Lauren Battung scored the game-winning goal in the second overtime on Friday afternoon as California spoiled UC Davis' upset bid to record a 2-1 nonconference women's soccer win at Aggie Soccer Field.
The loss was the first of the season for UC Davis which fell to 3-1-1 while the Golden Bears, who are receiving votes for the NSCAA Top 25, improved to 5-2. Hannah Hicks scored her first goal of the season for UC Davis while Mekenna deBack scored her second of the year for Cal.
UC Davis outshot Cal 17-12 overall, including an 8-3 advantage in shots on goal, however it were the Bears that were able to make the most of their opportunities.
"We had chances and that's the game," said Aggie coach Maryclaire Robinson. "The team that wins it is the one that finishes chances. It doesn't matter what the stat sheet says."
UC Davis had most of the early chances, outshooting Cal 5-1 in the opening 30 minutes. However, the Bears were the first team able to convert when deBack took a cross from Rachel Mercik and headed it in the goal in the 33rd minute.
The Aggies came right back, though, scoring 10 minutes later when Stephanie Bell's shot from close in was blocked on the goal line by defender Emi Lawson whose rebound went right to Hicks. Hicks then deposited into the back of the net for the tie.
Neither team was able to score in the second half as Bears goalkeeper Emily Kruger made three saves while the first overtime went without a shot on goal. Kruger stopped Sienna Drizin's shot in the 101st minute before Battung took a pass from Hasset on the left side and fired it in for the game-winner in the 103rd.
"The one disappointment about today was the result," Robinson said. "In terms of how we carried ourselves, in terms of the types of chances we created, those were legit opportunities against a very good team. In terms of being proud, absolutely. I think UC Davis had a great day today.
"I think the facility was fantastic," she added. "In terms of people coming and watching, it was a great game. We did very well and we did ourselves proud, we just have to finish some more chances."
The Aggies will return to action on Sunday, hosting Northern Arizona at 1 p.m. The game is part of a doubleheader with the UC Davis men's team which will host Central Florida at 4.
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