MORAGA, Calif. -- UC Davis freshman Jacob Rudolph scored the first goal of his Division I career to bring his team level with just under seven minutes to play in regulation, but neither team could dent the back of the net in a pair of overtime periods as the Aggies and host Saint Mary's battled to a 1-1 draw on Thursday afternoon at Saint Mary's Stadium in Moraga, Calif.
The Aggies moved to 3-5-1 overall on the year despite playing a man up for the final 10 minutes of overtime after the Gaels' Jack Mortensen was issued a red card with 1:26 to play in the first extra period.
Saint Mary's, which outshot UC Davis by a 15-8 count, moved to 2-3-3 overall with the result.
Both teams played to a scoreless first 45 minutes, with the Gaels holding a 7-4 advantage in shots, before Saint Mary's broke the deadlock in the 69th minute. Ever De La Torre tallied the unassisted strike for his first of the year, roofing a shot from 15 yards out that clipped the crossbar and snuck in the left corner for the 1-0 lead.
The advantage lasted until the 84th minute when Rudolph, a computer engineering major from Clovis, Calif., came up with his first career goal to even things up just three minutes after checking into the match. Rudolph took a pass from teammate Nabi Kibunguchy, and buried a shot to the lower left corner to make it 1-1.
Kibunguchy, a managerial economics major from Elk Grove, Calif., who missed all but four matches last season and all but two this season due to injury, collected his first career point with the assist.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jon Laughlin and Saint Mary's keeper Andrew Konstantino each made saves in the final five minutes to force overtime, where the Gaels took the only shot attempt in either of the two extra periods -- a header by Ben Braman in the 96th minute that was stopped by Laughlin.
Laughlin, a managerial economics major, finished with two saves in 30 minutes off the bench, while sophomore Wallis Lapsley recorded four saves in the first 80 minutes of the match for the Aggies.
Noah Wilson and Evan Barrett each finished with two shots to lead UC Davis, while Maxwell Mirner finished with a match-high three attempts to pace Saint Mary's.
With the non-conference portion of their schedule behind them, the Aggies open Big West Conference play at home next weekend, hosting UC Irvine on Thursday (Sept. 28) at 4 p.m., and CSUN on Saturday (Sept. 30) at 2 p.m.
Thursday's match against the Anteaters is the second half of a double header with the UC Davis women's team, which hosts Hawai'i in its conference opener at 1:30 p.m.
NCAA Soccer Game Summary (Final)
UC Davis (3-5-1) vs. Saint Mary's (CA) (2-3-3)
Date: 9/21/2017 Attendance: 108
Weather: 60s sunny and cool
Goals by period 1 2 OT O2 Tot
UC Davis…......….. 0 1 0 0 - 1
Saint Mary's (CA)... 0 1 0 0 - 1
1. 68:53 SMC De La Torre, Ever (unassisted) - shot from 15 yards out hit crossbar and
2. 83:33 UCD Rudolph, Jacob (Kibunguchy, Nabi) - shot into bottom right corner by 17
Shots: UC Davis 8, Saint Mary's (CA) 15
Saves: UC Davis 6 (Lapsley, Wallis 4; Laughlin, Jon 2), Saint Mary's (CA) 1 (Konstantino, Andrew 1)
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