DAVIS, Calif. -- The No. 15-ranked Indiana University Hoosiers (2-3) women's water polo team found their groove offensively in a big way on Friday, defeating No. 16 University of California-Davis in a highly-contested overtime thriller, 15-13. Jakie Köhli led the charge for the Hoosiers with five goals, each coming in the second half and extra session.
"There's no doubt that this was a quality win for us," said Indiana head coach Barry King. "We executed and really showed a lot of toughness down the stretch."
Kara Butler, Kelsey Campbell and Nicole Redder netted a pair of goals apiece for the Hoosiers, while Shae Fournier, Kym King, Amanda Redfern and Lauren Wyckoff each had one score.
Cassie Wyckoff had six saves in the contest, along with a pair of steals from the goalkeeper position.
In a game that featured nine ties and four lead changes, the Hoosiers struck first at the 6:36 mark of the opening period as Redfern converted a power play into a score after an assist by Campbell.
Including the opening score, Campbell would assist on the first three Indiana goals of the game, which tied a career-high for the Maple Ridge, B.C. native. The second and third goals were by Redder and King on power plays. The goal by King tied the contest at 3-3 two minutes into the second quarter.
UC-Davis answered back with two straight goals to grab a 5-3 lead until Butler came up with a score on another Hoosier six-on-five chance. The Aggies came up with another goal a minute later to once again go up by a pair.
The Hoosiers halted the UC-Davis momentum during the final three minutes of the first half, receiving power play goals from Butler and Redder to knot things up at 6-6. However, the Aggies turned an Indiana turnover into a close-range shot that floated past Wyckoff to give UC-Davis a 7-6 halftime advantage.
After a quick Aggie goal to start the third quarter, Indiana mounted a three-goal charge to regain the lead at 9-8 with 4:56 to go in the period. Two of the scores were from Köhli and one from Campbell during the rally. Köhli's second goal came as a result of Fournier earning a crucial five-meter penalty.
The Aggies found the back of the cage late in the third to make it a 9-9 tie heading into the final stanza.
Both teams traded goals to start the fourth, then the Hoosiers looked to have the game in hand after a score by Wyckoff, followed by a five-on-five goal by Fournier gave Indiana a 12-10 lead with 3:07 to go.
The Aggies would not go down without a fight, scoring a pair of goals in regulation to extend the contest.
UC-Davis built on that momentum to start the overtime, scoring from long range to take a 13-12 lead.
Köhli responded for the Hoosiers, looking off a defender and firing in a skip shot to tie things up with :40 seconds left in the first half of overtime. Campbell then came through with a spectacular left-handed goal with two seconds on the clock and immediately after earning an exclusion.
The Hoosiers stepped it up defensively during the second half of the overtime, holding the Aggies scoreless and adding to their lead with a Köhli lob after an assist by Lauren Wyckoff to seal the deal and give Indiana the thrilling victory.
Release courtesy Indiana Athletic Communications