SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Sacramento State men's soccer team (7-5-1, 3-1-1) found themselves trailing midway through the second half Wednesday night to the Cal Poly Mustangs (5-8-0, 1-4-0), but a late Hornets goal forced overtime where Dominic Scotti scored his first goal of the year to send Sacramento State home with the win.
Four minutes into the second overtime period, a Mustangs goal kick fell to the Hornets midfield and immediately the press was on. After midfielder Matt Carnefix pulled up on the side of the box, he laid a soft pass back over the middle to a charging Scotti. The junior drilled one into the left corner from 15 yards out, his first goal of the season.
Early on in the match, the Hornets jumped out to a 1-0 lead as Christian Webb scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season in the seventh minute of play. Webb received a nice pass from Justin Bedig on the play and Bedig recorded his team-leading sixth assist. With the assist, he is also now second in the Big West.
Cal Poly took control from there, maintaining the majority of possession through the rest of the first half. They caught a break in the 40th minute after a Hornet handball in the box gave the Mustangs a penalty kick. Although goalkeeper James Del Curto guessed correctly, Adam Olsen's shot deflected up off Del Curto's hands and in for the goal.
The Mustang's scored again just four minutes later, taking a 2-1 lead on Sean Goode's third goal of the year.
The score stayed 2-1 for much of the second half until a Mustang penalty gave the Hornets a free kick from just outside the 18. Sacramento State senior and veteran Cylus Sandoval took the kick for the Green and Gold. His kick was on target and tipped off the hands of Cal Poly's Simon Boehme and tied the match 2-2.
The Hornets did catch a break late in the match as Olsen drew his second yellow card of the match in the 83rd minute. As a result, Cal Poly lost their leading scorer and the Hornets gained a one-player advantage for the rest of the match.
With the win, the Hornets improve to 7-5-1 overall and 3-1-1 in Big West Play. As of Wednesday night, Sacramento State is in a three-way tie for first place in the North Division. Their 3-1-1 Big West record is the same as both UC Santa Barbara and crosstown rivals UC Davis.
The Hornets can pull ahead of the Aggies this Saturday when Sacramento State hosts UC Davis for the annual Causeway Classic. Kickoff is set for 3:00 pm on Saturday, October 14 at Hornet Field.