MORAGA, Calif. – Sacramento State senior goalkeeper Cesar Castillo made 10 saves, finishing just one stop shy of his career high, as Sacramento State recorded its third consecutive tie in a 0-0 final at Saint Mary's. Four of the Hornets five matches this season have gone to overtime and the team has played more than 70 minutes of extra soccer already this season.
Castillo made five saves in each half to finish just shy of his career-high of 11 saves made in his first collegiate match vs. Duke in 2010. Saint Mary's goalkeeper Lucas Champenois was credited with four saves while the team had two saves, with Saint Mary's holding a 17-14 overall shot advantage for the contest.
Neither team attempted a shot for the first 20 minutes of the match before Saint Mary's (2-2-1) had a try stopped by Castillo. Sacramento State (1-1-3) had a flurry of tries in the 26th minute, as senior Gabe Silveira hit the post, freshman Brian Von Lackum had a shot stopped by the Saint Mary's keeper and senior Isaac Ikyurav had a shot sent back by the Gael defense.
Saint Mary's had its best scoring chances of the opening period in the 42nd minute as the Gaels had two shots stopped by Castillo and another blocked by the Hornet defense. Castillo made five saves in the first half as Saint Mary's had an 8-5 shot advantage in a scoreless first half.
The Gaels put another five shots on frame in the second overtime but Castillo was up to the task. The senior keeper made a pair of saves over the final 10 minutes of regulation to force overtime, while the Hornets had three shots on goal in the second half.
Sacramento State had the only two shots of the first overtime, with a team save credited to the Gaels on the only shot on goal of the first OT by Silveira. The home team had two shots in the second overtime but couldn't put a try on frame as Castillo ended the contest one save short of his career high.
Ikyurav and Silveira each had three shots, with the later placing two on goal. The Gaels had an 8-5 edge in corner kicks, including a 4-0 advantage in the second half. With the tie Sacramento State has now played 24 straight overtime matches without a loss, moving to 10-0-14 in those matches dating back to the first match of the 2010 season.
Sacramento State will continue non-conference play next weekend in southern California, facing Loyola Marymount on Friday and San Diego on Sunday.