It was a weekend of firsts for the UC Davis women’s soccer team.
After picking up their first tie in Big West Conference action against UC Riverside, the Aggies (6-4-3, 1-2-1) notched their first goals and win in league play in a 2-1 victory over Cal State Fullerton.
Friday – UC Davis 0, UC Riverside 0 (OT)
UC Davis generated seemingly endless scoring chances on 26 shots and held UC Riverside to just five shots in 110 minutes, but couldn’t find the back of the net, settling for a scoreless draw against the Highlanders on Friday.
“How many good chances did we have?” head coach MaryClaire Robinson asked. “How many did we push wide? How many did we just miss?
“Yeah, it was a great game. I thought we out-hustled them, I thought we were scrappy, we certainly created enough chances to score but it wasn’t our day.“
The Aggies generated the bulk of their scoring chances late, forcing UC Riverside goalie Brittany Goetz to make nine of her 11 saves in the second half and overtime periods.
Robinson said that the tie wasn’t discouraging despite the scoring chances.
“We’ll be fine,” she said. “We’ve got to crack the net in these Big West games, but obviously we’re doing enough. We dominated and we had a bunch of chances. We’re going in the right direction.“
Sunday – UC Davis 2, Cal State Fullerton 1
Following Friday’s game, Robinson said when the goals started coming for the Aggies, they were going to come big.
She was right.
UC Davis netted two goals in a game for the first time in two weeks en route to a 2-1 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Sunday.
Robinson said that the quick turnaround following UC Davis‘ overtime appearance on Friday wasn’t an issue.
“We spent [four of our first five games] of the season in overtime,” she said. “I didn’t make a lot of subs [on Friday]. I thought people looked pretty fresh.“
Freshman Lisa Kemp set up junior Marisa Boge’s game-winner from 15 yards out with eight minutes to play. Kemp also assisted on freshman Rachel Kahn’s first-half score.
Sophomore Sarah Peters recorded three saves to pick up her sixth win of the year.
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