Last-Second Goal Dooms Pacific WWP
UC Davis scored the game-winning goal with just eight seconds left as the Pacific women's water polo team fell to the visiting Aggies, 8-7, in a Big West Conference match Saturday, Mar. 31, at the Chris Kjeldsen Aquatics Complex.
Sophomore goalkeeper Michele Relton blocked 10 shots in a complete game performance.
Pacific (9-13) did not take long to get on the scoreboard as freshman Brydie Pye gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead less than one minute into the first quarter. UC Davis (13-11) tied the match with its first goal at the 5:12 mark before taking a 2-1 lead late in the frame.
The inclement weather saw both squads struggle to get anything going offensively in the second quarter. The Aggies finally broke through with a goal with 57 seconds left in the second quarter, taking a 3-1 lead into intermission.
After struggling mightily in the first half, Pacific's offense came to life in the third frame as Adair brought the Tigers to within one, 3-2, just 30 seconds into the quarter. Kay notched her first goal of the match at the 4:38 mark, tying the game at 3-3. Adair would score Pacific's third straight goal to give the Tigers a 4-3 lead with 3:30 remaining in the quarter. UC Davis stopped Pacific's run with a goal with 58 seconds left, but the Tigers kept on coming, as Kay put away her second goal of the quarter to give Pacific a 5-4 lead with one quarter left to play.
Kay would give Pacific its largest lead of the match, 6-4, at the 6:45 mark, but two consecutive UC Davis goals knotted the score at 6-6 with 4:49 left to play. The Aggies took back the lead at the 4:20 mark before Kay's fourth goal tied the score at 7-7 with 2:01 remaining. Both teams tightened things up down the stretch before UC Davis scored with just eight seconds left to secure the win.
Ariel Feeney led UC Davis with three goals. Goalkeeper Riane Woods recorded eight saves in four quarters of play.
Pacific is back in action next Saturday, Apr. 7, at Long Beach State in a Big West Conference match. The opening sprint is set for noon.
No. 11 UC Davis 8, Pacific 7
UC Davis 2 - 1 - 1 - 4 -- 8
Pacific 1 - 0 - 4 - 6 -- 7
Pacific - Kay 4, Adair 2, Pye
UC Davis - Feeney 3, Eggert 2, Began, Dunn, Mohr
Pacific - Relton 10
UC Davis - Woods 8