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UC Davis Upsets UCSB In Overtime

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UCSB vs UC DavisColorado Springs, CO - UC Davis upset UCSB 10-9 in overtime today in a national quarterfinal game at the WCLA National Championship Tournament. Jessica Dresser scored 4 goals for the Aggies, including the game winner in overtime, and 5th ranked UC Davis advanced to the national semifinals with a 10-9 win. The 2nd ranked Gauchos were led by senior goalie Jeni Centner who had 14 saves. The result was the opposite of the two previous meetings this year between the two teams. Both those games UCSB came back from behind to win, once in double overtime and another time in regulation. All three games this year were decided by one goal. Shots were pretty even in this game with UCSB holding a narrow 26-25 advantage.

The game started with just about everything going the way of UCSB and the Gauchos took a 5-0 lead 13 minutes into the contest. During that span the Aggies were unable to solve the UCSB defense. At 19:05 UC Davis finally broke through and scored on an unassisted goal by junior attacker Louise Marquino (Wilmington, NC). The goal gave the Aggies life and they started clawing their way back into it with hustle to loose balls and inspired defense. UC Davis reeled off 4 more goals that weren't answered by UCSB until the close of the second half when freshman Lindsay Alex (Tustin, CA) scored unassisted with 9 seconds and UCSB led 6-5 at halftime.

In the second half UC Davis led by a goal twice, first at 7-6 with 26 minutes remaining and then 8-7 with 19 minutes remaining in the game. The Gauchos fought back and scored two goals to take a 9-8 lead. Senior Jordan Venetis (Thousand Oaks, CA) passed to a cutting Katie Mitchell (Lafayette, CA) who finished her shot to make it 8-8 and then senior Megan Dawe (Martinez, CA) scored unassisted and UCSB led by one goal with 13 minutes left to play. Junior Molly Fensterwald (San Jose, CA) gave the Aggies the equalizer when she scored unnassisted with 6:15 left.  Neither team could mount much offense the remainder of regulation. The Aggies played for the last shot of the game on their final possession but were turned away twice by the UCSB defense and Centner as time expired.

The Aggies won the first draw of the 6 minute regulation, most goals wins, overtime and settled in on offense again. They were turned away three times by UCSB. Centner had 3 saves on 3 shots against her.  Then at 5:37 Dresser received the ball on a pass across the top about 8 yards out, stepped into the pass and scorched a high to high shot that was the eventual game winner. UCSB wasn't done and after a timeout they won the ensuing draw control and used the 23 seconds remaining to work the ball onto offense. A pass into the scoring area led to a shot that went wide as time expired.

UCSB dropped to 15-3 and faces 7th ranked University of Central Florida (17-3 overall) on Friday in a consolation game. The Knights, in their first national championship tournament appearance lost 13-9 to University of Michigan in another quarterfinal. UC Davis improved to 13-8 and will play 4th ranked Michigan in a national semifinal on Friday.


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