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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Aggies blank Hornets

The Aggies won both of their games in an impressive fashion this week, putting their overall record to 3-1. Their first win was Sunday’s afternoon game against rival Sacramento State. The team worked hard to keep that momentum going and seven days later the San Jose State Spartans fell victim to the Aggie offense in a decisive 5-2 UC Davis victory.

Sunday – UC Davis 1, Sacramento State 0

UC Davis teams know the importance of performing well when Sacramento State comes to town and that is exactly what the Aggies did – maintaining their focus despite the added hype and heat.

The Aggie offense had a busy game with 15 attempted shots, four of those being on goal. Sophomore Ashley Edwards broke through in the 34th minute, finding the lower-left corner of the goal on a pass from fellow sophomore Bridget Berman.

The Hornets almost managed to crack the Aggie defense late in the game but senior defenders Aisha Lott and Rachel Kahn shut down the opportunity.

Coach MaryClaire Robinson was thrilled with the clean-sheet victory and she made it a point to praise her team as a whole.

“Shutouts are difficult to come by and so wonderful to grab,” Robinson said, “It takes a whole team to secure a shutout.”

The win over the Hornets also put the Aggies’ first five points on the board for the Causeway Cup competition.

“We’re really excited to get the first points UC Davis points on the board in the Causeway Cup competition,” Robinson said.??Sunday – UC Davis 5, San Jose State 2??UC Davis simply dominated under the lights of Spartan Stadium.

Five different players scored for the Aggies on their way to its highest scoring game since 2009. Allison Kelly, Edwards, Lisa Kemp, Elise Winbrock and Taylor Duffner all found the net for UC Davis.

Kelly and Edwards scored to give UC Davis a 2-1 halftime advatage, and the Aggies didn’t let up in the second frame.

The Aggies were granted a penalty kick in the 48th minute of the game and senior Kemp capitalized on the opportunity.

Winbrock and Duffner each tacked another goal on the scoreboard bringing the Aggies’ total to five.

The Aggie defense also played well, allowing the Spartans to attempt only four shots in the entire game.? Robinson had plenty of praise for her offense.

“They [the offense] were just clinical, we got a goal from almost every attacking player that played. To get that kind of production from that many people, it really speaks to the discipline and focus we had going into the game.”

She also complimented the defensive unit.

“We were making decisions much quicker and we handled the pressure really well,” Robinson said. “We’ve got some tough opponents coming up but if we keep this momentum going we’ll play well,” Robinson said.

KIM CARR can be reached at sports@theaggie.org. ??

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