SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Gabe Silveira scored in his first game of the season as Sacramento State came back from a 1-0 deficit and earned a 1-1 draw with Seattle on Sunday afternoon at Hornet Field.
The match concluded play for the Hornets in the Copa de Causeway. Silveira and senior forward Isaac Ikyurav were named to the all-Tournament team. CSU Bakersfield won the tournament after a 2-0 win over UC Davis on Sunday.
"I thought today we did a much better job of keeping the ball and we were pleased with our ability to play out of the back and keep possession," Hornet head coach Michael Linenberger said. "We were happy with our response early in the second half. Tying is better than losing, but we feel – at home – that's a game we have to win, so although we're happy we came back and equalized we're disappointed that we didn't win."
Sacramento State (1-1-1) had early opportunities to score multiple goals in the contest but Seattle (0-3-1) goalkeeper Jake Feener did his part to get the result for his team. Just five minutes into the contest Ikyurav had a point-blank shot from five yards out stopped on a superb diving stop. Feener totaled six saves in the first half, including another diving save on a later try by freshman Trevor Jackson.
The only goal of the half came in the 33rd minute. A lose ball near midfield got past a Hornet defender and Seattle's Miguel Gonzalez lobbed a high shot on the Hornet goal that went over top of Hornet goalkeeper Cesar Castillo and found the net as the visitors held the halftime lead.
Just one minute and 13 second after the intermission the Hornets would find the equalizer. A pass from junior Chimdum Mez found Silveira with space 10 yards out and the senior fired a shot into the far corner past a diving Feener to knot the score at 1-1.
Sacramento State maintained its pressure following the goal and Feener had to fend off another shot on goal by Silveira in the 58th minute. Castillo had to make two stops in the second half and Seattle's Jonathan Massimino nearly scored the game winner on a breakaway in the 73rd minute but his shot missed just wide.
With no winner decided through 90 minutes the match moved to overtime, and despite a 3-0 advantage in shots in the first extra period, the Hornets were unable to put a try on goal as play continued to a second OT. Playing under mid-90 temperatures the teams appeared spent in the second overtime as neither side could get off a shot in the final 10 minutes and the match ended in a draw.
Sacramento State held a 20-11 overall shot advantage and had a 9-5 edge in shots on goal. Mez led all players with six shots while Ikyurav and Silveira each had five shots, with the later placing three on goal. Feener finished with eight saves while Castillo had four.
The Hornets will conclude their season-long three-match homestand with a mid-week battle against San Francisco at 4 p.m. Thursday at Hornet Field.