No. 9 Hawai'i Dodges Aggie Upset Bid

Junior goalkeeper Jillian Wilding amassed a career-high 14 saves in Saturday's 5-4 thriller with No. 9 Hawai'i.
(Mark Honbo, Athletics Communications)

April 12, 2014

HONOLULU - Junior utility Caity Lopes da Silva scored with 1:17 remaining to help No. 9 Hawai'i escape a Big West Conference upset, defeating No. 16 UC Davis by a 5-4 final at Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex Saturday evening. Senior Hannah Curran scored two goals for the Aggies while junior goalkeeper Jillian Wilding posted a career-high 14 saves.

The Aggies slip to 12-16 overall and finish the conference season with an 0-5 slate. The Rainbow Wahine improve to 16-9 for the year, 3-2 in Big West play.

Curran was one of four UC Davis scorers in the defensive battle. Junior Keelia Houston scored on a counterattack early in the second quarter while senior Alex Rawlinson drew an exclusion and converted the ensuing 6-on-5 chance later in that period. The two teams locked up in a 3-3 tie at the halftime break.

Hawai'i freshman Chloe Barr scored the second of her team-leading two goals midway through the third period to push the host up to a 4-3 lead. Curran hit her second goal with 3:02 left in the fourth to tie the game at 4-4. Wilding made a big save on a Wahine 6-on-5 chance down the stretch to momentarily preserve the tie, but Lopes da Silva ultimately put UH up for good with her goal at the 1:17 mark.

UC Davis hosts Santa Clara for its regular-season finale on April 19, then will head to the Big West Conference tournament the following weekend.

#16 UC Davis (12-16, 0-5) 1 2 0 1 - 4
#9 Hawai'i (16-9, 3-2) 2 1 1 1 - 5

GOALS - UC Davis: Hannah Curran 2, Keelia Houston 1, Alex Rawlinson 1. UH: Chloe Barr 2, Danielle Lewis 1, Mirella Coutinho 1, Caity Lopes Da Silva 1.

GOALIE SAVES - UC Davis: Jillian Wilding 14 (32:00). UH: Amy Carlson 9 (32:00).