Nov. 9, 2002
ROHNERT PARK, Calif. - Junior Kristin Jones scored two goals, the game-winner coming 40 seconds into the second half, to lead UC San Diego to a 2-1 win over UC Davis in the title match of the 2002 California Collegiate Athletic Association Women's Soccer Championship Saturday afternoon at Seawolf Field.
With the loss, UC Davis moves to 11-6-2 on the season and will now await word on Sunday if it advances to the NCAA Championships, beginning Wednesday, November 13. UC San Diego improves to 15-2-1 after capturing its third straight CCAA crown and all but assured itself a shot at a fourth straight national championship when pairing are announced on Sunday.
Jones opened the scoring in the 15th minute on a header off a nice lob pass from Lauren Jacobs. Jones outlept an Aggie defender deep in the penalty box and placed the ball past UC Davis goalie Christine Ogden and inside the right post.
UC Davis would answer 20 minutes later as in the 35th minute Cynthia Rail's third consecutive corner kick found the head of defender Ashlee Brutzman who redirected it past Triton keeper Kami Poma to tie the score at 1-1. The half would end with the game even, but not without UC Davis having its chances to go ahead.
Two minutes after Brutzman scored the equalizer, Rail fired a blast from 25 yards out that beat Poma up high, but the ball hit the crossbar and deflected out of bounds. UC Davis would have two other good looks go wide as it controlled the first half, keeping the Triton defense pinned in its own end.
Jones gave the Tritons the lead for good just 40 seconds into the second half when she outran several defenders and sliced through two others before hammering home the game-winner inside the left post. From there it was a defensive struggle as both teams negotiated a muddy field devastated by rainstorms the previous two days.
UC Davis would have one final chance in the closing minute as Kristin Aja's cross from the left side found its way in front of the Triton goal. The ball would bounce around as each UC Davis attempt to knock in the tying goal was blocked almost at contact. UC San Diego finally cleared the ball across the midfield, ending then Aggies' threat.
"It was a great game," said Aggie Head Coach MaryClaire Robinson. "We had a little flurry inside the 18 late and I would have liked to sneak one of those in. But we had our chances. UC San Diego is tough. They are disciplined and an excellent defensive team. When you play a team like UCSD, there are only so many chances and you have to capitalize."
UC Davis entered the CCAA Championships ranked No.3 in the West Region behind No.1 UC San Diego and No.2 Cal Poly Pomona. The Aggies defeated Pomona on Thursday and will now await word from the NCAA if it is one of three teams from the West Region to advance to the NCAA Championships.
UC DAVIS WOMEN'S SOCCER
UC DAVIS (11-6-2) 1 0 - 1
Cal Poly Pomona (15-2-1) 1 1 - 2
GOALS - UC Davis: Ashlee Brutzman (Cynthia Rail), 35:00. UCSD: Kristin Jones (Lauren Jacobs), 14:30. Kristin Jones (unass.), 45:40.
SHOTS - UC Davis: 15; UCSD: 10.
FOULS - UC Davis: 11; UCSD: 6
CORNERS - UC Davis: 4; UCSD: 5
SAVES - UC Davis: Christine Ogden 5; UCSD: Kami Poma 7.