Nov. 17, 2002
LA JOLLA, Calif. -
Officially it will go down as a 1-1, double overtime draw between No.2 UC Davis and No.1 UC San Diego in the Far West Region finals of the 2002 NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Championships Sunday afternoon at Triton Soccer Stadium. But it will be UC Davis advancing to the NCAA Division II quarterfinals after the penalty kick tiebreaker saw the Aggies bury four of five chances while the Tritons could connect on only two.
With the tie, UC Davis sees its record move to 12-6-3 on the season and it will advance to the NCAA division II quarterfinals next weekend to face Metro State in Denver, Colo. UC San Diego sees its season come to an end with a 15-2-2 record. The loss also snaps then Tritons' three-year run of NCAA championships, having captured the last two at the Division II level and one at the Division III level in 1999.
Sunday's game marked the third meeting of the season between these two teams, with UC San Diego have come away with one-goal wins in each of the first two. This time, it was UC Davis who controlled play for much of the game, outshooting the Tritons 26-10 on the day, and taking advantage of key saves from goalkeeper Christine Ogden to keep the game close.
During the penalty kicks, in which each team selects five players to shoot, UC Davis came out first and Carly Broaddus put UC Davis up 1-0. Ogden then gave the Aggies the lift they needed as she forced Kristin Jones, the Tritons' key playmaker, into shooting her penalty kick off the crossbar and over the net. UC Davis now had the advantage and kept the one-goal lead as Katie Shesgreen and Leifa Mayers each converted their shots.
Jennifer Martelle missed on the Aggies fourth shot, but Ogden gave UC Davis the lead once again when she stopped Shannon Harrelson's shot. Cynthia Rail then blasted her kick into the upper right corner of the goal, giving UC Davis an insurmountable 4-2 lead, to clinch the Aggies' first-ever berth in the NCAA quarterfinals.
"I was nervous as heck before the shot," said Rail, the Aggies' alltime goals scoring leader. "It's all mental up there with the goalie and I tried to focus only on the shot. It was complete elation when the ball hit the net."
"It was a battle and a half today," said Aggie Head Coach MaryClaire Robinson. "We both had our chances in regulation and both hit the post at clutch times. San Diego is so dangerous, but we competed all game, won balls in the air, and our defense did a great job of keeping their playmakers from scoring.
"I thought the tone of the penalty kicks was set early when Carly buried hers," Robinson continued. "When their playmaker missed, they now had to play catchup the rest of the way and I think that gave our players a lot of confident. The penalty kick shootout is an opportunity for the shooter to be confidence and put the ball away. We did that today."
The Aggies looked as though they may get on the board first when Nora Horan raced up the left side before crossing to Amanda Medrano whose volley in front of the Triton goal hit the left post. On the counterattack, UC San Diego's Jones possessed the ball on the right side, dribbled in towards the goal before crossing the ball to Sarah Schopbach. Schopbach volleyed the ball past Ogden for the 1-0 lead at 15:28 of the first half.
UC Davis wasted little time in getting the goal back as Kristin Patterson beat her defender on the right side, carried the ball about 15 yards, then crossed the ball to Shannon Mally. Mally's header beat Triton keeper Kami Poma for the equalizing score at 17:17.
In the first half, UC Davis would outshoot the Tritons, 15-4, including two blasts that hit the post. Ogden was forced to make a sliding save in the third minute when Jackie Shaffer got behind the Aggie defense and had a one-on-one situation.
The Aggies controlled play for much of the second half, keeping the ball in the Triton end. Rail had open field in front of her with a defender on her side when she fired from 30 yards out, hitting the crossbar. On San Diego's few chances in the half, Ogden came up huge, thwarting a one-on-one attempt and making a diving save on another shot.
UC San Diego looked as though they may break through in the 81st minute when Jones controlled the ball on the right side and dribbled towards the goal. After making Ogden commit to her, Jones passed to a wide-open Harrelson in front of the Aggie net, whose shot hit the crossbar and rebounded away where Ogden covered up.
The two teams would play somewhat conservative in both overtime periods, not wanting to make a mistake. UC Davis managed the only shot either team would take in extra time late in the second overtime.
UC DAVIS (12-6-3) 1 0 0 0 - 1
UC San Diego (15-2-2) 1 0 0 0 - 1
PENALTY KICKS (UC Davis First): 1. Carly Broaddus (yes). Kristin Jones (no). 2. Katie Shesgreen (yes). Kristina De La Rosa (yes). 3. Leifa Mayers (yes). Amy Goker (yes). 4. Jennifer Martelle (no). Shannon Harrelson (no). 5. Cynthia Rail (yes).
GOALS - UC Davis: Shannon Mally (Kristin Patterson), 17:17. UC San Diego: Sarah Schopbach (Kristin Jones/Kristen Conahan), 15:28.
SHOTS - UC Davis: 26 ; UC San Diego: 10.
FOULS - UC Davis: 19; UC San Diego:12.
CORNERS - UC Davis: 4; UC San Diego: 9.
SAVES - UC Davis: Christine Ogden 3; UC San Diego: Kami Poma:4.