SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Junior forward Mackenzie Pridham scored his team-leading eighth goal of the 2012 season in the 67th minute, but the Cal Poly men’s soccer program – despite outshooting Sacramento State, 19-6, and holding the Hornets to just four attempts on goal in 110 minutes – settled for a 1-1 draw at Hornet Field on Friday afternoon.
Unbeaten in five successive matches against Big West Conference North Division leader Sacramento State (7-4-2, 4-0-1), Cal Poly (7-5-1, 2-2-1) held the Hornets without a shot attempt for the opening 49 minutes. In the 50th, however, Sacramento State junior midfielder Gabe Silveira was tripped from behind by a Mustang defender after driving into the Cal Poly penalty area. Senior forward Max Alvarez stepped to the spot and buried his penalty past Mustang freshman goalkeeper Wade Hamilton.
Cal Poly, which forced Sacramento State senior goalkeeper Bryan Oliver into 10 saves on Friday, responded 17 minutes later as Pridham took a short cross from senior forward Benny Estes and fired a shot into the back of the Sacramento State net.
With the goal, Pridham became the first Mustang since David Zamora in 2008 to notch eight goals in a season.
Cal Poly continued to chip away at Oliver with Pridham, who placed four of his six shot attempts on target, eliciting two saves down the stretch in regulation.
During the first overtime period, Hamilton recorded a pair of saves during a 47-second span to keep the scoreline level and at the other end of Hornet Field, Mustang junior midfielder Nolan Moore was turned away by Oliver in the 94th minute.
Pridham saw another attempt blocked in the second overtime as the Mustangs were forced to settle for the draw.
Despite the draw, the Mustangs moved up into a third-place tie in the Big West North Division standings on seven points with No. 8 UC Santa Barbara. The Gauchos (8-1-3, 2-1-1), however, visit second-place UC Davis (5-4-4, 3-1-0) on Saturday. Sacramento State remained in first place on 13 points.
Cal Poly returns home to Alex G. Spanos Stadium to host UC Davis on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.