SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - What started with UC Davis' 13th penalty corner of Saturday's non-conference match in Springfield, Missouri, ended shortly thereafter with the game-winning goal when Courtney Hessler found Lauren Mewes five yards out on the left-hand side of the circle, capping a thrilling Aggie comeback that ended with a 2-1 win in overtime at Missouri State.
UC Davis will enter Sunday's 1 p.m. Pacific / 3 p.m. Central neutral-site match vs. LIU Brooklyn with a 2-6 record while the Bears fall to 1-5 with the result.
Even though MSU took a 1-0 lead 1:16 into Saturday's match, UC Davis dominated the rest of regulation, and the entire overtime period. Even though both teams played stellar defense throughout the afternoon, they did so for different reasons.
After allowing that early goal, UC Davis responded by swarming the Bears whenever they neared their scoring circle, and did not allow a shot on goal for the remaining 68:41 of regulation and the entire overtime.
Missouri State's defense, however needed to play at a high level just to prevent UC Davis from turning its 1-0 deficit into a blowout victory because the Aggies owned every facet of Saturday's match after that early goal took place. Not only did the they out-shoot the Bears 12-5 and record 12 shots on goal compared to their opponent's one, a season-high 13 of the 16 corners taken throughout the day were earned by UC Davis.
Entering Saturday's matchup, the Aggies earned 17 corners throughout its first seven games combined.
On one end of the turf, UC Davis' goalkeeper, Beth Lee, did not need to make a save because outside of that early strike, the Aggies never gave the Bears an opportunity to add to its lead. On the other end, the Aggies made sure that Feli Heinzel kept busy all day long because she finished with 10 saves.
Even though Heinzel made key stops, there was nothing she could do to prevent Kathleen Humpries' shot, taken in the 61st minute, from tying the score.
After Agustina Singh collected a rebound off Sara Janetzky's attempt, she passed to Humphries instead of taking a shot of her own. By doing so, Singh passed up a good scoring opportunity to create a great one for her teammate, who ended up tying the score thanks to that unselfish decision.
Since the score remained tied at 1-1 throughout regulation, UC Davis entered its first overtime match in more than a year -- extra time was last needed on Sept. 18, 2015, when UC Davis visited Central Michigan. As was the case that day in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, the Aggies emerged from Allison North Stadium on Saturday with a 2-1 win.
UC Davis earned all three corners, and both shots taken by either team in overtime; it was the Aggies' 13th penalty corner that led to Hessler finding an open Mewes for the decisive goal.
Led by Hessler with four, 10 different Aggies recorded a shot against the Bears.
Saturday marked the fourth time out of the six head-to-head matchups that overtime was needed to determine a winner. Of those four occasions, UC Davis collected a `W' three times.
A live stats link for Sunday's neutral-site contest, vs. LIU Brooklyn, is available at UCDavisAggies.com.