Oct. 28, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - Ashley Edwards headed in a long cross from Kirstin Holmberg for the game-winning goal in the 83rd minute on Sunday afternoon as the UC Davis women's soccer team rallied with two second-half scores to upend UC Riverside, 2-1, at Aggie Soccer Field in the 2012 season finale.
UC Davis, which ended a five-match winless streak, capped its season with an 8-9-2 overall record and a 3-5-1 mark in the Big West Conference. UC Riverside, which picked up an early goal from Andrea Morales, ended its season 8-10-3 overall and 2-6-1 in the Big West. Taylor Duffner scored the Aggies' equalizing goal in the 64th minute.
"The most important thing for us was playing as a team and physically and mentally going into every opportunity where we had the ball with intensity to get after it," said Aggie coach Maryclaire Robinson. "And in the second half it was very effective. We were going at it, we created a lot of opportunities and that was the fun part."
Morales got the Highlanders in the lead first, scoring from the top of the box to the right side of the goal in the 17th minute. UC Riverside made that stand up the rest of the half as both teams went into the break with four shots.
UC Davis, however, turned up the offensive pressure in the second, outshooting the Highlanders 11-2 over the final 45 minutes. Duffner tied the game in the 64th minute when she took a ball on the left side from Lindsey O'Tousa and chipped it over her head and then the goalkeeper's into the back of the net.
The Aggies continued to apply pressure, getting the game-winner from Edwards in the 83rd minute after Holmberg moved toward the right endline and then crossed a ball over the defense to Edwards who headed into the left side of the goal. UC Riverside had one shot on goal the remainder of the game but it was saved by Taylor Jern who came in the first half to relieve Kathleen Brandl, one of three seniors playing their final game.
Brandl was honored in pregame ceremonies along with Allison Kelly and Katie Webb as the three seniors brought their Aggie careers to a close in winning fashion.