MEN’S SOCCER HEADS SOUTH FOR CHALLENGING WEST COAST WEEKEND
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento State men's soccer team (1-1-3) continues play against teams from the West Coast Conference (WCC) this weekend when it plays at Loyola Marymount (3-1-0) at 4 p.m. Friday and San Diego (1-3-1) at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Both matches will have free live video streams available via the above link and the men's soccer schedule page.
"They are both very good opponents," Sacramento State had coach Michael Linenberger said. "Both teams work hard; they are strong and physical teams that have all the elements, and that's what we're going to face in the Big West. Its' going to be a tough weekend and we will have our hands full, but we're excited."
Facing the Lions and Toreros in hostile environments will help prepare the Hornets for the forthcoming Big West season, which starts in just two weeks.
"We have a little bit of history with LMU, including in the NCAA Tournament, and we've built up a bit of a rivalry with them," Linenberger said. "We've had the better of them in recent years, but that's going to be a tough game.
"USD had a phenomenal year last year going to the Elite 8. They lost some players from that team but they're still a very good team with a lot of international players. In their last game against UCLA they lost in overtime on an own-goal while missing some of their top players, so they will be a big challenge."
Sacramento State has played in three consecutive ties as four of the Hornets' five matches this season have gone to double overtime. Through five matches the squad has played 72 minutes and 30 seconds of overtime soccer, nearly the equivalent of a whole extra match. Despite all of the extra time, the Hornets have allowed only two total overtime shots on goal.
Going 1-0-3 in the four overtime contests has extended the Hornets overtime-unbeaten streak to 24 matches. The squad has gone 10-0-14 in overtime since the first match of 2010, a string of 64 consecutive matches without an overtime loss. Going back further, the team has just one overtime loss since 2008.
The Hornets have not scored more than one goal in a match this season but rank second in the conference with 16.8 shots per game. The team has placed a respectable 6.8 shots per game on goal, but is tied for last in the conference with three total goals this season. The Hornet defense and senior goalkeeper Cesar Castillo have been spectacular, having allowed just five goals this season with Castillo ranking second in the conference with 27 saves.
Loyola Marymount has allowed only three goals in four matches with wins over Florida International, Cal State Fullerton, and Colgate. The Lions have scored six goals this season from six different players while six players also have an assist. Sacramento State is 8-2-1 all-time vs. LMU, including a 2-1 overtime win in the 2009 NCAA Tournament, and has not lost to the Lions since 2002.
San Diego began the season ranked No. 16 in the NSCAA poll after its Elite 8 appearance last season, but the Toreros have stumbled to a 1-3-1 start to the year. The team has faced some strong competition, including ranked teams Cal State Northridge and UCLA, but has allowed 12 goals in just five matches. The Toreros, who host UC Davis on Friday, lost 2-1 at Sacramento State last season in what was the first matchup between the schools since 1999.