San Jose, Calif. - Despite outshooting the Sacramento State Hornets 27-to-8, the San Jose State Spartans allowed an unassisted goal inthe 96th minute to lose 1-0 in both team's Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opener.
The loss leaves the Spartans 3-3-3 overall, 0-1-0 in MPSF play. Sacramento State improves to 5-3-1, 1-0-0 in conference action.
Sacramento State's Chris Bettencourt collected a loose ball 12-yards from the Spartans goal line after keeper Doug Highton misplayed along-high ball from Hornets territory. Highton came off his line to play the ball, but it bounded over his outstreched hands. Bettencourt went around him, took the free ball and fired it high to the right side of th net for the game winner in overtime. It was his fourth goal of theseason.
San Jose State came out in the first half and had the better of the play. The majority of the first 45 minutes were contested in the Sacramento State half of the field. The Spartans got off 12 shots, four of which were on frame compared to the Hornets two shots and one on goal. Despite the advantage the teams went to halftime tied 0-0.
In what appeared to be a turning point, Sacramento State's Casey Bernard was sent off at the 54:03 mark. With the man advantage, the Spartans outshot Sacramento State 12-to-4 for the remainder of regulation time, but couldn't make the Hornets pay.
The best chances to score for the San Jose State came in the final 15 minutes of the second period. Roberto Casteneda played a ball across the field to Steven Sanchez. Sanchez drove it down the sideline and centered it to Mauricio Murrillo who took a shot from no more than the 9 yards out. Hornets keeper Cesar Castillo made a diving save to preserve the tie.
In the 87th minute Sanchez found himself on the doorstep of the Hornets goal with the ball, but again Castillo made the save on a point blank shot. Then in the 88th minute Nick Cashmere, who led San Jose State with six shots, fired a ball from a sharp angle to the right of the goal which again Castillo corralled for another of his six saves on the night.
Murrillo, Dylan Murphy and Casteneda each had fou rattempts with Murrillo putting two on goal. Jonathan Salceda and Sanchez each took three shots.
The 27 shots were a season-high for San Jose State and the eight attempts for Sacramento State equaled a season low for a Spartans' opponent.
Castillo improves his record to 3-2-1, 1-0-0 in conference action. Highton took the loss. His record stands at 0-1-0, 0-1-0 in MPSF play. It was the first start of his collegiate career and first result.
The Spartans return to action on Friday, October 7 when they host the Seattle Redhawks in Spartan Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.