COLUMBUS, Ohio - After dropping its first conference game in over two years and in danger of losing its third consecutive game for the first time since 1998, No. 20 California needed something big to stop the mini-tailspin and gain momentum for the stretch run of conference play.
The Bears (7-4, 3-1) got that and much more as they defeated No. 10 Ohio State (10-3, 3-0), 5-4, in overtime Saturday afternoon at Woody Hayes Athletic Center North Field. It was Cal’s first victory over a Top 25 opponent since Sept. 25, 1999, when the Bears defeated No. 11 Michigan State, 2-1.
What looked like a victory suddenly appeared to be a heart-breaking loss for the Bears as OSU scored to go up 4-3 with 2:41 remaining in the game.
But with 34 seconds left in the contest, and the Buckeyes looking to burn off the rest of the clock, Harkins got a hold of the ball and put it home for the fourth tie of the game. The forward’s second goal of the game and eighth of the season pushed the game into overtime where Nora Feddersen scored on a penalty corner at 13:02 of OT to give the Bears the upset win over OSU.