LAS VEGAS, Nev. — The Sacramento State women's soccer team battled fiercely in 100+ degree weather Friday evening, but came up just short as a double overtime golden goal by UC Santa Barbara in the 109th minute proved the difference in a 2-1 match.
UC Santa Barbara started the scoring, sneaking one past the defense and junior goalkeeper Kaylyn Evans in the 14th minute. The Gauchos pressed the attack consistently all night, but Evans and the Hornets' strong back line, anchored by returning defender Christina Lazar, kept the Gauchos offense at bay for the rest of regulation.
It was Lazar who evened the match, scoring Sacramento State's first goal of the season and the first goal of her career in the 58th minute to level the score at one. Neither team was able to score again before 90 minutes expired.
After a scoreless first overtime period, the game-winner for Santa Barbara came with 108:06 on the clock, just under two minutes from the final whistle. Evans made a number of nice saves in overtime, including two excellent saves back-to-back in the 96th minute to preserve the 1-1 tie through the first overtime.
In total, the Hornets were outshot by UC Santa Barbara, 17-2, including 6-1 in shots on goal. Nine of UC Santa Barbara's shots came in overtime, as did five of their shots on goal.
Last season, Sacramento State played in a seven overtime matches, going 1-2-4 in those contests. Their four draws were the most ever in a single season in program history.
On a hot Vegas evening in which temperatures touched just over 100 degrees, Evans, defender Mia Wilson, and midfielder Mikayla Reed paced the team, each totaling 108 minutes in the season opener. Lazar and forward Kylee Kim-Bustillos totaled 100 and 102, respectively.
Friday night's match was just the first of two in this weekend tournament for Sacramento State. They'll next take on host UNLV on Sunday at 1:00 pm. The full Sacramento State women's soccer schedule, including game times and links to follow the action, can be found online at HornetSports.com.