NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – Sacramento State went to overtime for the fourth time this year and came away with a 2-1 win over CSUN after Benji Kikanovic delivered the game-winning golden goal just moments into overtime.
With the win, Sacramento State improves to 6-6-2 overall and 1-1-1 in Big West play. CSUN falls to 6-6-1 and is now 1-2 in league play.
Kikanovic found the back of the net just 87 seconds into overtime Wednesday night, scoring a golden goal game winner to lift the Hornets to a 2-1 win. Arath Chavez found Kikanovic in the middle of the box and the sophomore forward drilled one home for his fourth goal of the year.
For Chavez, the assist was his team-leading fifth of the season and second of the night.
Earlier, Chavez had found Oscar Govea, who also scored his fourth goal of the year on Wednesday night, to break a scoreless tie midway through the second half with a strike from just outside six-yard box.
Govea's goal put the Hornets ahead 1-0 in the 65th minute.
The trio of Govea, Kikanovic, and Chavez have been leading the Hornets all season. Govea, who has four assists to go with his four goals, leads the team with 12 points. Chavez, who now has five assists and two goals, is next with nine points, while Kikanovic (four goals) is third on the team with eight points.
Despite Govea giving the Hornets a late lead, CSUN countered just minutes later, finding the equalizer in the 69th minute and forcing the overtime period.
For the Hornets, the overtime win was their first of the year. In four overtime contests this season, Sacramento State is 1-1-2.
The win also moves the Hornets to .500 on the road, where they are 4-4 this season.
In total, Sacramento State outshot CSUN 14-7, including a 4-2 edge in shots on goal. The Matadors had the edge in corner kicks, 8-6, but also continually gave the Hornets free kicks, piling up 16 fouls to Sacramento State's six.
After the midweek matchup at CSUN, Sacramento State now returns home for a Saturday match against Cal State Fullerton. After starting the season 8-0-1, the Titans have dropped five straight, including three against Big West opponents. They'll get a Hornets team coming off a big win Wednesday night at CSUN.
Kickoff on Saturday is scheduled for 2 p.m. PT. Details on that match, including links to tickets, video streams, live stats, and more, can be found online on the Sacramento State men's soccer schedule at HornetSports.com.