SAN JOSE, Calif. – After 104 scoreless minutes of play and several close calls for both teams San Jose State senior Alexis Venegas delivered the golden goal to give the Spartans a 1-0 double overtime win over the Hornets on Sunday afternoon.
Sophomore goalkeeper Destiny Butcher made several superb stops in the game but in the end Sacramento State (1-1-0) was handed its first loss of the season. The defending Mountain West tournament champion and an NCAA Tournament team from a year ago, San Jose State (1-0-1) got the win after a scoreless draw on Friday against UC Riverside.
The Hornets did not allow a goal through their first 194 minutes played of the season after shutting out CSU Bakersfield in the season opener on Friday. San Jose State played 214 minutes before tallying its first goal of the year.
In the 104th minute on Sunday Butcher made a sensational save on a dive to her right after a point blank range shot off a long throw in. She made another fine stop on the ensuing corner kick and the Hornet defense cleared another ball off the goal line.
The Spartans kept possession, however, and Myia Wilkes sent a cross back into the box that was headed by Dorthe Hoppius to Venegas for a low volley into the Hornet goal from just a few yards out.
Butcher made seven saves in the contest, including two big ones in the second overtime. After a slow start in a scoreless first half in which the Hornets were outshot 9-1, Sacramento State created much more offensive pressure in the second half and forced SJSU goalkeeper Paige Simoneau to make three saves in the second period.
The best Hornet scoring chance came in the 73rd minute when a corner kick from junior Kayla Collins connected with senior Regan Smithers but her header attempt was denied. Senior Adaurie Dayak also had a good chance stopped before the Spartans had six shots and two corners in the final two and a half minutes of regulation time but could not score.
San Jose State took that momentum into the first overtime period and earned a pair of corner kicks but neither team was credited with a shot over that 10 minute stretch. Hoppius missed just high on a header off a corner early in the second OT prior to the Spartans finding the winner.
The Hornets were outshot 22-7 for the game while the Spartans were 8-3 in shots on goal and had a 10-2 advantage in corner kicks. Freshman Mikayla Reed was the only Hornet to take multiple shots.
With the late goal by San Jose State the Hornets have now played 48 consecutive games without a tie. Sunday's contest was just the seventh game to go to overtime in the nearly three years since the team's last tie in 2013.
Sacramento State heads to Honolulu next week for a pair of games on the island of Oahu. The team will face Hawaii at 7 p.m. local time (10 p.m. Pacific time) Thursday night before facing BYU-Hawaii in a neutral site contest next Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Pacific.