Junior Christine Hoffman captured the women’s 4-kilometer race in 14 minutes, 17 seconds while classmate Brandon Pugh took third in the men’s 6K on Saturday as each led their respective UC Davis cross country teams to wins at the season-opening Aggie Open.
Competing at the Putah Creek Reserve Course, five of the top seven female finishers were Aggies as the locals topped Sacramento State, 20-39.
On the men’s side, UCD’s Trevor Halsted — a Davis High graduate — cruised to a win in 18:46, but he was running unattached. Hornet Jacob Huston took second and the next five scoring runners were Aggies, pacing the local men to a 20-45 win over Sac State.
Pugh crossed in 19:05 for third overall, followed by a crew of UCD juniors: Eric Neill in fifth (19:22), Nick Ratto in sixth (19:23), Jordon Rushing in seventh (19:23) and Patrick Fitzgerald in eighth (19:26).
Both UCD squads return to action on Sept. 13 at the West Coast Conference Preview in Sunnyvale.
UCD women’s volleyball
Junior outside hitter Kaylin Squyres compiled a total of 47 kills in nine total sets on Saturday to earn Rice Invitational all-tournament honors, but the Aggies ultimately dropped both of their Day 2 matches and finished the season-opening event at 0-3.
On Saturday, UCD lost to Fresno State, 19-25, 25-21, 28-26, 22-25, 15-11, then later fell to Louisiana-Layafayette in four games.
Squyres tied her career high of 24 kills against the Bulldogs and followed with 23 kills, a .326 hitting average and 12 digs in a 25-20, 20-25, 25-18, 25-21 loss to the Ragin’ Cajuns. Senior Valerie Brain chipped in eight kills and a .312 clip in that match.
Senior Megan Lancaster recorded a career-high 27 digs against Fresno, while sophomore Allie Wegener also put up her first career 20-kill match, and nearly doubled her previous high with 60 total swings.
On Friday, Squyres had nine kills but tournament host Rice swept the Aggies, 25-21, 26-24, 25-19.
Next up for UCD is a Wednesday match (7 p.m.) at St. Mary’s.
UCD women’s soccer
A sharp-angled shot from Sienna Drizin in the 78th minute of Friday’s nonconference match against San Jose State gave the Aggies a 1-0 win, their third straight victory in home openers.
UCD is now 2-1 on the season after beating the Spartans (0-2) for the third consecutive time.
“Everyone (who attended Friday’s match) can see how dangerous San Jose State is,” said Aggie coach Twila Kaufman. “They have a few international players who have a solid first touch and can create plays when the ball is at their feet.
“That was the best performance from (our) back line this season. They did a great job containing those players and limiting their scoring opportunities.”
Both teams recorded six shots apiece throughout the afternoon, but it was Drizin who recorded the one that counted on a play that started from a precarious position on the field.
After receiving a pass from Mandy McKeegan, who started the decisive play of the day by causing a turnover, Drizin sprinted with the ball down the far sideline, then juked a pair of SJSU defenders near the end line.
With open grass between them, Spartan goalkeeper Zoe Makrigiannis stepped off her line, forcing Drizin to make a decision. Her choice was to take a shot at the near post, spinning the ball into the net.
UCD goalkeeper Taylor Jern made three saves on the afternoon, making Drizin’s goal all the Aggies would need.
UCD is back at Aggie Soccer Field on Sunday to host Quinnipiac at 1 p.m.
UCD men’s soccer
In a defensive struggle on Friday at the Bert and Iris Wolstein Classic, host Ohio State and UCD each had just three shots on goal and none found the net in a scoreless tie at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
The Buckeyes outshot the Aggies 21-8 overall, including a 3-2 margin in the second overtime, but UCD goalie Kris Schultz stopped the only three that came his way.
In the Aggies’ season opener, Matt Sheldon had two of his team’s shots on goal, while Davis High graduate Ryan Gross took the other.
UCD returns to tournament action on Sunday, facing Canisius at 9 a.m.
In a road match Saturday at Wilmington, the Sacramento Republic FC extended its unbeaten streak to nine and recorded its eighth shutout of the season. Unfortunately for the local USL PRO squad, it couldn’t find the net and had to settle for a 0-0 draw.
The Republic pressured the Hammerheads from the start, including one early play that saw Adam Jahn of Davis attempt a sliding shot, but he just missed sending the ball past Wilmington goalkeeper Brad Stuver.
First-half attempts by Chad Bartlomé and Max Alvarez also came up empty, with Alvarez forcing Stuver to make tough diving save.
In the 76th minute it was Republic FC goalkeeper Jake Gleeson’s turn to make a great save when midfielder Corben Bone slipped behind the defense and went one-on-one. Gleeson charged off his line and deflected the shot off his chest, preserving the tie.
The shutout was the fifth for Gleeson.
Sacramento returns home to face Oklahoma City on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Little League fall ball
Registration is open through Monday for the Davis Little League’s fall baseball season.
DLL offers AA through Juniors teams in the fall so players should be between 7 and 14 years old by April 30, 2015.
Cost is $125.
For more information, visit http://davislittleleague.org/index.php.
Registration is now open for the upcoming River City Rowing Juniors season.
An informational meeting for interested rowers — ages 13 to 18 — and their parents is set for Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the RCRC boathouse at the Port of West Sacramento.
Visit www.rivercityrowing.org for more information and to request a registration packet.