A shorthanded Cate boys soccer team held on to earn a 2-2 draw against Foothill Tech on a windy Tuesday in Ventura.

Ahead 2-0, the Rams lost forward Buba Fofanah when he was red-carded just minutes into the second half.

“We held strong for the next 20 minutes, but Foothill Tech took advantage of a long throw from the corner to halve the Cate lead,” said coach Pete Mack.

The Dragons evened the score on a penalty kick in the final minute of regulation.

Cate goalkeeper Devin Pai made an incredible diving save in the final minutes of overtime to preserve the tie.

Cate took a 1-0 lead midway through the first half on a penalty kick. Fofanah was taken down in the box and Daniel Boateng converted the PK.

Fofanah made it 2-0 when he split two defenders and beat the goalkeeper to the lower right corner.

Mack was pleased with how his team performed while playing a man down.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our guys,” he said. “We played the ‘right’ way and had control of the game and, when confronted with playing down a man, tightened up defensively.

“But it’s hard to withstand constant pressure from a team as skilled and organized as Foothill Tech. The fact that we preserved the tie in overtime is a testament to our grit. We took a big step forward as a team, which is going to pay big dividends when we return from the break.”

Cate is 3-0-1.

— Noozhawk sports editor Barry Punzal can be reached at bpunzal@noozhawk.com. Follow Noozhawk Sports on Twitter: @NoozhawkSports. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.