Sophomore midfielder Gina Hoffmire scored her team-best fourth goal with 36 seconds remaining in the second overtime period to lead UC Davis to a 14-13 win over St. Mary‘s in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation action at St. Mary‘s Stadium on Sunday.
The Aggies even their overall and conference mark at 1-1. The Gaels dip to 0-2 for the season and in MPSF play.
Hoffmire shot 4-for-6 with an assist, four drawn controls and three ground balls for the game. She was one of three Aggies to convert hat tricks along sophomores Molly Lapolla and Christina Corsa. Senior Patrice Clark added two goals and junior Britt Farquharson had a goal and four draw controls.
Sophomore goalkeeper Alyssa Cranska tallied seven saves in relief of Aggie starter Kjersten Nordmeyer, including three in the second three-minute overtime period. Abby Coleman of St. Mary’s fired two shots within the first minute of the second overtime, but Cranska stopped both of those attempts as well as P.J. Hainley‘s equalizer attempt with 0:28 left.
St. Mary‘s either led or was tied with UC Davis for most of regulation, holding a 6-5 edge at halftime then a 9-8 advantage after Annabel Pollioni‘s eight-meter goal at the 46:22 mark. Lapolla then hit consecutive free-position goals in the 48th and 49th minutes to push the Aggies up by a 10-9 mark. The Gaels then tied the game for the fifth time at 49:49.
Hoffmire completed her hat trick at 54:52 then later assisted Corsa amidst a run of three unanswered goals, helping UC Davis take a 13-10 lead with 1:11 remaining in the game.
St. Mary’s then began its comeback run. Playing short-handed, Coleman assisted Maggie Schwab on three straight goals within a span of 46 seconds.
Clark had the only shot in the first overtime period, but her attempt caromed off the crossbar. Schwab won the first draw of the second overtime, setting the stage for Cranska‘s goal-keeping heroics and Hoffmire‘s game-winning score.
UC Davis continues MPSF action in a home opener against Stanford on Wednesday. The game will begin at 7 p.m. at Aggie Stadium.
Aggie Digest is compiled by the California Aggie sports staff with briefs from the UC Davis athletics website, ucdavisaggies.com.