UC Santa Cruz was taken to double-overtime by Division II Cal State Dominguez Hills before falling to the Toros 2-1 on a gorgeous Sunday in Santa Cruz.
UCSC had its best start in ten years ended and went to 7-2-2 while Dominguez Hills broke a four-game losing streak and improved to 2-5-1 in their fourth overtime game this season.
The Toros got on the board 9:50 into the contest on Patricia Rubio-Martinez's clean-up of a goalmouth scramble. Amelia Streiffer had UCSC's first three shots, and almost equalized in the 21st minute but Dominguez Hills goalie Jessica Neighbors made the quick save.
UCSC finally got on the scoreboard in the 27th minute when Tomiko Hoshijima got a steal in the offensive third and blasted it from the edge of the box to make it 1-1.
That stayed the score in a back-and-forth affair, with UCSC's last chance coming at 4:32 left in regulation but Izel Gutierrez placed her shot wide.
In the First Overtime, Alyssa Diaz-Tucker had a pair of saves in the last three minutes to keep the contest going, one a kick save from a 10-yard shot and another a 20-yarder to keep it going one more overtime.
UCSC had a chance with 3:31 left but Streiffer had another shot saved by Neighbors. On the counter, CSUDH's Sara Kattainen found Holly Kaemerle, who controlled it, turned and slotted it under Diaz-Tucker for the Golden Goal.
Diaz-Tucker finished with a career-high tying nine saves. The Toros had a 22-11 shot advantage in the contest.
The Banana Slugs open a three-game road trip next Sunday at Mills College.