Freshman managerial economics major Connor Tipton
scored in the 47th minute and the Aggies' defense made it stand, as junior global disease biology major Wallis Lapsley
stopped four shots and UC Davis clinched a Big West Conference Tournament berth with a 1-0 victory over rival Sacramento State in the regular season finale for both teams on Saturday at Hornet Field.
The Aggies improved to 10-4-3 overall and 3-3-1 in league play, advancing to the league tournament for the eighth consecutive season — the only conference member to earn a berth every year in that span. UC Davis is currently the No. 4 seed, but the Aggies await their final seeding after the results of the three remaining matches later tonight.
In the process, UC Davis also swept the season series from its rival, earning another two-and-a-half points and giving the Aggies a 15-0 lead over the Hornets in the race for this year's Causeway Cup, and earned their 10th victory of the season to give the program back-to-back 10-win seasons for the first time since 2007 (12) and 2008 (13).
Sacramento State fell to 4-11-2 overall and 2-5 in conference play, shutout for the fourth consecutive match dating back to Oct. 10.
After a contentious first half that saw nearly as many fouls (14) as shots (15), as well as four cards, it was Tipton's score just two minutes into the second half that would put UC Davis ahead for good.
Senior political science major Justin Wright
got the play going as his initial shot inside the 18 was deflected right back out to him on the right side, where he took a touch to clear some space and fed the ball again to the middle of the six, where Tipton was waiting to flick it in past a diving Ryan Curtis for his second goal — and second game-winner — of the year.
Wright's assist was his fourth of the year, tying him with freshman neurobiology, physiology, and behavior major Robert Mejia
for second on the team and giving him a point in five of the team's last eight contests.
Meanwhile, at the other end, Sacramento State was able to muster only four shots in the second half, putting one on frame that Lapsley was able to stop easily in the 67th minute en route to his sixth shutout of the year. The Seattle, Wash., native's four saves give him 69 for the season, tying Omar Zeenni for the program's single-season Division I record set in 2012.
Led by sophomore biological sciences major Jake Haupt
and his five shot attempts, the Aggies finished with a 13-9 shot advantage and a 5-4 lead in shots on goal for the match.
UC Davis awaits its opponent for the first round of the Big West Tournament, which will be held on Wednesday (Oct. 31) at a time to be announced at the home of the higher seeded team.
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