SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento State took a 1-0 lead late into Saturday's match against Causeway rivals UC Davis, but two late Aggie scores, including one in overtime, handed the Hornets a tough 2-1 loss.
The loss drops Sacramento State to 5-5-1 overall this season while UC Davis improves to 6-3-1.
Although both members of the Big West Conference, Saturday's match was a designated non-conference match, the final non-conference tune up for both squads.
The Hornets struck first in the match and looked like the better team through the first 45 minutes.
Just over 23 minutes into the match, Matthew Korpontinos found Jaime Robles in the middle of the box. Robles barreled his way through two defenders, all while maintaining possession, before sending one past the Aggies keeper for his first career goal.
Robles is a lifelong center back, but with his size - listed at 6'3" - he was tasked with playing up top against a physical Aggies defense. The move worked and the Hornets took a 1-0 lead into half.
For Korpontinos, the assist was his first as a Hornet.
The momentum started to swing back in the second half as UC Davis continued to pressure the ball deep into the Hornets half. The Aggies strung together multiple set pieces and eventually, with just four minutes remaining in the match, connected on a header after a throw in to level the score, 1-1.
Sacramento State looked to counter and seemed to find the go-ahead score just moments later, but a Matthew Carnefix goal was waved off after he was ruled offside.
Even at one, the match went to overtime, but the Aggies found themselves with a free kick from a few steps outside the 18 just seconds into the first overtime period.
UC Davis' Kristian Heptner took the kick for the Aggies and connected on a strike that banged off the left post and into the back of the net for the game-winner.
Robles led Sacramento State with four total shots, including a powerfully volley inside the box that smashed into an Aggies defender, knocking him to the ground. The Hornets had eight total, compared to the Aggies' 11.
As expected, Saturday's match between the two rivals was physical and emotional. Although the first half saw just 10 combined fouls - five each way - the second half included 19 total fouls (10 UCD, 9 SAC) and five yellow cards (3 UCD, 2 SAC).
Big West competition is up next for both teams. The Hornets will open the conference portion of their schedule on the road on Wednesday at UC Santa Barbara. Wednesday's action is scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Details on that game, including links to tickets, video streams, live stats, and more, can be found online on the Sacramento State men's soccer schedule at HornetSports.com.