HONOLULU, Hawaii – For the second consecutive game Sacramento State battled a team into double overtime but was defeated by a late goal, as Hawaii's Storm Kenui netted the winner in the 104th minute to give the Wahine a 2-1 win.
Last Sunday the Hornets lost 1-0 on a goal by San Jose State in the 105th minute. Sophomore goalkeeper Destiny Butcher was brilliant in that game and was again on Thursday as she made a career-high 14 saves, tied for the second most saves in a game in program history.
Sacramento State dropped to 1-2-0 with the narrow loss while Hawaii, which plays its first six games of the season at home, remained undefeated at 2-0-1.
The game was part of the Outrigger Soccer Classic Series #2. Earlier on Thursday Idaho State beat BYU-Hawaii 1-0 in overtime on a penalty kick goal in the 96th minute. The Bengals had a 22-3 edge in shots in the game but couldn't find the back of the net in regulation time.
Since the first game of the tournament went long the Sacramento State – Hawaii game did not start until 10:45 p.m. Pacific time (7:45 p.m. local). It was the first Hornet game off the mainland since the squad last played at Hawaii in 2001.
The shots were 9-7 Hawaii in a scoreless first half with the Wahine placing five on goal. The home team had its best scoring chance on a penalty kick in the 10th minute but Butcher made the save on Hawaii's Sonest Furtado. The Hornets had three shots on goal in the half but goalkeeper Monk Berger was not beaten.
Both teams scored within an eight minute stretch early in the second half. Hawaii took the lead in the 50th minute when Sarah Lau headed home a cross from teammate Addie Steiner.
The Hornets came back to tie it up in the 58th minute. Senior Adaurie Dayak connected with sophomore Caitlin Prothe for the equalizer, as the midfielder scored her first goal of the year while Dayak moved to the team lead with one goal and one assist this season.
Butcher was called upon to make six saves in the second half, denying a pair of tries in the final minute of regulation time. The Hornets had the better chances in the first overtime, taking four shots, but it was all Hawaii in the second OT with Butcher denying a header off a corner before the Wahine found the winner.
The shots in the game were 24-20 in favor of Hawaii with a 16-6 advantage in shots on goal. Butcher's 14 saves equaled the most a Hornet goalie has totaled since 1995 as she became the fourth Hornet keeper to finish a game with 14 stops.
Sacramento State was once again close to recording a tie but the late Hawaii goal made 49 consecutive games since the program's last draw. Thursday's contest was the eighth game to go to overtime in the nearly three years since the team's last tie in 2013.
The Hornets conclude their trip to Honolulu facing BYU-Hawaii at 7:30 p.m. Pacific time on Saturday.