SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento State found a late equalizer on Saturday, forcing overtime against a talented Cal State Fullerton squad, but still fell late as the Titans scored the game-winner with just over a minute left to play.
The 2-1 loss on Saturday drops Sacramento State to 6-7-2 overall and 1-2-1 in conference play. For the Titans, they improve to 9-5-1 overall while finding their conference points, moving to 1-4-0 in Big West play.
The first half passed without a goal, though both teams recorded one shot on frame. Sacramento State and Cal State Fullerton were nearly even in possession, the Titans ahead 51-49%.
In the second half, Sacramento State looked to control the ball more, but it was Cal State Fullerton finding the back of the net first in the 53rd minute. After a blocked shot by Hornets keeper Hector Grajeda, the Titan's Rei Dowart played the rebound for his first goal of the year.
40 minutes later, the Hornets found their answers as Jaime Robles - moved to the top after spending most of the match at centerback - drilled one home after quick balls from Matt Carnefix and Benji Kikanovic.
Sacramento State pushed the attack in the first overtime period, outshooting the Titans, 2-0. But Cal State Fullerton bounced back in the second, finding some offense of their own.
The game-winner came off the foot of Alex Jaurez, his first goal of the year, with just 95 seconds remaining in the second overtime. The Hornets headed a cross out of the box, looking to clear, but instead sent it straight to Jaurez, whose volley traveled from the top of the box into the top right corner for the golden goal.
Saturday's match was the third straight overtime contest for the Hornets, who won at CSUN in overtime after playing to a draw in their last home match against UC Irvine. For the season, Sacramento State is 1-2-2 in five overtime matches.
In total on Saturday, Sacramento State trailed in shots, 15-14, and in shots on goal, 9-6. Hornets keeper Hector Grajeda made a career-high seven saves in the match.
Sacramento State piled up the corner kicks on Saturday, outgaining the Titans, 9-2, but was unable to convert on their chances.
For the first time since mid-September, the Hornets will play back-to-back home matches after splitting their time between Southern California and Sacramento over the last three weeks. Sacramento State hosts Big West foe Cal Poly on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 3 p.m.
Wednesday's match is the final home match of the regular season for the Hornets, and as such, is the team's annual Senior Day celebration. The Hornets will recognize their graduating seniors before the start of Wednesday's action.
Kickoff is scheduled for 3:00 pm with Senior Day celebrations just before that. 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.