogden did not have any save opportunities.
"It was a bad omen when we had our chances early and didn't score," said Aggie Head Coach MaryClaire Robinson. "We just couldn't put it in the net. That was the big difference today in that we had lots of opportunities and didn't finish while they had just a few chances and capitalized. We had enough chances to win today."
UC Davis will next be in action this Tuesday when it travels to San Francisco State for a CCAA matchup against the Gators. Gametime is set for 3 p.m.