SANTA CRUZ - UC Santa Cruz fell on the last shot of the game in a physical thrilling 2-1 loss to Bethesda University on Wednesday.
UCSC finished the year 6-12-1 while the Flames improved to 15-2-1 with their sixth-straight win.
Before the game, the Slugs honored senior defender Luke Pfeiffer for his excellence on and off the field.
UCSC got the first shot of the game but Hector Mestre's header from a Lukas Holocher corner went high. The game went back and forth, but the visitors got on the board first when Cesar Pompa finished a rebound with 27.1 seconds left in the half.
The Banana Slugs nearly tied it with a flurry in the second half. Holocher's 59th minute shot from distance rattled the cross bar and James Allison's rebound was deflected out for a corner. The resulting shot from Ari Sidman was saved.
Both teams had their chances to tie the back-and-forth game. It was UCSC who got on the scoreboard when Dominique Royall headed home a flick from Holocher to tie the game 1-1 with 3:27 left in regulation.
In overtime however, Bethesda ended the game when Thomas Costa-Santana slotted home a pass from fellow Brazilian Diogo Pereira for the game-winning goal.
UCSC was called for 17 fouls in the contest, had a 11-10 shot advantage and had five corners to the Flames' three.