Oct. 23, 2011
DAVIS, Calif. -
Fourteenth-ranked California scored two goals in a span of 30 seconds during the final minute of regulation Sunday and then won it in overtime on Megan Shimojima's second goal, as the Golden Bears beat UC Davis 3-2 in a NorPac women's field hockey game at Aggie Stadium.
Emily Mecke scored two first-half goals for the Aggies who fell to 3-11 overall and 1-4 in the NorPac. Cal improved to 13-3 overall and 4-2 in the league. It was the second straight year the teams have played overtime at Aggie Stadium.
Shimojima scored the Bears' first goal with 58 seconds left before Andrea Earle got the equalizer just 28 seconds later. The game-winner came in the 11th minute of overtime.
"Cal's a very disciplined team, a very smart team and that showed today," said Campos. "I don't know what we could've necessarily done to change it. We took care of the ball, we were smart in slowing the game down and were really trying to play as composed as possible."
The Aggies jumped on Cal early in the game when Mecke deflected in a shot by Nadia Namdari on a penalty corner barely more than 11 minutes into the game. Kristen Lopez, one of two seniors along with Sarah Schneider playing in their final home game, picked up her team-high eighth assist on the play as well.
UC Davis used good defense to make that goal stand up until Mecke struck again the 34th minute, stealing the ball in the circle and putting it into the back of the cage. It was her team-leading sixth goal and gave her an Aggie-best 13 points.
UC Davis continued to control the scoreboard down to the game's final minutes before the Bears picked up their first goal with 58 seconds remaining on Shimojima's shot from about 15 feet away.
The Bears didn't take long to tie the game in a frantic final 60 seconds as Earle scored on an assist from Erin Magill after a penalty corner. UC Davis had an opportunity to win the game on the final play of regulation when it earned a penalty corner but was unable to get a shot.
Craven, who had nine saves in the game, had two of them during the seven-on-seven overtime period before Shannon Elmitt crossed a pass from the left side which Shimojima punched in on the right side.
Despite the loss, Campos saw a lot of positives in how the Aggies battled the 14th-ranked team in the country, especially on defense.
"We knew we'd have to get on them early... (and) we did just that and that's why we dominated," said Campos. "The first line of defense was pressuring them and really just trying to mess them up, and the second line was doing a great job coming up with balls and really transitioning into attack.
"It worked for us and got us some goals early on and got us some (penalty) corners," she added.
Cal outshot UC Davis 20-9 although only 8-7 in the first half. Cloey LemMon joined Mecke with two shots on goal for UC Davis.
UC Davis will play its final regular-season game on Saturday when it visits Pacific in a NorPac matchup. The Aggies will then prep for the NorCal Tournament next week at Stanford.