Kohlmoos scores nine goals in Shootout Day 1

Junior Greta Kohlmoos scored four goals each against No. 11 Pacific and Sonoma State Saturday. (Wayne Tilcock, AggiePhoto.com)
Feb. 18, 2017

DAVIS, Calif. - Junior center Greta Kohlmoos scored a team-leading nine goals in three games, as No. 12 UC Davis went 2-1 at its own Aggie Shootout women’s water polo tournament Saturday. The Aggies lost to No. 11 Pacific by an 11-8 final to start the day, then posted a 19-6 win over Sonoma State and a 19-4 victory over Occidental during the evening session.

UC Davis moves to 6-11 for the year.

Kohlmoos scored four goals each against Pacific and SSU, then hit one more in limited action against Oxy. Sophomore Annie Kutt posted her first collegiate hat trick in the middle game against the Seawolves, while freshman Chloe Robinson led 13 Aggie scorers in the nightcap win against Occidental.

UC Davis struggled offensively early against Pacific, surrendering a 3-0 lead in the first quarter before Kohlmoos ended the scoreless drought with her goal to start the second frame. Each team traded a flurry of goals in the next three minutes, holding the Tigers at a 6-4 lead with 5:08 left in the half. A Kyra Christmas 6-on-5 conversion made it 7-4 for Pacific, but Kutt quickly answered with another goal to bring the margin back to two. Finally, Aggie freshman Kathleen Schafle connected at the 13-second mark to reduce the deficit to a single goal. UC Davis trailed just 7-6 at halftime.

However, the tourney hosts never could equalize in the second half. Kohlmoos’ hat-trick goal brought the Aggies to within 8-7 with 6:03 left in the third, but Karolina Hlavata answered for Pacific on the next possession. UC Davis could not convert two power-play opportunities for the remainder of the third, then gave up a natural goal to start the fourth in slipping to a three-goal deficit. Kohlmoos’ fourth goal of the game set the board at 10-8, only to have Tiger senior Ellen Tiedemann to score the game’s final goal with 5:18 left in regulation. Each team had two 6-on-5 chances down the stretch, but neither scored.

Aggie goalie Avery Dotterer notched 12 saves, while her counterpart, junior Alexis Hollinrake, matched that total for Pacific. The opener with the Tigers also marked UC Davis’ 15th straight game against a nationally ranked opponent, extending a program record.

In Saturday’s afternoon contest, Kohlmoos scored four goals and Kutt scored three to help UC Davis break away from an early 5-5 tie to a 13-goal win. Freshman Audrey Taylor and redshirt freshman Cassidy Smithson each added two goals for their first collegiate multi-goal performances.

Despite a 2-0 start, UC Davis fell behind by a 4-3 edge to the Seawolves by the close of the first quarter. Kohlmoos and Kutt scored quickly in the second to regain the lead, but SSU quickly knotted the game at 5-5 on a Carleigh Robinson 6-on-5 goal. Senior Sammy Preston hit the go-ahead at roughly the five-minute mark in the second, and Kohlmoos later made it 7-5, but UC Davis held just that two-goal advantage at the break.

The Aggies largely went with their reserves in the third quarter, and exploded for four unanswered to pull ahead to an 11-5 lead with 1:43 left in the third. Robinson interrupted that run with her SSU-best second goal at 1:27, but UC Davis then put up seven straight to finish the game. Taylor and Smithson each scored a goal in the third and fourth stanzas as part of that second-half offensive outburst.

The finale against Occidental stood in contrast to the early battles against SSU, as Robinson scored twice in a 7-0 first quarter. Freshman Devin Holcomb made it eight straight Aggie goals with her strike to start the second quarter, although that proved to be the last UC Davis offense of the half. The Aggies finished the game with eight straight during the final 11 minutes of play. Smithson, freshman Ariana Moment and freshman McKenna Martin each added two goals in the second half.

This is the fourth time UC Davis has played three official contests in a single day. The last time was also in a home tournament, when the Aggies faced Concordia, Santa Clara and Colorado State on March 2, 2013.

The 37th Aggie Shootout concludes on Sunday. The Aggies face CSU Bakersfield at 12:30 p.m. 

Aggie Shootout Results Central

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No. 11 Pacific 3 4 2 2 - 11
No. 12 UC Davis 0 6 1 1 - 8

GOALS - PAC: Karolina Hlavata 3, Viktoria Tamas 2, Kyra Christmas 2, Ellen Tiedemann 2, Mariana Duarte 1, Brinnley Barthels 1. UC DAVIS: Greta Kohlmoos 4, Paige Virgil 1, McKenna Hauss 1, Annie Kutt 1, Kathleen Schafle 1.

GOALIE SAVES - PAC: Alexis Hollinrake 12 (32:00). UC DAVIS: Avery Dotterer 12 (32:00).

Sonoma State 4 1 1 0 - 6
No. 12 UC Davis 3 4 5 7 - 19

GOALS - SSU: Carleigh Robinson 2, Taylor Brooks 1, Lyndsie Williams 1, Taylor Brown 1, Nicole Groat 1. UC DAVIS: Greta Kohlmoos 4, Annie Kutt 3, Audrey Taylor 2, Cassidy Smithson 2, Hannah Harvey 1, Sammy Preston 1, Ariana Momen 1, Quinn Galli 1, Chloe Robinson 1, Marcela Portales 1, Jill Bushman 1, Devin Holcomb 1.

GOALIE SAVES - SSU: Taylor Plorin 7 (24:00), Lisa Rodarmel 0 (8:00). UC DAVIS: Caitlin Golding 11 (32:00).

Occidental 0 2 2 0 - 4
No. 12 UC Davis 7 1 6 5 - 19

GOALS - OXY: Carly Zurcher 1, Amanda Akiyama 1, Claudia Opperman 1, Monica Chernoff 1. UC DAVIS: Chloe Robinson 3, Jill Bushman 2, McKenna Martin 2, Ariana Momen 2, Cassidy Smithson 2, McKenna Hauss 1, Annie Kutt 1, Greta Kohlmoos 1, Daniela Hernandez 1, Abbey Pfefferlen 1, Devin Holcomb 1, Kathleen Schafle 1, Marcela Portales 1,.

GOALIE SAVES - OXY: Anna DeGroot 5 (32:00). UC DAVIS: Avery Dotterer 2 (16:00), Caitlin Golding 5 (16:00).