Oct. 31, 2010
DAVIS, Calif. - The UC Davis women's soccer team ended their season on a good note, taking a 1-0 win over Long Beach State Sunday, at Aggie Soccer Field in Davis, Calif. Lisa Kemp scored the only goal of the game in the second half, her fifth score of the year, which proved to be the game winner.
Samantha Faber played her final game as an Aggie and was celebrated on senior day, after tallying three shots for the game. UC Davis completed the season with a 7-9-2 overall record and a 2-5-1 mark in Big West play. LBSU finished the regular season with a 12-5-2 overall record and a 5-2-1 mark in the conference.
The first half started with five unanswered shots for LBSU, who controlled much of the early action. UC Davis responded with some aggressive play, advancing into 49er territory and firing off four shots. An offsides call prevented the Aggies' best scoring opportunity, as LBSU took back most of the possession for the remainder of the first half.
The limited scoring opportunities for both teams in the first period resulted in a 0-0 score at the intermission, with the 49ers holding a 13-4 shot advantage.
UC Davis had a pair of looks early in the second half, but couldn't find the back of the net. LSBU took over possession from there, staying in Aggie territory while posting three shots on goal.
After the Aggies survived the 49er attack, they broke free for the only score of the game. Kemp took a cross on the right side from Keile Argente, before finding the upper left corner of the net in the 69th minute.
Despite being out shot 23-10 for the game, the UC Davis defense held up and finished with the final 1-0 win.
Maria Magana started in goal for the Aggies and earned the win after eight saves. For the 49ers, it was Kaitlyn Gustaves who received the loss after one save and one goal allowed.
"It's a great way to end the season," said head coach MaryClaire Robinson. " Today we created some great chances and we finished one. I'm most proud of the fight. I thought the fight today for the whole 90 minutes was excellent. Our defensive performance was fantastic. The work-rate and the attitude was absolutely fantastic this year. That's due to great leadership and a lot of heart from the young ones."
The game was bittersweet for coach Robinson, who was pleased with the play of Faber, but sad to see her go.
"Sam had a big injury last year. She has provided a great piece of leadership for our injured kids this year," said Robinson. "Besides her leadership and her leading on the field, she has been a very calming and mature presence with our injured kids. It's something that has been very important and very comforting. It's fantastic to send her off with win."
Coach Robinson also addressed how a win to end the season helps to build for next year.
"It helps people understand that we have been competing," said Robinson. "We have been in every game that we played in this year, besides one. Despite the fact that those games didn't convert into wins, our ability to compete has been fantastic. We need to show the young ones that early and often. It's a nice reminder that we can compete with anyone. It puts us in a positive place as we build and we're building for next year already."
Sunday's game marked the final contest of the 2010 season for UC Davis, with only the top four teams in the Big West advancing to the conference tournament. Prior to Sunday's contest, Long Beach State had clinched the No. 2 seed heading into the Big West tournament. The 49ers will now play Cal State Northridge on Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. in the first round of the conference tournament.