Former UC Davis standout forward Quincy Amarikwa scored the game-winning goal for the San Jose Earthquakes in the Major League Soccer team’s exhibition opener over the Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday, 3-2.
Amarikwa, who was named the Big West Conference’s Offensive Player of the Year with the Aggies this fall, scored an unassisted goal less than 40 seconds into the game’s second half.
The Aggies went 2-2 at the Desert Classic in Las Vegas this weekend, knocking off BYU and Hawaii while falling to Oregon State and Utah.
Jessica Hancock struck out a career-high 18 batters while firing a three-hit shutout against Hawaii. Kelly Harman homered twice, and Sarah Axelson added another round-tripper.
The offense would be more than enough for Hancock. The senior struck out the side in the first, third, fifth, sixth and seventh innings.
Her 18 strikeouts came within one of the school record of 19 set by Lindsay Tognetti on March 10, 2007 against Iowa State. Hancock’s previous high was 17 in a 12-inning game against Long Beach State two years ago.
Junior Molly Lapolla scored two goals with an assist as UC Davis lost its 2009 season opener to Oregon in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation action at Pape Field Saturday afternoon, 13-6.
Sophomore midfielder Alex Breiner led Oregon with three goals and an assist, while Catherine Davidson and Ilsa van den Berg each added two goals. For UC Davis, sophomore Christina Corsa added a goal and assist.
The Ducks were the first to reach the board with an eight-meter goal from van den Berg in the third minute. Aggie freshman Meghan Olmstead then evened the score on an unassisted effort two minutes later. However, UC Davis failed to connect for almost the entirety of the first half, while Breiner scored three straight amidst an 8-0 Oregon run. The Ducks entered the halftime break with a 10-2 lead.
Sophomores Alyssa Cranska and Kjersten Nordmeyer split goalkeeping duties for UC Davis. Cranska had three saves and allowed eight goals, while Nordmeyer finished with seven saves and five goals against.
The Aggies are next in action at Saint Mary’s for an MPSF battle on Sunday.
The UC Davis women’s tennis team went 1-2 on the road over the weekend.
The Aggies blanked Cal State Fullerton on Saturday, 5-0, before falling to UC Irvine and Cal State Northridge on Saturday and Sunday, 7-0 and 4-3, respectively.
UC Davis had little trouble defeating the Titans, as it won all doubles and singles matches that finished. Randi Schuler and Desiree Stone defeated Leslie Bullock and Shelly Injejikian, 8-2, at No. 1. Herzyl Legaspi and Dahra Zamudio teamed at No. 2 to dispose of Brandy Andrews and Jerusha Cruz, 8-4. At No. 3, it was Jenna Kappel and Andrea Phillips shutting out Lani Agsalud and Karina Akhmedova, 8-0.
Taking its 1-0 lead into singles, UC Davis picked up wins at No. 3 through No. 6. The matches at the top two positions did not finish since the outcome of the overall match had already been clinched.
Aggie Digest is compiled by the California Aggie sports staff with briefs from the UC Davis athletics website, ucdavisaggies.com.