Oct. 29, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Nicole Lovett's steal deep in the Aggie end and subsequent goal in the 71st minute proved to be the game-winner as San Francisco State rallied for the 2-1 come-from-behind victory over UC Davis in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's soccer game Wednesday afternoon at Aggie Field.
With the loss the Aggies fall to 7-8-1 on the season, 7-6 in conference play while the Gators improve to 12-8 overall, 7-6 in CCAA action.
UC Davis jumped out first in the contest when forward Shannon Mally took a pass from Leifa Mayers inside the 18-yard box and punched in the game's first goal, beating Gator keeper Erin Clark to the lower right corner of the goal. It marked Mally's team-leading seventh goal of the season. Just over four minutes later, the Aggies tried to clear the ball from deep in their end. The ball went to a Gator who sent it back to the middle of the field, catching the Aggie defense flat. The ball squirted through the defense and found the foot of Quisha Simon, who had only Aggie goalkeeper Krystyn Lizak to beat. Simon took one touch around a charging Lizak, but the ball went too far towards the endline before Simon centered it to Paula Greenbaum, who punched it in to even the score.
The game remained tied at 1-1 through halftime even though the Aggies held a 10-4 edge in shots.
In the second half it was more of the same as UC Davis had more chances to break the deadlock, holding a 6-1 edge in shots. It wasn't until the 71st minute when an opportunistic Gator offense struck. Again it happened as the Aggies we're clearing the ball from deep in their end. When the ball was played out, the Aggie defense all pushed up, trying to trap the Gator forwards in an offside position. The ball, however, reached Lovett when she was still onside and once in possession, had only Lizak to beat. Lovett took one dribble then sent a shot to an open net for the eventual game-winner.
For the game the Aggies outshot the Gators, 16-5, while also holding a commanding 7-2 edge in corner kicks. Clark came up big time and again for San Francisco State, making seven saves on the game while Lizak did not record a save.
"We came out a little flat today but once we got the first goal I though we gained a little confidence," said Aggie head coach MaryClaire Robinson. "San Francisco State just never goes away. We're a young team and a little inconsistent, but we did some good things today and created chances to score. We made two mistakes and they made us pay."
UC Davis will next be in action on Saturday when it closes out its conference schedule on Senior Day with a 3 p.m. contest against Chico State.