CLAREMONT, CA. – Kahea Kahaulelio netted the winning goal in overtime as the Sagehens defeated non-conference opponent Brown University 9-8 on Sunday afternoon at Haldeman Pool.
Season Impact: With the win, the Sagehens improve to 11-9 overall.
A physical battle between the Bears and Sagehens ended in a thriller. Both teams came out with a staunch defense that resulted in a low scoring first half of play. The Bears opened up the first with a quick goal but the only other goal of the period was scored by the Sagehens as McCracken found the back of the net to end the first at a 1-1 tie.
Much like the first, Brown scored to open up the second period but the Sagehens ended the half with back-to-back goals from Natalie Hill and Castro to take a 3-2 lead heading into the half.
Both teams came out of the half firing on offense with four goals each in the third. The Sagehens netted three of the first four goals of the half from Castro, Kyla Pickell and McCracken to take a 6-3 lead midway through the third. However, Brown ended the period with three of the final four goals to climb back into the match and trail the Sagehens by one at 7-6.
Kahea Kahaulelio pushed the Sagehens lead back up to two goals just over a minute into the fourth but Brown came back with two goals in a row to even up the score at 8-8 with 2:37 left to play.
Both teams had chances to score in the final minutes of play but neither team could find the back of the net as we headed to overtime.
The defense held for the majority of both of the overtime periods but the Sagehens got their game-winning goal off of the hand of Kahea Kahaulelio with just 30 seconds remaining to push them over the Bears for the win.
Up Next: The Sagehens will host No. 12 Hartwick later in the day at 4:00 p.m.