BOONE, N.C. - No. 4 seed Davidson (5-13) gave No. 1 California (11-4) a scare as the Wildcats pushed the 17th-ranked Golden Bears into double overtime. Sara Hunt’s goal at 7:14 rescued Cal from an upset-minded Davidson squad for a 5-4 win Thursday afternoon in the NorPac Postseason Tournament at Kidd Brewer Stadium on the Appalachian State campus.
Cal went up 2-0 with goals from Michelle Wald and Danya Sawyers in the first half.
Not to be outdone, Davidson came charging back after the intermission with two quick goals. Less than two minutes into the second half, the Wildcats’ Amanda Strickland scored to put her team on the board.
A minute and a half later, the Wildcats scored on a penalty corner as Kathleen Fenn belted a shot from 15 yards out.
At 25:46, the Bears regained the lead as senior Erin Robinson scored on a corner with assists from Sara Hunt and Wald.
The same assist duo set up the next Cal goal, as this time, Nora Feddersen connected on a Bear penalty corner with 19:38 left in regulation for sophomore’s team-leading 10th goal of the season.
Forward Strickland completed a hat trick for the Wildcats with two more goals to knot the score again, both from assists by Elizabeth Schoening. The second came with just three minutes left in regulation.
Cal’s unblemished overtime record (4-0) stayed intact as senior Sara Hunt one-timed a Feddersen pass on the Bears’ 11th corner of the day in double overtime.
“I think Davidson played a good game,” said head coach Shellie Onstead. “I’ve got to give them credit for keep coming back and I just feel like our team had, I guess, our first collective bad day. We had a hard time getting on track.”