UC Davis wasted no time getting on the board in Sunday’s game at Nevada.
The Aggies scored their earliest goal of the season, finding the net less than two and a half minutes into the game when junior Allison Kelly scored off an assist from sophomore Ashley Edwards. The goal was Kelly’s third of the season and helped Edwards nab her first assist of the year.
UC Davis kept applying the pressure throughout the first half. The Aggies had three more shots on goal but unfortunately none of them found the net.
Overall the UC Davis managed 13 shots with seven of them being on goal, while Nevada took seven shots, with five of those being on target.
Neither team was able to find the net in the final 87 minutes of action, and the single score was enough to give UC Davis a 1-0 victory over Nevada. The win ended UC Davis’ two-game losing streak and gave the Aggies a 6-3 record as they enter Big West Conference play this weekend.
The game marked UC Davis’ fifth shut-out in six wins this season. Senior goalkeeper Maria Magana produced yet another strong performance, tallying five saves in the match on her way to a clean-sheet.
Coach MaryClaire Robinson was impressed with her team’s performance.
“I’m proud of how we battled,” she said. “We handled the physicality of the game well.”
Despite finding the net just once against the Wolf Pack, the Aggies’ offense is entering the league season in a good form. UC Davis has spread the ball around, with eight players finding the net so far and seven notching at least one assist.
The Aggies are hoping to place higher in conference this year and to do so they have been working hard to keep the intensity and focus high for the full 90 minutes of every game. UC Davis hopes to keep its momentum rolling as they kick off Big West play against UC Irvine Friday at 3 p.m. at Aggie Soccer Field.
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