Nov. 9, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Following a 95-minute lightning delay midway through the second half, junior forward Arlene Tuttle headed home the game-winner just over five minutes into overtime as UC Davis defeated Northern Colorado 1-0 in the final game of the Aggie Invitational women's soccer tournament Sunday afternoon at Aggie Field.
With the win UC Davis concludes its season with a 9-9-1 record, its first year as a provisional Division I member. Northern Colorado, also in its first year of reclassifying to Division I, ends its year at 6-9-1.
The game was played on a rain-soaked field from the previous night's downpour, making footing difficult. In the first half there were few scoring chances, the best coming from Northern Colorado's Laura Hassebroek, who missed high with a blast from the top of the box.
UC Davis started to take control of the game in the second half, outshooting the Bears 10-1 in the half. Tristan Ngoon and Shannon Mally each had good chances, but both were denied by Bear goalkeeper Shanna Swinehart, who recorded four saves in the half and seven on the game. With a light rain falling in the 73rd minute, lightning was approaching and the referees suspended play. The delay lasted 95 minutes and when play resumed, under partially sunny skies, the Aggies kept the ball on the Bear side of the field but could not convert any chances.
Midway through the overtime period, Ngoon possessed the ball on the right side across the midline. She dribbled to the middle before colliding with a Bear defender as she released a pass to Leifa Mayers on the far side. Mayers was behind the defense inside the box when she let go with a left-footed shot, which Swinehart deflected but could not control. The ball took a big bounce to the far post where Tuttle headed in the game-winner from two yards out for her third goal of the season.
For the game the Aggies outshot the Bears 19-5, including a 14-1 advantage after halftime. UC Davis goalkeeper Krystyn Lizak posted her second straight shutout and sixth on the year while making two saves.
"It was a good game. Northern Colorado fought hard and we played well to beat them," said Aggie head coach MaryClaire Robinson. "We started a little slow today but unlike other games when that has happened, we didn't have to fight out of a hole. In the second half and beyond I thought we dominated play.
"It's a little bit of a bummer that the season is ending now. Our last four games have been our most consistent of the year. We have played really hard, good team soccer. It might have taken all season to be consistent, but this team got into some solid, positive habits and that is nice to see."
At the conclusion of the Aggie Invitational the all-tournament team was announced, with four Aggies making the squad. In addition to Ngoon and Lizak, forward Shannon Mally and defender Katie Shesgreen were named to the team. Northern Colorado was represented by Swinehart, defender Shannon Fox, forward Jessica Brennan and Hassebroek, while Utah Valley State had three players named to the team, midfielder Teryn Mendenhall and forwards Megan Dickerson and Tennille Vance.