SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Two overtime periods weren't enough on Sunday as the Sacramento State men's soccer team battled to a 1-1 draw against the visiting Pacific Tigers.
The draw is the first of the year for both teams, as Sacramento State moves to 5-2-1 overall and the Tigers to 3-3-1.
Sunday's match was a physical one and an emotional one as the Hornets and Tigers - who are based in Stockton - have developed a rivalry of sorts over the last few seasons based on proximity.
Pacific came into the match riding back-to-back wins over CSU Bakersfield and UC Davis, two tough teams, but seemed to meet their match in the Hornets.
Unfortunately, the Hornets spotted the Tigers with an own goal midway through the first half as an attempt to volley a Pacific cross out of the center resulted in a deflected ball into the Sacramento State net.
Despite the early disadvantage, Sacramento State battled back, finding the equalizer in the 59th minute thanks to Arath Cahvez.
Chavez found the back of the net on a short shot from the right side of the box after two quick passes from Alejandro Alcantara and Genaro Alfaro. Both received an assist on the play, the first of the year for both.
For Chavez, the goal was his second this season, and he is now tied for second on the team with six total points.
Despite the even score, the Hornets dominated on the offensive end of the field, piling up 17 total shots to Pacific's five. 58% of Sacramento State's possessions came on Pacific's end of the field. However, just four of those 17 shots were on frame.
The fouls piled up in Sunday's affair, as well, as the two teams combined for 31 (17 against Pacific, 14 against the Hornets). The match also saw seven total yellow cards - four to Sacramento State and three to the Tigers.
Sunday's draw closes out a strong home weekend for the Hornets, who went 1-0-1 against San Francisco and Pacific, two tough WCC opponents.
They will face even tougher opponents this coming weekend when the team faces Indiana and Saint Mary's - both top 10 teams and both on the road.
The road trip starts on Friday, Sept. 27 at Indiana. Kick is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. local time (4:30 p.m. PT).
Details on that game, including notes, links to live stats and video streams, and more, can be found online on the Sacramento State men's soccer schedule at HornetSports.com.