Nov. 7, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Shannon Mally recorded the first hat trick at UC Davis since the 2000 season and the Aggie defense posted its seventh shutout of the year as UC Davis defeated Utah Valley State College 4-0 in the first game of the Aggie Invitational women's soccer tournament Friday afternoon at Aggie Field.
With the win UC Davis improves to 8-9-1 on the season while Utah Valley State falls to 8-7-1.
The tone of the game was set early on as in the second minute a UC Davis foul inside the box resulted in a Wolverine penalty kick. Teryn Mendenhall stepped up for the kick but slid the ball wide of the goal, keeping the game scoreless. Following a few more minutes of Wolverine pressure, UC Davis slowly began to gain control of the contest. In the 22nd minute, midfielder Roxanne Croze sent a long ball up the left side of the field to Katie Snyder. Snyder pushed to ball to the corner before sending a crossing pass to Mally at the near post. The junior forward redirected the ball inside the far post for the 1-0 lead.
Mally made it 2-0 in the 35th minute, taking advantage of some fine Aggie passing. Working off a corner kick, Snyder sent the ball to the far post, where Leifa Mayers headed it back across the box to Kristin Aja. Aja then headed the ball forward to Mally who headed it past Wolverine keeper Amberlee Nelson, increasing the Aggie lead. Minutes later it looked as though the Aggies would make it 3-0 as Lindsey Raymond beat the Utah Valley State defense and was streaking towards the goal. Wolverine defended Shannon Abegglen grabbed Raymond's jersey from behind, pulling the sophomore forward down. The result was a red card for Abegglen, forcing Utah Valley State to go a player down the rest of the way.
In the second half Raymond eventually made it 3-0 as Tristan Ngoon played a thru ball past the Wolverine defense to a streaking Raymond on the right side. Raymond took one touch then beat Nelson low inside the far post for her third goal of the season. Mally then capped the scoring in the 82nd minute when she teamed with Aja for the second time in the game. Aja possessed the ball at midfield on the near side before sending a long pass to an advancing Mally just outside the box. With Nelson charging out from her goal, Mally won the foot race, pushing the ball past Nelson and into the empty net.
It marked the first Aggie hat trick since Ngoon accomplished the feat against Sonoma State late in the 2000 season. With her 10th goal of the season, it also pushed Mally into a tie for fourth on the school's all-time single-season goals list with one game left on the schedule.
"We've been working on playing forward and today it resulted in some goals for us," said Aggie head coach MaryClaire Robinson. "We snuck some balls through early and when you get enough chances, you're going to be able to score.
"Early on we got a breath of fresh air when they missed the penalty kick," continued Robinson. "We made a mistake and they didn't make us pay, that was a big relief. Then Mally broke it open for us. The red card on them also was a factor. Now we need to build on this and end our season on a high note."
UC Davis will next be in action on Sunday when hosts Northern Colorado in the third and final game of the Aggie Invitational. Gametime is set for 11 a.m. at Aggie Field. Saturday's game at the Aggie Invitational will feature Utah Valley State and Northern Colorado beginning at noon.