UC Santa Cruz, facing their second-straight Division II opponent, fell 1-0 in overtime to San Francisco State Sunday at the Lower East Field.
UCSC goes to 3-4-1 on the season. The Gators improve to 3-1.
After holding SFSU scoreless through regulation, the Banana Slugs fouled with 2:13 left in overtime after a long clearance from Gator goalkeeper Peter Swinkels ended up bouncing in the UCSC box. Ramiro Palencia converted the resulting penalty for the win.
Andrew Pimentel had seven saves in goal for the Banana Slugs, and is now tied with Nate Levinson for third-most career saves in school history with 137. He had an impressive close range save on Palencia with 14:22 left in regulation to keep the Banana Slugs in the game.
One of UCSC's best chances was in the 59th minute, when Gabriel Palomares had a rocket on a 30-yard free kick that Swinkels stretched to save. Ben Blackfield had a breakaway attempt in the 84th minute but the shot went high.
The Gators finished with a 12-9 shot advantage and had four corners to UCSC's two.
UCSC next travels to NAIA opponent William Jessup on Wednesday September 27th.