Steph Coyne recorded game highs of five goals and four assists to help Denver to an 18-5 victory over UC Davis in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation action at Aggie Stadium on Sunday.
The Aggies fall to 4-10 for the year and 2-4 in conference games. The Pioneers improve to 9-6 overall and 3-2 in MPSF play.
Gina Hoffmire tallied two goals to lead UC Davis offensively, while Christina Corsa added one goal and one assist. Goalkeeper Alyssa Cranska notched 11 saves in 52-plus minutes in front of the Aggie net.
Denver midfielder Karen Morton had four goals and an assist, while Lexi Sanders had three goals and two assists. Sanders had her entire hat trick in the Pioneers‘ game-ending run of 12 unanswered goals.
UC Davis opened the game with a 2-0 lead. Jacklyn Taylor assisted Rachael Martinez on the initial possession. Hoffmire then scored seven minutes later.
The Broncos responded with four straight scores – including two during a 12-on-11 opportunity – to take a 4-2 lead into halftime.
Corsa assisted junior Britt Farquharson in the 38th minute, and then scored on an eight-meter attempt to pull the Aggies one, 6-5.
UC Davis, though, couldn’t find the net the rest of the way. Denver scored two goals in the 47th minute to bump its lead to 8-5. Coyne and Morton had a goal and assist each in a string of four straight to extend the Pioneer advantage to 12-5.
Denver freshman Kaiti Delaney won six of her team’s 14 draw controls. The Pioneers were particularly effective in transition, clearing the midfield successfully 17 times in as many opportunities.
UC Davis returns to action for a home game against St. Mary’s on Thursday. The game will begin at 7 p.m.
Aggie Digest is compiled by the California Aggie sports staff with briefs from the UC Davis athletics website, ucdavisaggies.com.