SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento State scored two goals in the final 15 minutes of regulation on Saturday, battling back from a two-goal deficit and forcing a 2-2 draw against the visiting UC Irvine Anteaters.
With the draw, Sacramento State moves to 5-6-2 overall and 0-1-1 in Big West play. For UC Irvine, the Anteaters are now 4-4-5 and 1-0-1 in league competition.
The first half passed without a score, though the 'Eaters certainly had their chances. UC Irvine piled up nine first-half shots, though placed just two on goal. Hornets keeper Hector Grajeda kept the 'Eaters off the board with two saves.
Things took a turn in the second half as UC Irvine took a 1-0 advantage on a penalty kick following a Hornets handball in the box in the 63rd minute. The 'Eaters extended their lead just 10 minutes later, scoring again to make it a 2-0 game.
Sacramento State refused to quit, however, and finally found the back of the net in the 75th minute. Alejandro Alcantara sent one into the box from the near side where Titus Washington hit a hard one-touch cross to Matt Carnefix at the top of the six. Carnefix blasted one in for his third goal of the season to make it a 2-1 match.
Luis Urias was ready and waiting, throwing another header at the ball and lifting it into the top left corner for the equalizer. The goal was a career-first for Urias.
Both teams had opportunities in overtime, including a very near goal for UC Irvine, but a great save by Grajeda followed by a block by Robles in the 100th minute kept it a 2-2 match.
In total, the Hornets were outshot, 22-7, including 8-3 in shots on goal, but Grajeda made a season-high six saves and kept the Hornets in the match.
Following Saturday's draw, Sacramento State will head back out on the road for its next conference match. The Hornets are out next at CSUN on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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.