SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Max Alvarez converted on a penalty kick goal for the second straight game and the first-place Sacramento State men's soccer team emerged with a 1-1 draw against Cal Poly in a Big West Conference game on Friday evening at Hornet Field.
The Hornets (7-4-2, 4-0-1 Big West) have earned at least one point in each of their first five Big West games and have not lost in six straight contests, dating back almost a full month to Sept. 16. Sacramento State now has a conference- and division-high 13 points. In the other North Division game this weekend, UC Santa Barbara plays at UC Davis at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Playing their first Big West North Division opponent - the Hornets swept the four teams in the South Division - of the season, Sacramento State took a 1-0 lead less than five minutes after halftime.
In the 50th minute, junior Gabe Silveira drove the ball into the box where was tripped from behind by a Cal Poly defender, resulting in a foul call and a penalty kick.
Alvarez - who's penalty kick score against UC Riverside last Sunday was the game-winner - connected once again against the Mustangs. The goal, however, was the Hornets' first shot in the game as Cal Poly controlled possession throughout.
Eventually all the time spent on the Hornets' half of the field paid off for the Mustangs. Mackenzie Pridham scored his team-leading eight goal of the season in the 67th minute. After a short cross, Pridham made a move to the top of the box where he ripped a shot to the far post.
Cal Poly had a 19-6 advantage on shots while the Hornets had a slim 7-6 edge on corner kicks. Sacramento State keeper Bryan Oliver set a new career-high with 10 saves while freshman Wade Hamilton made three saves for the Mustangs.
Sacramento State will have a little bit longer break than normal before its next game. Instead of playing again on Sunday, the Hornets' next game will be on Tuesday night at No. 8 ranked UC Santa Barbara as Sacramento State continues Big West North Division play.
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