BICYCLE KICK WITH ONE SECOND LEFT LIFTS MEN'S SOCCER TO 2-2 TIE
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Freshman Fernando Cabadas' improbable bicycle kick with one second remaining in regulation lifted the Sacramento State men's soccer team to a 2-2 tie against the UC Riverside Highlanders on Sunday, Sept. 16.
With the tie, the Hornets move to 0-5-1, while the Highlanders move to 3-2-1.
UC Riverside struck first in the contest, as Joel Crompton found the back of the net following a free kick cross from Zach Walker in the 15th minute to give the Highlanders a 1-0 advantage.
UCR then tacked on a second goal in the 51st minute as Robert Cate scored, with Walker providing the assist once again, to make the Hornet deficit 2-0.
Sacramento State was not done, however, as freshman Cody Shields scored off of a feed from sophomore Patrick Egloria in the 54th minute to pull the Hornets to within one at 2-1. The game would change in the 77th minute as Hornet sophomore 'keeper Ryan Kenny was assessed a red card for a hand ball outside of the goalie area.
Despite being a man down, the Hornets would continue to fight to the final horn, as following a deep throw in, freshman Alex DeTorres was able to redirect a header toward the near post and Cabadas flew in for the game-tying bicycle kick with one second on the clock to force overtime.
In the two overtime periods, the Hornets were awarded two corner kicks but did not have a shot attempt, while allowing the Highlanders seven shots. Junior 'keeper Nick Gargiulo, who is still recovering from an offseason shoulder injury, played very well after coming in following the red card, posting four saves in nearly 34 minutes in net.
For the game, UCR outshot the Hornets 24-8, with Cito Soriano leading the way with seven shots. All eight Hornet shots came from newcomers to the roster, with Cabadas and fellow freshman Jose Cortez leading the way with three shots apiece.
Sacramento State is back in action at Hornet Soccer Field on Friday, Sept. 21 as they host the Saint Mary's Gaels. Kickoff is scheduled for 4pm.