BETTENCOURT'S OVERTIME GOAL LEADS MEN'S SOCCER TO 1-0 WIN AT SAN JOSE STATE
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Despite playing down a man for the final 41 minutes of the game, the Sacramento State men's soccer team was able to capture a 1-0 overtime win at San Jose State in its Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opener on Sunday night.
Chris Bettencourt's overtime goal gave the Hornets a 1-0 win at San Jose State.
The Hornets improved to 5-3-1 (1-0 MPSF) with the win while the Spartans fell to 3-3-3 (0-1 MPSF) after the loss.
After a scoreless regulation that saw defender Casey Bernard draw a red card in the 55th minute, Chris Bettencourt scored his fourth goal of the season in the 96th minute. Midway through the first overtime, goalkeeper Cesar Castillo booted a ball from his box into the opposing goal area where San Jose State keeper Doug Highton misplayed the ball. Bettencourt took advantage of the loose ball in the box, firing a shot through a pair of defenders. It was the senior forward's team-best second game-winning goal of the season.
San Jose State had a massive advantage in shots (27-9) and corner kicks (6-2) but the Hornets prevailed behind Bettencourt's goal and Castillo's six saves. San Jose State's Nick Cashmere had a game-high six shots and three shots on goal.
The Hornets play their first home conference games of the season next weekend when they play host to Cal State Bakersfield on Friday and Seattle on Sunday at Hornet Field.