Nov. 1, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Chico State managed just two shots on the afternoon and Amy Swanson made sure one of them counted as her goal in the 35th minute proved to be the game-winner as Chico State defeated UC Davis 1-0 in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's soccer game on Senior Day Saturday afternoon at Aggie Field.
With the loss the Aggies fall to 7-9-1 on the season, 7-7 in CCAA play while the Wildcats improve to 10-8-2 overall, 7-6-1 in conference action.
From the opening whistle the Aggies controlled the flow of play, keeping the ball deep in the Chico side of the field much of the half. UC Davis had a great chance midway through the half when the Aggies' lone senior, Jennifer Martelle, got past the Wildcat defense along the endline. She sent a crossing pass that eluded Wildcat goalkeeper Angela Orr to Arlene Tuttle, who just missed heading the ball in as it sailed just over the Aggie forward.
In the 35th minute, Chico controlled the ball in the Aggie end where Jennifer Hogans sent a pass from the far side to Swanson, who was camped just outside the Aggie box. Swanson took one touch then sent a blast the went just inside the near post for the only score of the game. In the 43rd minute Lindsey Raymond's blast from the top of the box beat Orr before hitting the inside of the far post and rebounding straight across the goal crease before being cleared off by a Chico defender.
The second half proved to be much of the same. UC Davis outshot Chico 8-0 in the half but could not get the equalizer. Orr would make two of her four saves on the day to preserve the shutout.
For the game the Aggies outshot the Wildcats, 17-2, but could not finish the play as their were held scoreless for the fourth time this season.
"It was a great game, just a tough day to score," said Aggie head coach MaryClaire Robinson. "I thought our intensity was good, we did a great job of winning the 50/50 balls and we had our chances, we just couldn't finish."
UC Davis will next be in action on Friday when hosts Utah Valley State in the first game of the Aggie Invitational. Gametime is set for noon at Aggie Field.