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MEN’S SOCCER WINS COPA DE CAUSEWAY WITH 1-1 DRAW VS. SAINT MARY’S

MEN’S SOCCER WINS COPA DE CAUSEWAY WITH 1-1 DRAW VS. SAINT MARY’S

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Senior Ivan Ramirez continued his brilliant run with an early goal on a Penalty Kick but Saint Mary's was able to net an equalizer in the 74th minute in a 1-1 draw against Sacramento State on Saturday at Hornet Field.

The game concluded the Copa De Causeway, and with the tie and a 1-0 victory for No. 15 Utah Valley at UC Davis on Saturday the Hornets won the tournament with a 1-0-1 record. Ramirez, senior Argenis Ramos, senior Alex Bettencourt, and junior Paul Geyer were named to the All-Tournament team.

Ramirez put in a PK in the 10th minute after he scored two goals and had an assist on Thursday against No. 15 Utah Valley. Ramirez has scored in three straight games, totaling four goals and two assists for 10 points in the last three matches.

The game was the first overtime contest of the season and the first tie for Sacramento State (4-3-1). The Hornets are undefeated in their last four matches and 4-1-1 in the last six. Saint Mary's (2-5-3) played its second straight OT match and its fourth match to go to extra time this season.

"I thought we started the game well again in the first 10-15 minutes and created some chances and obviously got the early goal again," Sacramento State head coach Michael Linenberger said. "I thought we kind of lost our way again, especially in the second half. The first 30 minutes of the second half they were all over us, but I thought we reacted well after they scored and found the game again."

The Gaels were whistled for a foul in the box after a Hornet corner kick less than 10 minutes into the game. In the first PK attempt of the season for the Sacramento State Ramirez buried a low shot to the right post.

Saint Mary's would go on to a 9-7 shot advantage in the first half but placed just two shots on goal. Junior James Del Curto had a few brilliant saves early in the second half, but in the 74th minute Dakota Armour played a short cross from along the end line to the right of the Hornet goal and Alex Pidoux chested the ball in from the front of the goal mouth.

The Gaels outshot the Hornets 8-2 in the second half but could not score again. In the first overtime Ramirez nearly had another goal to win the game but Saint Mary's goalkeeper Remi Prieur made a brilliant diving save and stopped a rebound attempt from sophomore Brad Bumgarner to keep his team alive.

In the second overtime Bumgarner had a shot blocked and then had a good look on a rebound attempt but Prieur made another strong save.

Del Curto equaled his season high with seven saves while the Hornets also had a critical team save early in the first half. Prieur made five saves in just his third game played of the season.

Though disappointed to not come away with a win on Saturday, another positive result and a win in the semi-annual Copa De Causeway tournament has Linenberger feeling confident in his team entering Big West Conference play next week.

"We won the tournament so you have to be happy with that," he said. "Outside of the tournament we had a four game homestand with three wins and a tie, so we're happy with that as well. We're scoring goals and where we are now compared to where we were the first couple weeks of the season is light years ahead, but we have to get better yet to qualify for the Big West Tournament."

Sacramento State opens the 10-game Big West schedule on the road, playing at UC Irvine Thursday and at CSUN next Saturday.

Copa De Causeway All-Tournament Team

Ivan Ramirez (Sacramento State)
Paul Geyer (Sacramento State)
Argenis Ramos (Sacramento State)
Alex Bettencourt (Sacramento State)
Karson Payton (Utah Valley)
Nic Harguindeguy (Utah Valley)
Aaron Meyer (Utah Valley)
Dash MacNamara (UC Davis)
Roy Boateng (UC Davis)
Alex Braman (Saint Mary's)
Erik Lyons (Saint Mary's)