Aggies, Gaels battle to a 2-2 draw

Hinsseenee Regassa's goal tied Saturday's match at 2-2 and forced overtime at Saint Mary's.
Sept. 24, 2016

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MORAGA, Calif. - Freshmen Roisin Allaeddini and Hinsseenee Regassa recorded their first collegiate goals during Saturday's non-conference match in Moraga, and Aggie goalkeeper Alexis Smith collected four saves as UC Davis and Saint Mary's ended their final non-conference matches of the season with a 2-2 double-overtime draw.

UC Davis will enter Friday evening's Big West Conference opener at CSUN with a 4-5-2 overall record; Saint Mary's will begin West Coast Conference play sporting a 2-7-2 mark.

Allaeddini scored the Aggies' first goal 14:30 into the first half on her team's first corner kick of the afternoon. After starting her team's set piece by passing the ball to Nicole Bouvia, Allaeddini rushed into the box to join the play in progress. Bouvia then found Crystal Crump, who decided to kick the ball back to Allaeddini instead of taking a shot on goal. That decision paid immediate dividends because the Aggie newcomer beat SMC goalkeeper Julia McDonald to the upper left-hand side of the goal, giving her team an early lead in the process.

That advantage held until the opening minutes of the second half when the Gaels drew even by converting on a penalty kick. Saint Mary's took a 2-1 lead 20 minutes later, but that slim cushion quickly disappeared when Regassa tied the score with six minutes remaining in regulation.


 

 

It was Mandy McKeegan who set up the game-tying goal when she found her teammate at the top of the box. Once Regassa received the ball, she chipped the ball over McDonald, who had no chance to make a play since the ball was kicked perfectly out of her reach. On that beautiful touch chip, Regassa thwarted the Gaels' chance of sweeping its matches against Causeway opponents -- SMC defeated Sacramento State 2-1 in comeback fashion last week -- and forced the Aggies to compete in its third overtime contest of the year.

As was the case in overtime, each team recorded one shot in double OT. Neither team was able to break through in either extra session, and departed Saint Mary's Stadium with a draw.

Allaeddini, Damian and Celina Minissian, who faced her former team for the final time in her collegiate career on Saturday, each ended their day with two shots. Besides UC Davis' goal scorers, Crump also recorded a shot on goal.

Women's soccer will now have six days to prepare for its Big West opener at CSUN. Friday's contest will start at 7 p.m. and end UC Davis' current three-match road swing.