MEN’S SOCCER DROPS HEARTBREAKER AS #17 UC DAVIS SNEAKS BY, 2-1, IN OVERTIME

MEN’S SOCCER DROPS HEARTBREAKER AS #17 UC DAVIS SNEAKS BY, 2-1, IN OVERTIME

DAVIS, Calif. – The Sacramento State men's soccer team dominated the offensive half of the field for much of Saturday's match at the #17 UC Davis Aggies, but despite an early 1-0 lead, the nationally ranked Aggies snuck by the Hornets, 2-1, in overtime.

The first half passed without a score as the Hornets and Aggies were unable to find the back of the net through the first 45 minutes. At the break, UC Davis led Sacramento State, 5-4 in shots, though the Hornets had the half's only shot on goal.

The second half was a different story as the teams piled up a combined 14 shots in the second period, nine of them by Sacramento State.

The Hornets scored the game's first goal in the 58th minute when Benji Kikanovic connected for his fifth goal of the season, tying senior captain Dominic Scotti for the team lead.

Kikanovic's goal came after a perfect through ball from Oscar Govea to the top of the box. Kikanovic outran his defender and, in a one-on-one with the Aggies keeper, sent the ball into the far right corner for the goal.

The freshmen duo have now connected on two of Kikanovic's five goals. Both of Govea's two assists this season have been to Kikanovic.

Just minutes earlier, Sacramento State had a great opportunity as Scotti's shot from 15 out deflected hard off the cross bar. Playing the rebound, Tone Andres got a foot on the ball and it took an incredible diving save from the Aggies' keeper Wallis Lapsley to prevent the goal.

The Hornets were able to put together good looks all afternoon as Govea, Moss, and others continually found ways to get the ball high to Kikanovic, Scotti, and Matt Carnefix.

Scotti led the Hornets with four shots while Kikanovic and Govea each had two. In total, the Hornets piled up 18 shots against the Aggies, placing five of them on goal. Lapsley, the Big West's defending Defensive Player of the Week, made four saves for UC Davis, none of them easy.

Five of Sacramento State's 18 total shots came in overtime, including one on goal by Scotti. UC Davis had just one shot in the extra period but that was all they needed.

The goal came in the 98th minute after a borderline foul against Tyler Moss. On the ensuing free kick, the Aggies managed to slip the ball into the box where Justin Wright got the goal after bouncing it off the far post. Wright scored both goals for UC Davis, including the first in the 71st minute in regulation. 

Seven players played all 98 minutes for Sacramento State, including midfielders Govea and Carnefix. The two put forth an excellent effort Saturday against a much bigger UC Davis midfield.

The remaining players to log all 98 minutes were on the defensive side of the field for the Hornets. The Aggies entered Saturday's match averaging over six shots on goal per game and the backline of Jack Larter, Luis Urias, Ivan Oseguera, Tyler Moss, and Josh Dull put together an impressive performance, holding UC Davis to just two shots on goal over 98 minutes. 

Coming into Saturday's match, the Hornets were 2-0-2 through four overtime contests this season. Tonight's 2-1 overtime loss is Sacramento State's first loss in extra time since last year's Big West Tournament loss on the road at CSUN.

Saturday's match, although against a Big West foe, was a scheduled non-conference match up. It was the final non-conference match for both teams as Big West competition starts this coming week.

The Hornets wrap their non-conference season with a 2-6-2 overall record. They had three matches against teams ranked in the top 25 and another two against team's ranked in the Far West or West regions.

Big West play kicks off on Wednesday, Oct. 3 as the Hornets welcome UC Santa Barbara to Hornet Field. Kick off for Wednesday's match is scheduled for 4:00 pm. More information can always be found by visiting the Men's Soccer 2018 Schedule online at HornetSports.com.