IRVINE Ñ The UC Davis womenÕs soccer team went up against a tough opponent in No. 23-ranked UC Irvine on Sunday, and dropped a 6-0 contest at Crawford Field.
After a 2-0 lead at halftime, the Anteaters scored four second-half goals to make sure of the win. Tanya Taylor poured in seven points, with two goals and three assists for UCI (10-1-2, 2-0 Big West).
With the loss, the Aggies dropped to 5-5-1 and 0-2 in conference play.
UCD played even with the Anteaters in the first 20 minutes, holding a 5-3 shot advantage and a 3-2 advantage in corner kicks. But UCI managed to break free in the 24th minute, with Mar Rodriguez scoring a goal to put the Anteaters up 1-0.
UCI wasted no time extending its lead, as Lexi Kopf converted on a goal just four minutes later.
Despite out-shooting the Anteaters 8-7 in the first half, the Aggies couldnÕt capitalize on a goal, and it was all UCI in the second half.
Kathleen Brandl and Maria Magana split time in goal for UCD, which returns home this weekend to host Cal State Fullerton on Friday at 3 p.m.
Aggie punter Colton Schmidt, who had a season-long 62-yard boot during UCDÕs 14-13 upset at San Jose State on Saturday, was named the Great West Conference Special Teams Player of the Week.
Schmidt, a 5-foot-11, 210-pound sophomore from Bakersfield, earned the accolade after averaging 39.1 yards on seven kicks, while pinning a pair inside the SpartansÕ 20-yard line. He boomed his 62-yarder in the first quarter with the Aggies backed inside their own 10-yard line.
Schmidt is averaging 39.4 yards a punt this season with 12 of his 29 kicks resulting in fair catches.
He is the third UCD player to earn Great West Player of the Week honors this season, joining running back Josh Reese, a DHS graduate who won offensive recognition on Sept. 19, and linebacker Marshall Congdon, who was the defensive winner last week.