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Photo: Jeff Liang (UCSB Athletics)
Photo: Jeff Liang (UCSB Athletics)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – For the second straight match, Sacramento State found itself battling into overtime. Unlike their last match, however, the Hornets fell in the 97th minute, 1-0, on the road against UC Santa Barbara.

With the loss, Sacramento State is now 0-2-1 to start the year. For UCSB, the Gauchos improved to 1-1-1 overall.

Things developed quickly in Friday night's match at Harder Stadium. UC Santa Barbara had a great opportunity early, but a brilliant kick save by Tiffany Miras prevented a Gauchos goal in the 3rd minute and shifted momentum in Sacramento State's direction.

From that moment, the Hornets looked to be in control in the first half of Friday night's match, pressuring the Gauchos defense for the remaining 40 minutes.

Sacramento State very nearly took the lead in the 14th minute when Isabella Vinsonhaler's header was saved just before sailing into the lower left corner of the net. Moments later, the Hornets had another great opportunity miss by inches when Julia Herrera drilled one off the cross bar on a free kick from 20 yards out in the 17th minute.

Although Sacramento State took just three total shots in the first half compared to Santa Barbara's five, the match was clearly looking to be in the Hornets' favor.

All of that seemed to change after half time when the Gauchos came out the aggressors, piling up 13 second half shots to Sacramento State's two. Despite the disparity, the Hornets defense and keeper Katie Price held firm, keeping the Gauchos off the scoreboard for another 45 minutes as the match went to overtime.

Ultimately, the UCSB attack proved too much as the Gauchos finally broke through with the golden goal game winner in the 97th minute.

Price matched her career high with six saves on Friday, tying her lone start during the 2020 season, a home match against Montana.

In another long match, five Hornets played the full 97 minutes on Friday night. In addition to Price, defenders Aubrey Goodwill and Vinsonhaler and midfielders Shay Valenzano and Herrera each played the full time.

Friday night's match was the second straight to go to overtime for the Hornets and the ninth in the team's last 14 contests, dating back to last season.

The team has a quick turnaround and early chance to bounce back from Friday night's loss when they take on the Cal Poly Mustangs Sunday afternoon in San Luis Obispo. The two teams kick off at noon at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

For the latest on all things Sacramento State women's soccer, be sure to visit the Hornets women's soccer page online at HornetSports.com for news, notes, and more.