Nov. 13, 2002
DAVIS, Calif. - Jennifer Martelle's goal in the 45 minute of the first half broke a 2-2 tie and gave UC Davis a lead they would not surrender as the Aggies defeated San Francisco State, 4-2, in the first round of the 2002 NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Championships Wednesday afternoon at Aggie Field.
With the win, the Aggies improve to 12-6-2 on the season and will advance the second round to face West Region No.1 UC San Diego Sunday in La Jolla. The Gators see their season come to an end with a 12-5-4 overall record.
UC Davis would get on the board first in the fifth minute when Cynthia Rail's corner kick went directly into the far side of the net for the quick, 1-0 lead. The lead would be short-lived as nine minutes later Erin Hartmann scored the equalizer by taking a thru pass from Maya Patrick and beating Aggie goalkeeper Christine Ogden to tie the score at 1-1.
UC Davis would regain the lead in the 28th minute when Leifa Mayers' pass found Amanda Medrano wide open just inside the Gator goal box and Medrano beat keeper Kelly Hoover for the 2-1 lead. SFSU would again even the score six minutes later as an Aggie defender had a hand ball inside the Aggie box. Gator defender Jenae Kee converted the ensuing penalty kick to tie the game at 2-2.
With time running out in the first half, the Aggies sent the ball deep into the Gator end. San Francisco State was unable to clear the ball out and Jennifer Martelle capitalized by gathering the loose ball and beating Hoover to the low side at 44:05. The goal gave the Aggies momentum heading into the halftime break that they would ride into the second half.
After a high-scoring opening 45 minutes, the pace of play slowed a bit as both teams found scoring difficult. The Gators would test Ogden with five shots in the half, but the senior keeper responded with four saves, preserving the Aggie lead. In the 78th minute, Kristin Aja gave the Aggies some breathing room when she took a Shannon Mally cross in front of the Gator net and punched in the goal for the final margin of victory.
"I think we weren't ready to be done this season," said Aggie Head Coach MaryClaire Robinson. "You don't need to be perfect or pretty, you just need to get the win. San Francisco State is a good team and we were able to get some early goals and capitalize on our chances."
Gator Head Coach Jack Hyde thought his team played well against the Aggies. "We got the most out of our players. It is an honor to be in the NCAA Playoffs, they were just a little sharper today."