Sacramento, Calif. - An overtime goal by Sacramento State's Isaac Ikyurav sent the San Jose State men's soccer team (8-7-3, 5-5-0MPSF) to a 3-2 defeat on Saturday afternoon.
The loss slots the Spartans into the fifth seed in next week's Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championship Tournament and sets up a rematch with the Sacramento State Hornets (9-7-2, 5-4-1 MPSF) who are the fourth seed.
"This is a game we shouldn't have lost," said head coach Gary St. Clair. "We made some crucial mistakes on defense, but had opportunities to score. We scored a goal in the second half, which should have won it for us in regulation, but it was called back."
With the Hornets leading 2-1 in the 83rd minute, Spartans' striker Nick Cashmere took a throughball from Steven Sanchez and slotted in for his sixth of the season, which ties him with Sanchez for the team's goal-scoring lead. Sanchez's assist was his team-tying fourth on the season.
In the opening 45 minutes San Jose State outshot the Hornets 7-to-4, but at the 23:15 mark Sacramento State's Chris Bettencourt took a pass from his brother Adam and shot it to the far post for a 1-0 advantage.
Barely four minutes later, with the ball deep in Hornets territory, a defensive miscue evened the score. Trying to cross the ball in front of his own net, a Sacramento State defender tapped it into the goal. The own goal made the score 1-1 at the half.
In the 48th minute, Isaac Flores put the Hornets back in front. Chris Bettencourt fed Flores at the top of the box. Flores then shot to the far post for a 2-1 lead.
For the match, San Jose State had an 18-to-17 advantage in shots. Jonathan Lester made seven saves among the 10 attempts the Hornets put on goal. He has 96 saves on the year, which moves him in eighth place on the program's single-season saves list. In addition, his 216 career saves are good for fifth most in San Jose State history.
Cashmere led the Spartans with six shots and a goal. Dylan Murphy had three attempts and Diego Ochoa took two.
San Jose State travels to Denver, Colo., for next weeks MPSF Championship Tournament. The winner of the championship receives an automatic bit to the NCAA Tournament. The Spartans play Sacramento State on Thursday, November 10, on host Denver University's Ciber Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.