The 90-minute game clock expired at Aggie Soccer Stadium, and with that, it was over.
The five seniors on the UC Davis women’s soccer team had played their final home game, a 1-0 Big West Conference win over Cal Poly that was followed by a bittersweet, surreal feeling on the sideline.
“I think there was some disbelief that it had gone by so fast,” said head coach MaryClaire Robinson. “There’s an emotional drain that comes with playing a game that is that tight, that [much] a battle. You have that drain and then you realize that was it. That was the last home game.“
Seniors Gabina Bohlman, Danielle Contro, Stephanie Schmidt, Molly Scott and Brianna Tsui couldn’t have asked for a much better sendoff. The win, sparked by a first-half goal by junior Marisa Boge, was the program’s first over the Mustangs since it began playing a Big West schedule in 2004.
“To beat Cal Poly at home on Senior Day, I don’t think it gets much better,” Robinson said. “It’s pretty mind boggling to think that [their careers] happened so fast. It’s been a great ride. They’ve all grown and they have some great friends. And athletically, I think they just had a great experience.“
Boge found the back of the goal in the 30th minute after fielding a pass from freshman Lisa Kemp. Cal Poly goalie Coral Hoover pulled out from the net, and Boge fired a shot from about 10 yards out into the right corner of the frame.
The connection was Boge’s fourth goal of the season and Kemp’s fourth assist, both team highs.
The Mustangs (9-8-0, 4-2-0) outshot the Aggies (7-6-3, 2-4-1) 15-9 for the match and had an 8-1 cornerkick advantage, but the defense protected the lead with Sarah Peters registering two saves for the sophomore’s fourth shutout of the year.
The team will regroup from the emotional win for its season finale on Sunday. The Aggies travel to Stockton to face Pacific (9-7-1, 3-3-1) at noon.
“That’s going to be the challenge this week: staying focused and putting together another good game,” Robinson said.
MAX ROSENBLUM contributed to this article. He and MICHAEL GEHLKEN can be reached at email@example.com.