Review Category : Women’s Soccer

Women’s soccer year in review

Women’s soccer had a season focused on rebuilding. With so many new faces on the roster, the team worked on building chemistry and showcasing its new talent. While the Aggies did not close the season with the record they were hoping for, they put together some amazing performances. UC Davis closed the season with a 8-9-1 record and with a 3-5-1 conference record. The Aggies earned most of their wins at the beginning of the season but their best soccer came in the second half of the year. Head coach MaryClaire Robinson mentioned the inherent unfairness in a game of soccer where the outcome of the game is dependent on a split second of play as opposed to the 90 minutes as a whole. “Soccer is a very unforgiving sport sometimes,” she said. Although Davis struggled to earn conference wins this year, it was never blown out by an opponent. Every conference loss was decided by a single goal, and toward the end of the year, the Aggie offense struggled... ...

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Aggies shut down the Hornets 2-1 in Big West Thriller

After 20 games, 31 goals and countless celebrations and road-trips, the UC Davis men’s soccer team find themselves in the No. 1 spot in the North Division of the Big West Championships. The Aggies officially clinched the top spot after defeating No. 2 seed Sacramento State at home in front of a season high of 1,349 fans. “I just think it was a good battle between two good teams,” said head coach Dwayne Shaffer. “Sacramento State is a very good team and today was our day. I thought we were prepared and played well and did everything we needed to do to score the goals to win the game. I’m extremely excited for the team. We’re champions of the North and I think it is well-deserved. We’re looking forward to competing in the Big West Tournament and hosting a game on Wednesday and I hope all the Aggie supporters come on out.” Sophomore forward Matt Wiesenfarth led the team to victory with goals in the eighth and 46th minutes of... ...

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Victory lap

This year’s women’s soccer squad has battled through a season of hard-fought victories and tough losses, but Sunday’s game against UC Riverside gave them one final chance to come together and win. The Aggies closed out the rough season on a high note with the victory over the Highlanders. Friday — Cal State Fullerton 2, UC Davis 1 The Aggies started the weekend with a Friday afternoon kick-off against top-ranked Cal State Fullerton. The first half was a back and forth fight between offenses, but the Titans found the scoreboard first when sophomore Adriana Gjonovich snuck one past freshman goalkeeper Taylor Jern. The score came in the 42nd minute of the first half and it gave CSU Fullerton a 1-0 lead. “We had one mistake [in the first half] and they snuck one in,” said head coach MaryClaire Robinson. The Titans were quick to find the back of the net again, when senior JeAnna Mazeau earned her fourth score of the season from seven yards out. The UC Davis offense... ...

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Women’s soccer preview

Teams: UC Davis vs. Cal State Fullerton; UC Riverside Records: Aggies, 7-8-2 (2-4-1); Titans, 8-8-0 (5-2-0); Highlanders, 6-9-3 (1-5-1) Where: Aggie Soccer Stadium When:  Friday at 2 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Who to watch: The women’s soccer team’s offense has been plagued with sluggish first halves lately. UC Davis has been falling behind early and playing catch up for most of their games. In order to be first on the scoreboard the Aggies will need senior Allison Kelly to connect early and often. The Sacramento, Calif. native was the Aggies’ most productive offensive player last year. This season she’s still among the top scorers for UC Davis. These two home games could be her last as an Aggie and she will need to utilize her speed and footwork to ensure a pair of victories. Did you know? UC Davis kicks off the weekend against Cal State Fullerton. The TItans are fresh off their big win over top-ranked Cal Poly. The Mustangs were undefeated until their trip to Southern California... ...

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Women’s soccer shows resiliency despite losses

UC Davis dropped to seventh in the Big West Conference after suffering losses to Hawai’i and Cal State Northridge this weekend. Friday — Hawai’i 3, UC Davis 2 “It was a tale of two halves,” head coach MaryClaire Robinson said. Hawai’i took the lead early and never let it go as they topped UC Davis 3-2 in Friday’s Big conference match. The Rainbow Wahine came out firing and they managed to put away two goals in the first half. Sophomore Krystal Pascua was the first to find the back of the net, sneaking one into the lower right corner of the goal. Three minutes later, fellow sophomore Tiana Fujimoto also found the lower right corner of the net to give Hawai’i an early 2-0 lead. Hawai’i’s offense came out firing and managed to outshoot UC Davis 10 to one in the first half. The Aggies trailed for the remainder of the first half as the offense struggled to put any opportunities together. “We found ourselves in a hole early,” Robinson... ...

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Women’s Soccer preview

Teams: UC Davis at Hawai’i: at Cal State Northridge Records: Aggies, 7-6-2 (2-2-1); Rainbow Wahine 6-8-2 (1-4-0); Matadors 6-5-4 (3-1-1) Where: Waipi’o Peninsula Soccer Stadium—Honolulu; Matador Soccer Field—Northridge, Calif. When:  Friday at 10 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m. Who to watch: UC Davis was plagued by late game let downs this past weekend. In order to earn some wins this weekend they will need top notch leadership. Head Coach MaryClaire Robinson has heralded the efforts of junior Mary Beth Mazurak this season. “She’s been tough for us and it’s been great,” Robinson said. The Ventura, Calif. native needs to keep the squad focused because they have a lot of miles to travel this weekend. The Aggies need to stay sharp in spite of the time changes and Mazurak’s determination will set a perfect example. Did you know? UC Davis will travel over 5,000 miles and play two Big West conference matches this weekend. Preview: The Aggies are facing Hawai’i, Cal State Northridge and a lot of traveling this weekend. There... ...

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Late game letdowns cost Aggies in weekend matchups

The Aggies did not have the homecoming they were hoping for, but head coach MaryClaire Robinson was still proud of her squad. “The result sucks but the process is there,” Robinson said. “The level of play was awesome, it just comes down to the finishing.” After the weekend games, the Aggies stand at a respectable 7-6-2 overall and 2-2-1 in conference. Friday — Long Beach State 2, UC Davis 0 UC Davis kicked off against Long Beach State on Friday afternoon and the offensive shootout that ensued had fans on the edge of their seats for the whole game. The Aggie defense was thoroughly tested by the explosive 49er offense. Long Beach State managed 13 shot attempts through the course of the game, but they could not manage to find the back of the Aggie net until late in the first half. Junior Eileen Maes scored the lone goal of the day in the 77th minute to give the 49er’s their 1-0 lead. UC Davis’ offense took 10 attempts in... ...

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Women’s soccer preview

Teams: UC Davis vs. Long Beach State; vs. UC Irvine Records: Aggies, 7-5-1 (2-1-0); 49ers, 9-5-0 (2-2-0); Anteaters 7-8-0 (3-1-0) Where: Aggie Soccer Stadium When:  Friday at 3 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m. Who to watch: Freshman Sienna Drizin is one of the fresh faces head coach MaryClaire Robinson has been talking about this season. The Las Vegas, Nev. native has scored four goals for the Aggies this season including the game winner against Pacific last Friday. Drizin and her teammates have combined for 20 goals in the first 13 games of the season. Did you know? UC Davis has spent the last month on the road playing at away stadiums. This weekend they have a chance to earn the second — and possibly the first — rank in the Big West Conference in front of their home crowd. Preview: First up on the agenda is the Friday match against sixth-ranked Long Beach State. The 49ers are coming off a tough 3-4 double overtime loss to Cal Poly last Sunday. UC... ...

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From start to finish

UC Davis struck first and last in the slugfest against Big West Conference rival Pacific on Friday night. The Aggies traveled to Stockton to face off against the Tigers under the bright lights on Knowles Field and the squad made sure the bus ride home had a victorious mood to it. Head coach MaryClaire Robinson was thrilled with the energy and the competitive ferocity her team maintained through the game. “It was a fantastic team effort. We had a great energy and it was a beautiful night to play,” she said. It all started when freshman Sienna Drizin scored off a pass from junior Bridget Berman in the 20th minute, putting the Aggies up 1-0. The goal was Drizin’s third of the season and it evidenced the strong talent of this young team. Pacific did not take long to bounce back and managed to even the score just 10 minutes later. Sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Jern made an impressive penalty kick save but sophomore Tiger Mirella Mattos bested her on the... ...

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Women’s soccer preview

Teams: UC Davis vs. Pacific Records: Aggies, 6-5-1 (1-1-0); Tigers, 3-7-1 (0-1-1) Where: Knowles Field, Stockton When:  Friday at 7 p.m. Who to watch: The Aggies graduated a number of remarkable players last year and goalkeeper Maria Magana was one of them. This year, sophomore Taylor Jern has stepped up to guard the goal for UC Davis. The Corona, Calif. native has done an impressive job this season, boasting a .836 save percentage. The Aggies are aiming for a slot in the Big West Championship game and Jern’s continued prowess in the net will help them achieve it. Did you know? Last year’s match against Pacific was pushed into overtime after both squads were offensively stagnant for the entire second half. However, UC Davis managed to reign in the victory after scoring just three minutes into overtime. Preview: Only one more game before UC Davis can come home to Aggie Soccer Field. The Aggie squad has spent the last month on the road and they are ready to get down to... ...

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Aggies split weekend

The UC Davis women’s soccer team kicked off Big West conference play with two games on the road this weekend.  The Aggies took down UC Santa Barbara in overtime, but could not pull out a victory over Cal Poly and split the weekend matchups. Friday — UC Davis 2, UC Santa Barbara 1 (OT) The Aggies headed down to Santa Barbara on Friday and managed to earn a 2-1 OT victory against the Gauchos. The first half was scoreless but it was certainly not due to a lack of action. UC Davis tallied 13 attempts on the goal during the first half but the offense was unable to find the back of the net until the 76th minute when senior Allison Kelly booted one in for a goal. UC Santa Barbara struck back 10 minutes later when sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Jern was unable to block a header shot by Gaucho sophomore Madison Beckley. Junior Hannah Hicks took another shot on the goal during regulation but was unable to get past... ...

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Bring it on

UC Davis women’s soccer enjoyed one of its best seasons to date last year and they have no intentions of letting up now. The team has already used its considerable depth to fill holes left by last year’s graduating seniors. Head coach MaryClaire Robinson has worked during the offseason to develop a team of athletes completely dedicated to physical intensity and mental toughness. Their efforts have earned a respectable seventh-place coach’s ranking in the Big West Conference as well as a record of 5-4-1. UC Davis kicked off the season with a bang, earning a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Fresno State. Senior Allison Kelly and junior Ashley Edwards continued to lead the Aggie offense and scored a goal apiece against the Bulldogs. Coach Robinson was pleased with the win and was most impressed with the organization her team showed on the field. “We’ve got a young group and they had a great showing,” Robinson said. The Aggies moved on to play rival Sacramento State Hornets and the game ended up... ...

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Honorable Mention

It was a landmark year for the UC Davis women’s soccer team, and the heart of that team was senior defender Aisha Lott. While the Milpitas, Calif. native scored just one goal this season, the majority of her work was done stopping opponents from finding the net. Her defense and leadership helped spark the Aggies to their first ever Big West Conference tournament appearance this season — despite being picked to finish eighth in the conference’s preseason poll. Lott was a central feature in the UC Davis defense that allowed just 1.32 goals per-game this season. For her efforts, Lott was awarded first-team All-Big West honors for the second time in her career. With Lott now graduating, UC Davis will have quite a void to fill in its back-line next season. — Trevor Cramer ...

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Aggies bounce back

UC Davis travelled to Stanford on Thursday to compete in its third NorPac tournament since regaining varsity status in 2009. Coming off of the momentum created by their recent 4-1 win against Pacific, the Aggies were optimistic about their play in the upcoming matches. While that momentum was not enough to power UC Davis past Davidson’s strong offense in the first round, the Aggies were able to rally in their second match to end the season with a win. Thursday — Davidson 4, UC Davis 1 The final score of the Aggies’ match against Davidson doesn’t accurately represent the tense battle that took place on the field. UC Davis came out strong and took the initial lead off of a goal by junior Emily Mecke in the 14th minute of play. However, Davidson’s Finley Amato answered with a goal for the Wildcats five minutes later, tying the score at one. The tie lasted for the rest of the first half and the game remained deadlocked for much of the second... ...

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Setting records

The Aggies took the pitch Thursday evening with their best season in Division I history on the line. On their way to posting the best Big West Conference record in school history, they defeated rivals Sacramento State and Cal Poly Pomona. They also earned a tie against 19th ranked UC Irvine, a golden goal win over Pacific and spent most of October building a five-game winning streak. All of this added up to earn the fourth-place Aggies their first ever bid to the Big West Tournament. Unfortunately for UC Davis, it was unable to finish the season with a win, falling to UC Irvine 1-0 and being eliminated from the conference tournament. The Aggies finished the year 11-7-1, 4-3-1 in Big West action. The Anteater offense fired early and often Thursday evening. They totaled eight shots in the first half, four of which were on target. However, UC Davis goalkeeper Maria Magana refused to let anything past her, saving all four of UC Irvine’s attempts on frame. The Aggies tallied... ...

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