Santa Barbara, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara won another match in dramatic fashion within the last minute as the women's soccer team beat a visiting UC Davis 3-2 in double overtime Sunday afternoon at Harder Stadium.
The improved offense for UCSB (8-5-2, 2-2) held possession of the ball at the start of the match that included two back-to-back shots from a corner kick. After a few missed attempts, forward Makenna Kummer made a cross in front of the penalty box to Angelisa Cortez. Cortez took control of the ball and shot the ball past Aggies goalkeeper Taylor Jern to put the Gauchos up 1-0 in the 38th minute. This was Cortez's team-leading fifth goal of the season.
UC Davis (4-8-3, 1-1-2) would score the equalizer with their own goal seven minutes later. A loose ball in the middle of the field would be taken down the field by Davis' Rachel Smith, which pulled Gaucho goalkeeper Beth Ritter to come out of her box. Smith powered a shot from 30 yards out and the ball slowly made its way inside the net.
UCSB entered the second half managing the ball in their favor again to take back the lead over UC Davis. A corner kick at the 73rd minute by senior midfielder Geneve Dromensk flew the ball over a group of UCSB and UC Davis players awaiting it in front of the goal box. It would be Chace Schornstein that met the ball with a header to drive it into the net and make the score 2-1.
The Aggies would respond once more with another goal at the 87th minute in regulation to push the game into overtime. Haley Hughes executed a well-timed cross to teammate Sienna Davis, who then shot the ball past a lunging Ritter.
In overtime, both teams were conservative in their shooting as they combined for only three shots taken. Despite the cutback, the Gauchos made the most important shot of the day at the 109:41 mark in the second overtime. UCSB was given a corner kick that would be taken by freshman defender Kate Shoemaker. As players set up for the play, Shoemaker was able to make the ball travel through the air and Sara Feder made a leaping header to end the match.
"We got a great result and scored some nice goals," head coach Paul Stumpf said. "I feel like we had to win the game three different times."
Altogether, UCSB outshot UC Davis 13-5, with a 8-2 shots on goal edge. The 10 corner kicks the Gauchos took were certainly an advantage to them over Davis' lone corner kick in the first overtime period. The Gauchos were also able to keep their opponent to a pair of goals, as they continue their season-long streak of not allowing more than two in a match.
"Kailey Hacket filled in great for Miranda (who sat out Sunday's match as a precaution). It was also important getting Chace back. We got six huge conference points this weekend," said Stumpf.
Next up for UCSB is a weekend road trip to UC Irvine. The Gauchos visit Irvine on October 19 for a Sunday afternoon match at 1:00 p.m. This will be their second to last road trip, before heading north to Cal Poly the following Sunday, October 26.