Nov. 24, 2002
DENVER, Calif. --- Freshman Amy Leichliter's goal from Joslyn Brough in the 77th minute represented the only scoring in the Metropolitan State College of Denver's 1-0 win over UC Davis in a frigid NCAA Division II women's soccer quarterfinal between the Far West and Midwest region champions.
The Aggies end their season at 13-7-2. The Roadrunners improve to 19-2-3, and advance to the NCAA semifinals in Virginia.
Brough advanced the ball to the left wing, not far from the Aggie endline when she centered it perfectly to Leichliter. The All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference forward found herself relatively isolated just above the penalty area, placing the ball low into the UC Davis cage at 76:58.
The Aggies controlled the ball for the vast majority of the first half, taking five shots to Metro's two before the break. In all, the Aggies outshot the 'Runners 15-7 overall, with eight of those shots stopped by goalkeeper Mandy Allen.
"I think we played well. We did everything today but finish," said Aggie head coach Maryclaire Robinson. "Our backs went forward, we did a good job of winning balls in the air. We moved off the ball well. We just didn't finish.
"We had more chances than they did, but you can't win unless you put goals into the back of the net.. That was the one thing we missed today, but outside of that I'm really pleased with the way we played."
UC Davis had a number of opportunities to tie the game in the final 10 minutes. In the 81st minute, Carly Broaddus served a free kick into the center of the penalty area. Ashlee Brutzmann attempted to head the ball, but it sailed out of her reach. Metro could not clear it out of the box, but Cynthia Rail was there to corral the pass. Her blast from eight yards out went dead center on the Metro cage and Allen was there to make the save.
UC Davis had a final opportunity on a corner kick in the final minutes, but Metro midfielder Jenelle Brandt cleared it out of the penalty box for good. The Aggies never approached the Roadrunner net after that.
An official crowd of 192 was on hand, despite a gametime temperature of 25 degrees and a wind-chill factor of 18. Metro State athletic department officials spent the entire morning plowing three to four inches of snow off the playing surface.
|UC Davis (13-7-2)||0||0||-||0|
|Metro State (19-2-3)||0||1||-||1|
GOALS - Metro: Amy Leichliter (Joslyn Brough), 76:58.
SHOTS - UC Davis 15, Metro State 7.
FOULS - UC Davis 16, Metro State 8.
CORNER KICKS - UC Davis 4, Metro State 4.
SAVES - UC Davis: Christine Ogden 3. Metro State: Mandy Allen 8, Team 1.