Causeway rivals battle to 1-1 tie

Christopher Bullock

When the Sacramento State and UC Davis men’s soccer teams get together, it usually tends to be an interesting match.

Saturday’s matchup was no different, as the Hornets and Aggies fought to a 1-1 double overtime tie at Aggie Field in Davis.

The matchup for Sac State (5-7-2, 2-3-1 in the Big West Conference) and UC Davis (7-6-2, 3-1-2 Big West) was the third straight match to go into overtime.

Coach Michael Linenberger gave UC Davis a lot of credit, while admitting this match would be tough for his Hornets.

“Davis is stronger, and we knew by watching on tape that they were going to be the faster team,” Linenberger said. “We did our best to keep up with them on a physical level and fortunately we got a point on their home turf.”

From the beginning of the game, the Aggies played with the Hornets, keeping the ball in their possession as long as possible. in the 27th minute, Aggie redshirt freshman Roy Boateng went for the goal, only to be denied by Sac State goalkeeper James Del Curto. Fortunately for Boateng, his teammate, Miguel Acevedo, happened to be close by to put back the rebound and place the Aggies on the scoreboard first.

UC Davis went into halftime with an 8-1 shot advantage and a 1-0 lead.

Sac State was not deterred by the deficit, and went into the second half re-energized. Nine minutes into the second half, Sac State redshirt junior John Quintanilla sent a deep ball toward Ivan Ramirez, who found Cylus Sandoval wide open. Sandoval would take the ball and score his third goal of the season.

The Hornets kept the pressure on the Aggies defensively, not allowing a single shot on goal in the half. Sac State finished the second half with three shots on goal, but that wouldn’t be enough to keep them from going into overtime.

“In the first half, Davis was by far the better team,” Linenberger said. “In the second half, we revved up and started playing real soccer again.”

In the first overtime, the Hornets almost had the game won when junior Andrew Gosselin went for a header goal. Unfortunately for Gosselin, the header went wide.

In the second overtime, UC Davis scored what they thought was the winning goal. As the team was celebrating, however, the line judge declared there was an offside penalty on UC Davis, erasing the goal.

UC Davis finished the game with a 17-9 overall shot advantage, but Sac State had more shots on goal (three to UC Davis’ one). Del Curto finished the game with six saves.

The Hornets face off against Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on Wednesday before meeting UC Davis again at Hornet Field next Saturday.