After first-half goals by senior midfielders Ashley Edwards and Kiele Argente had the UC Davis women’s soccer team tied with visiting Drake, freshman Andrea Damian scored the game-winner as the Aggies won 3-2 on Sunday at Aggie Soccer Stadium.
The tiebreaking tally, which came with 17 minutes left, sent UCD’s record to 2-1-0 on the young season. The Bulldogs fell to 0-3-1.
“We snuck one in early, dominated most of the first half and were feeling good with the chances we created,” Aggie head coach Maryclaire Robinson said following the match. “We were playing some really good soccer.”
UCD got on the board just three minutes in when a cross from Lexi Poppoff and an Argente header set up Edwards’ shot that easily beat Drake goalkeeper Andrea Swanson.
The goal was Edwards’ first of the season, while Poppoff and Argente got their initial assists.
With just under 15 minutes left until halftime, Argente doubled the Aggies’ advantage with a delicate touch shot.
In all, UCD outshot Drake, 17-10, on the day, including Damian’s first goal as an Aggie.
On the play, the freshman intercepted a pass from one Bulldog defender to another to create a one-on-one situation.
UCD’s next nine matches are on the road, beginning with a Friday contest at the University of San Francisco.
UCD men’s soccer
Oregon State broke a scoreless tie nearly nine minutes into the second half, but it was a penalty kick in the 82nd minute that created a deficit too big to erase as the Aggies fell 2-0 on Sunday at Paul Lorenz Field in the final game of the University of Portland Tournament.
“We’re obviously disappointed with the start of the season, however, we are playing good soccer and doing all the right things needed to win games,” UCD head coach Dwayne Shaffer said after his team fell to 0-2.
“As was the case against Portland, we were able to create more quality scoring opportunities but were unable to find the back of the net.”
From start to finish, the Aggies were the more aggressive team and dominated nearly every facet of the nonconference match. In addition to earning twice as many corners as Oregon State (2-0) — UCD took 10 compared to the Beavers’ five — the Aggies also outshot their hosts, 23-12.
UCD’s shooting was paced by senior midfielder Alex Aguiar and sophomore midfielder Ryan Gross, a Davis High graduate, with four apiece.
Beginning with Friday’s match against Seattle (5 p.m.), the Aggies will play three of their next four contests at home.
DWPC youth clinic
The Davis Water Polo Club is offering its Fall Beginning Water Polo Clinic to boys and girls beginning this week. After a pair of free sessions (Tuesday and Thursday) that are open to kids of all ages from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., the paid clinics begin Sunday and run through Oct. 31.
The sessions begin Sunday at UCD’s Schaal Aquatics Center with players in fourth grade or younger meeting each Sunday afternoon from 4 to 5 p.m.
The eighth-grade and under and sixth-grade and under groups meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. beginning Sept. 10.
For more information, contact coach Jamey Wright at 530-758-1234 or firstname.lastname@example.org.