WOMEN’S SOCCER PLAYS TO SCORELESS DRAW VS. RIVAL UC DAVIS

WOMEN’S SOCCER PLAYS TO SCORELESS DRAW VS. RIVAL UC DAVIS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - In the annual Causeway rivalry 110 minutes was not enough to decide a winner as Sacramento State and UC Davis played to a scoreless draw on Friday at Hornet Field.

The tie was the first for Sacramento State (2-2-1) since Sept. 29, 2013, ending an incredible streak of 50 consecutive games without a tie. That last draw, at Northern Colorado, also finished 0-0.

The game was also the Hornets' program-record fourth straight overtime contest. The previous program record for consecutive overtime games had been three, recorded in 2006, 2007, and 2011. Friday was also Sacramento State's third double-overtime game in its last four matches.

UC Davis (2-2-1) played the second double-overtime game in its last three matches. The Hornets and Aggies have now played 12 consecutive games, dating back to 2004, that have been decided by one goal or fewer. The stalemate on Friday was the fourth tie in that stretch.

"I thought the girls worked really hard today. It's always a physical battle against UC Davis and proved to be so today," Sacramento State head coach Randy Dedini said. "We played with a lot of heart defensively but offensively we still have some work to do. We were a little bit sloppy and had some unforced turnovers that we can fix. If we can clean it up a little bit offensively we won't have to defend so much."

UC Davis had a 21-13 overall edge in shots but placed only five of its tries on goal while the Hornets doubled them up with 10 shots on goal. Sacramento State had the better chances through most of the game but goalkeeper Alexis Smith made several fine stops. Her 10 saves came after she totaled just 12 saves through the first four Aggie games of the season.

The Aggies had allowed only 17 shots on goal through the first four games of the year. Sacramento State's best scoring chance was its first, as in the 11th minute Smith made a stop on a free kick from Hornet junior Kayla Collins and then made a superb save on a rebound attempt from senior Adaurie Dayak.

Smith made another point-blank save on a break on goal from Hornet redshirt freshman Allie Zwerling in the 34th minute. UC Davis had just one shot on goal in the first half and two in the second half, when the Hornets forced Smith to make six saves to force overtime.

The Aggies had the run of play in the first OT period but could not place any of their three shots on target. In the second overtime, Hornet sophomore goalkeeper Destiny Butcher had to make a pair of saves, while junior Amanda Mielke put one on goal for the home team.

Butcher lowered her season goals against average to 0.54, having allowed only three total goals through five games. She recorded her second straight shutout and third overall this year (one shared) as the Hornets have not allowed a goal over their last 203 minutes played.

Collins led all players with three shots on goal on Friday while Mielke and Zwerling each had two. UC Davis forward Celina Minissian took a game-high five shots but did not place any of them on frame.

The Hornets continue a four-game homestand with two contests at Hornet Field next week, hosting Nevada next Friday and Pacific next Sunday.