Oct. 29, 2010
DAVIS, Calif. - The UC Davis women's soccer team couldn't find the back of the net against UC Riverside Friday, but the defense held up en route to a 0-0 2OT tie at Aggie Soccer Field in Davis, Calif.
The Aggies held a 23-13 advantage in shots for the game, but neither team managed to reach the scoreboard. The Highlanders kept the game close with their physical play, tallying 24 fouls on the game, including four yellow cards. With the tie, UC Davis moved to 6-9-2 and 1-5-1 in Big West play, while UC Riverside moved to 1-13-3 and 0-6-1 in conference play.
UC Davis controlled much of the action in the first half, battling past the Highlander defense for a 9-4 advantage in shots for the period. The Aggies couldn't find many scoring opportunities however, with just one shot on goal in the first frame.
The physical play had two UC Davis players go down with injuries, after 11 fouls for UC Riverside in the first half. The Highlanders had just four shots in the opening period, but neither team could manage a score, making it a 0-0 tie at the intermission.
The Aggies continued to be the aggressor in the second half, out shooting UC Riverside 11-4. Despite a few more chances to reach the scoreboard, UC Davis couldn't turn one of their three shots on goal into a score.
The Highlanders continued to battle in the second half, using their physical play to stay in the game. UC Reverside had 22 fouls through the first two halves. Neither team could post a goal however, as the game extended into overtime, still tied 0-0.
The first overtime period had three shots for UC Davis, who had several trips into Highlander territory. UC Riverside had the best scoring opportunity of the frame, as Candis Novis broke free with under a minute left. Maria Magana picked up her third save of the game for the Aggies, keeping the game scoreless and sending it to a second and final overtime.
Another scare for UC Davis came in the second overtime, when Samantha McBride nearly headed in a gaol off a corner kick. Magana recorded another save for the Aggies however, as UC Davis forced a tie despite three Highlander shots.
Lisa Kemp and Allison Kelly each tallied five shots for the Aggies in the draw. Kathleen Brandl and Maria Magana split time in goal for UC Davis, while Jessica White playing the entire game for UC Riverside.
"I thought we were up tempo, I thought we had great energy and I thought we got in behind, we just have to finish the chances we get," said head coach MaryClaire Robinson. "That's been the challenge that we have had this year. That last piece of OT didn't go as we had hoped, but we fought and battled. It was a super physical game and I'm glad we persevered and battled."
"Senior day is Sunday, we are going to say goodbye to our Sam Faber," continued Robinson. "She has done well for us this year and has been a good leader. So we have one more chance to give her a nice sendoff."
UC Davis will close out the season Sunday, when they play Long Beach State on senior day, starting at 1 p.m.