Aggie Women end Big West game in a tie

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The UC Davis women’s soccer team battled it out in their Big West Conference home opener Thursday at Aggie Soccer Field.

The Aggies, down two starters, recorded their third draw of the season in a 2-2 draw with co-defending Big West regular season champions UC Irvine. The Aggies’ last tie game was Sept. 8 against Boise State.

UCD (3-4-3 overall, 0-1-1 Big West) lost its first game of the Big West Conference season on Sept. 15 in Hawai’i. UCI (4-3-3 overall, 0-0-2 Big West) tied with UC San Diego in their opener against Big West on Sept. 18.

“We did a lot of really good things today,” said UCD head coach Tracy Hamm. “There were some disappointments on weak goals, but a good performance overall.”

The Aggies struck first in the game in the 15th minute, 43rd second with a goal from defenseman Lexi Trucco and an assist from forward Emma Vane.

At 7:35 p.m., the Anteaters were awarded a free kick after a foul on UCD’s Lindsay Porter. The shot to the bottom right of the net was stopped by goaltender Caeley Goldstein.

Then the UCI tied the game with a goal at 41:20. At halftime, the teams were still tied at one goal each.

The Aggies regained the lead at 53:12 when forward Sarah Canavan found the back of the net, again helped by Vane. Vane recorded both of UCD’s assists in the game.

In the 61st minute, the Anteaters equalized the game with another goal.

UCI took another hit at 76:58, but Goldstein was there to save it.

Canavan took a shot for UCD at 81:10 but it was off target. She then received a yellow card for unsportsmanlike behavior 40 seconds later.

Goldstein recorded his final save of the day on another UCI shot with seven minutes left in the game.

The Aggies took five shots in the game. Canavan took three hits while Trucco and Genavieve Fontes each took one.

UCD only had two shots on goal, which were Trucco and Canavan’s goals.

Goldstein recorded three saves in the game.

The Aggies committed 11 fouls against the Anteaters in total.

“I thought Lexi Trucco was phenomenal today,” Hamm said. “She’s our defensive midfielder and she did exactly what she’s supposed to do. She was a winner on the ball there and changed the attacking point for us, being very mobile. Emma Vane was also another fantastic player for us today, when she’s on the pitch she does good things.

The Aggies’ next game is Sunday against CSU Northridge at Aggie Soccer Field. Game time is 1 p.m.

In their game against the Matadors this weekend, Coach Hamm expects his team to show more dominance when given the chance to score.

“We need to seize opportunities better,” she said. “There were a few missed chances today that we should have found the back of the net on.”

After their game against CSUN, the Aggies will play three straight road games to start October.

— Follow Rebecca Wasik on Twitter: @BeccaFromTheBay.

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