MEN’S SOCCER TO CLOSE EXHIBITION SLATE HOSTING SONOMA STATE TUESDAY
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Coming off a highly competitive first exhibition test vs. Stanford on Saturday, the Sacramento State men's soccer team will play its final exhibition match when it hosts Sonoma State at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Hornet Field.
General admission tickets for Tuesday's contest are just $5 with free admission for youth 12 and under and for fans 65 and over. The ticket booth at Hornet Field will open one hour prior to match time while fans can also purchase tickets in advance HERE.
"Our legs are still going to be a little bit heavy and we open up the regular season on Friday (at San Jose State), so Tuesday we're going to give everybody a look," Sacramento State head coach Michael Linenberger said after the Stanford match. "We have to save legs and still give everybody a look so we'll treat it similar to (the Stanford game)."
Linenberger played his entire starting lineup for the duration of the first half against the Cardinal in which the teams played a scoreless 45 minutes. Stanford took control of the match at the onset but the Hornets withstood the early pressure behind two saves from senior goalkeeper Cesar Castillo as the Cardinal attempted five of the first six shots of the contest.
Sacramento State had some quality scoring chances of its own, with senior Isaac Ikyurav forcing two saves from the Cardinal goalkeeper, as the teams played a very even opening period. The Cardinal held a slim 8-6 overall shot advantage and a 3-2 edge in shots on goal while the Hornets had four corner kicks to just one of the visitors, who are ranked 20th in the preseason Top Drawer Soccer rankings.
Nine Hornet reserves saw action in the second half, including goalkeepers James Del Curto and Teddy Sampson. Stanford scored two early goals in the half but was held off the scoreboard for the final 35 minutes of the contest. Linenberger noted some issues with nerves and speed of play in the second half but saw a lot of positives in the first competitive action of the season for his young team that includes 14 newcomers for the 2013 season.
Sonoma State also faced Stanford in its first exhibition game last Wednesday and battled the Cardinal in a 1-0 defeat in Palo Alto. Stanford had a massive 22-3 shot advantage but Seawolve senior goalkeeper Beau Diaz made nine saves to keep his team close. Sonoma State managed just one shot on goal for the match and allowed 15 Stanford corner kicks.
The Div. II Seawolves were picked to win the North Division of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) in the preseason coaches' poll as they return eight starters and 17 letter winners in 2013.