No. 13 Aggies upset No. 7 Tigers

March 3, 2018

DAVIS, Calif. — Junior utility Emily Byrne helped No. 13 UC Davis clinch the 13-12 upset win over No. 7 Pacific after scoring the first goal in the sudden-death round to highlight the Aggies’ season-opening dual match on Saturday morning at the Schaal Aquatics Center.

After this weekend's matchup, the Aggies have doubled their wins over their losses for the dual season as they currently hold a 14-7 overall record. 

Pacific started off strong in the first quarter with a 3-0 lead before junior defender McKenna Hauss put the first score on the Aggie board with a minute left on the clock, to conclude the first quarter at a 4-1 score.

Although the home team entered the second quarter with a three-point deficit, the scoring roles changed as the Aggies went on to tie the game 5-5 after the first half. Senior center Greta Kohlmoos got the ball rolling for her team after scoring back-to-back goals within the first three minutes of the quarter, while senior attacker Sammy Preston responded right after with a goal of her own. Hauss rounded out the second quarter for UC Davis with a goal at the eight-second mark.

From then on, the Aggies and the Tigers were going back and forth with the scoring as they concluded the third quarter, the fourth quarter, and both overtimes with ties.

Starting off the third-quarter scoring for the host school was senior utility Paige Virgil, who got the match to a 6-6 score, while sophomore attacker Kathleen Schafle responded with a hat trick by getting in three goals to help UC Davis to a temporary 9-8 lead; however, the Tiger’s Mariana Duarte pushed through to finish the quarter at a 9-9 score.

In the fourth quarter, Virgil led the Aggies once again with a goal scored halfway through the quarter, but again, the opposing team found an opportunity to even the playing field shortly after to bring the game into overtime.

Going into the overtime quarters with a 10-10 mark on the board, each team scored two goals apiece, the first of two Aggie goals coming from Schafle, her fourth one of the game, while the second came from Virgil, her third one of the game. Due to the 12-12 tie after the two overtime quarters, the game was forced to enter a sudden-death round, meaning that the first team who scores automatically takes away the match win.

In the sudden-death round, each team found opportunities to take shots; however, it was the Aggies that eventually broke the tie. Highlighting the plays prior to the UC Davis victory shot, both sophomore goalie Caitlin Golding and junior utility Annie Kutt prevented Pacific’s efforts in scoring a goal with clutch saves and a field block, respectively, before junior utility Emily Byrne came in to close out the match at a 13-12 upset victory over the visiting team after a successful shot at the two-minute clock mark.

The UC Davis women’s water polo team returns to action next weekend for another home dual match, welcoming Azusa Pacific’s team to the Schaal Aquatics Center. 


 

 

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No. 7 Pacific

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GOALS - UC DAVIS: Kathleen Schafle (4), Paige Virgil (3), McKenna Hauss, Greta Kohlmoos (2), Sammy Preston, Carla Tocchini (1); PACIFIC: Rachel Krieger (3), Truly Dorland, Mariana Duarte, Kyra Christmas, Karolina Hlavata (2).

GOALIE SAVES - UC DAVIS: Caitlin Golding (13, 40:00); PACIFIC: Alexis Hollinrake (6, 40:00).

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