Nov. 2, 2002
CHICO, Calif. -- Cynthia Rail's first-half goal proved to be enough as the UC Davis women's soccer team hung on for a 1-0 win at Chico State Saturday night to clinch a spot in the California Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament.
The Aggies, 10-5-2 overall and 8-4-2 in the CCAA, finished the season tied with San Francisco State but will earn a trip to the postseason tournament at Sonoma State next week because they win the tiebreaker against the Gators.
UC Davis controlled play from the outset on a night when Chico State (0-7-2, 6-6-2 CCAA) honored its six graduating seniors - Erica Perez, Elena Sfetcu, Tyler Brooks, Jenny Craighead, Zoe Weindenfeld, and Briahna Belmonte - who were playing their final collegiate matches.
The Aggies outshot Chico State in the first half and 20-6 for the match. Rail got UC Davis on the board when she took advantage of Jennifer Martelle's pass and lifted a ball high into the net, giving Chico State goalkeeper Angela Orr no chance to defend it.
Orr actually made 10 saves on the night, including a number of spectacular efforts, to keep the match close. However, Chico State never really mounted a serious threat until late in the match when midfielder Amy Swanson was set free to attack more offensively. However, UC Davis goalie Christine Ogden was not to be beaten and she preserved the shutout with a pair of saves.