SAN DIEGO, Calif. – A pair of goals a minute apart by Taelor Moreno broke a seven-goal deadlock and propelled seventh-ranked San Diego State to a 9-7 victory against No. 16 UC Davis on Friday at the Aztec Aquaplex. The Aztecs rebounded in the second half after trailing by two at the break as they improved to 12-7 overall and 2-1 in the Big West.
SDSU gained the lead two minutes into the contest on a goal by Alex Ford, the first of two for her during the game. Soon after, UC Davis (10-10; 0-3 Big West) knotted the score at one-all on the first of three goals by Carmen Eggert. The score remained tied at one after one quarter of play.
The teams traded goals early in the second period as SDSU’s Bailey Wickliffe and Davis’ Jessica Dunn scored 30 second apart after an opponent ejection gave their respective teams the one-man advantage. The Aggies had the best of it the rest of the period, getting goals form Elsie Fullerton and a penalty shot from Eggert to go into halftime with a 4-2 lead.
The third quarter saw the Aztecs score three unanswered goals to take a 5-4 lead midway through the period. Two goals from Amber Pezzolla and one from Anique Hermann put SDSU on top before the visitors tied the game at five late in the quarter.
San Diego State looked to take control of the contest early in the fourth period as goals by Samantha Voigt and Ford gave the Aztecs a two-goal cushion at 7-5, but the Aggies came back to tie the game at seven. UCD’s Jessica Dunn scored just 11 seconds after Ford’s goal before Eggert completed her hat trick with 4:28 remaining.
It was then time for Moreno’s help, as she scored at the 2:50 and 1:43 marks to complete the final 9-7 score line in favor of SDSU.