SACRAMENTO, Calif. - In a game that UC Davis led 1-0 into the 89th minute, three goals were scored in the final minute and six seconds of regulation time with the Aggies able to complete a 3-1 win over Sacramento State on Saturday.
The Aggies led 1-0 on a goal in the 49th minute, then doubled their lead with just 1:06 left to play. The Hornets came back with a goal of their own just forty seconds later, but UC Davis managed to score again with 12 seconds left to play amidst heavy rain and wind in one of the strangest endings to a game you will ever see.
Sacramento State (6-6-2, 2-3-1 Big West) had been undefeated (2-0-2) in its last four meetings with their Causeway rival. With the win UC Davis (7-6-2, 3-3-0 Big West) jumped ahead of the Hornets with nine points in Big West play with four games remaining in the regular season.
UC Davis controlled play for most of the first half and came close to multiple goals but did not score. Junior goalkeeper James Del Curto made two saves in the opening half while the Hornets were unable to place a shot on goal.
Less than four minutes into the second half the Aggies were able to break the ice when Miguel Acevedo took a pass from Greg Salazar left of the Hornet goal and sent a short cross off the goal line for a header finish from Kristian Heptner.
Sacramento State was able to take control of play down a goal but wasn't able to equalize. On the counter UC Davis picked up its second goal as Brian Quintero dropped a short pass to oncoming teammate Evan Barrett for a blast under the crossbar in the 89th minute.
The Hornets then scored with 26 seconds left to play as freshman Mac Harrington had a shot stopped in close by goalkeeper Armando Quezada but senior John Quintanilla put home the rebound. Fourteen seconds later, Del Curto was dispossessed by Kyle Higgins to the left of the Hornet goal and the Aggie junior dribbled the ball into the vacant net.
Quintanilla scored his first goal of the season while Harrington, a defender, earned his first career assist. Higgins led all players in the game with six shots and finished with a goal and an assist. There was wind but no rain in the game until 20 minutes remained in the second half and the skies opened up.
Sacramento State lost for just the fourth time in its last 14 home games. The Hornets return to action hosting Cal Poly at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday before taking on the Aggies again in Davis next Saturday.