STANFORD, Calif. - The Sacramento State men's soccer team lost, 3-0, to Stanford on Tuesday night at Cagan Stadium in its first of two exhibition games prior to the 2012 season.
The Hornets were down 1-0 at halftime as each team took seven shots in the opening 45 minutes. But after the break, the Cardinal turned it on and attempted 18 shots in the second half, connecting on two more goals.
Junior midfielder Gabe Silveira and senior midfielder Alex Lopez each took a team-high two shots while junior midfielder Almog Strikowski, senior forward Max Alvarez and junior forward Isaac Ikyurac each had one go at the net.
Head coach Michael Linenberger, in his 24th season, started one true freshman - defender Adam Rodriguez - and played five more newcomers in the game.
Junior keeper and preseason second team all-Big West selection Cesar Castillo started out the game in net and allowed one goal in the first half without making a save. Senior goalie Bryan Oliver took over after halftime and allowed two scores while making six saves.
The Hornets have one more exhibition game - Saturday afternoon at Cal - before opening up the 2012 regular season on Aug. 24 at Oregon State.