DAVIS – Five goals were scored during the final 18 minutes of action between the Cal Poly men's soccer program and UC Davis on Wednesday afternoon, but it was junior forward Sean Goode's team-leading fourth goal of 2017 that was the decisive blow as the Mustangs prevailed for a 3-2, overtime victory at Aggie Soccer Field.
Freshman goalkeeper Jason Hernandez recorded five saves in his first collegiate start for Cal Poly (6-8-1, 2-4-1), which was locked in a scoreless draw with Big West Conference North Division leader UC Davis (7-7-2, 4-2-1) through the opening 73 minutes. Midfielder Alex Sanchez, however, then drove a free kick to senior forward Kaba Alkebulan, who headed Wednesday's opening goal into the back of the Aggie net at the right post.
Seven minutes later, freshman forward Angel De Leon doubled Cal Poly's lead as he notched his first Mustang goal by dribbling into the Aggie penalty area and firing near the right post.
With five minutes to play in regulation though, UC Davis halved Cal Poly's lead as forward Adam Mickelson converted a free kick past Hernandez into the upper right corner.
Just 48 seconds after the restart, UC Davis found the equalizer as forward Matt Baringer headed a cross past Hernandez from the right side.
Goode (above), however, clinched the game-winning goal with the first shot of overtime as his attempt from the right of goal popped over UC Davis goalkeeper Wallis Lapsley.
Cal Poly's victory, coupled with Sacramento State's 2-1 home loss to UC Santa Barbara, drew the Mustangs within three points of the third-place Hornets. UC Santa Barbara (6-5-4, 4-1-2) overtook the North Division lead on 14 points, followed by the Aggies on 13 points, Sacramento State on 10 and Cal Poly on seven.
The top three programs in the North Division qualify for the Nov. 1, 4 and 11 Big West Tournament.
Cal Poly plays its final regular season road match of 2017 at Sacramento State on Saturday, Oct. 21. Kickoff is 3 p.m.