San Jose, Calif. - Mikaella Meibock extended her goal-scoring streak to three games, but San Jose State women's soccer (2-2-1) lost 3-1 to UC Davis Sunday afternoon at Aggie Soccer Field.
"We entered the game and did not have the same degree of focus that we have had the last couple of games," said Spartans head coach Jeff Leightman. "This really hurt us against a good opponent."
Junior Ashley Edwards opened scoring for UC Davis (2-0-1) nearly five minutes in to the game. Kiele Argente passed the ball to Edwards from the 30-yard line, who then spun around and shot over goalkeeper Emily Pryor's left shoulder. The goal was Edwards' second of the year.
San Jose State knotted the score at the 21-minute mark. Meibock, a freshman, was awarded a corner kick and her shot bounced past goalkeeper Taylor Jern. It was her fourth goal of the season and extended her scoring streak to three games.
But the Aggies regained its lead just 19 seconds in to the second half. Junior Kirstin Holmberg gave the ball to sophomore Lexi Poppoff who, on a breakaway, was able to tip the ball past Pryor. The goal was Poppoff's first of the season.
"We started to wake up near the end of the first half," said Leightman. "Then we came out and Davis scored right away. We cannot give up a goal 20 seconds in to the half."
Edwards closed out scoring in the 84 minute with her second goal of the game 20 yards to Pryor's left.
The Aggies outshot the Spartans 18-to-9, and led San Jose State in shots-on-goal, 4-to-3.
"We let too many external things affect us and we will be better for the next game," the Spartans head coach said. "We need to refocus and have a sharp week of training and come out on Friday (against the University of Nevada Wolfpack) the way we wanted to come out today."
San Jose State returns to action on Friday, September 7, for a 7:00 p.m. match versus the University of Nevada Wolfpack.