SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Sacramento State sophomore midfielder Edwin Luna scored his first collegiate goal but San Diego put home a winner in the 74th minute to score a 2-1 win over the Hornets on Sunday afternoon.
"It was a disappointing weekend coming away with two losses, but I was relatively pleased with today's effort and performance," Sacramento State head coach Michael Linenberger said. "I thought it was a game that could have gone either way so I was pleased with how we bounced back after a very disappointing effort and performance on Friday. We created chances and scored a goal, which was important for us."
Sacramento State (1-3-3) had a 9-6 shot advantage in the first half and was only outshot 16-14 for the match, but San Diego (3-3-1) had an 11-6 edge in shots on goal with seven corner kicks. Senior goalkeeper Cesar Castillo made nine saves in the match and now leads the Big West in saves this season with 43.
The Toreros had the early pressure as Castillo had to make two saves in the first 15 minutes. San Diego got on the board in the 20th minute, when a cross by Torrey Dearmas was fired in from 15 yards by Elijah Galbraith-Knapp.
Sacramento State went on the attack, and junior Chimdum Mez nearly had a goal on a one-on-one try that was denied by goalkeeper Michael D'Arrigo in the 24th minute. The Hornets found the equalizer in the 33rd minute as Mez sent a feed up the middle of the field to Luna, who dribbled around a Torero defender and beat D'Arrigo to the far corner to level the match at 1-1.
"It was important for him," said Linenberger of Luna's goal. "It was kind of weighing on him so getting that first goal will be good for his confidence. Hopefully that will allow him to relax a little bit and just enjoy the game, so I'm very happy for him to get the goal today."
The teams exchanged quality scoring tries into the middle stages of the second half before San Diego netted the winner. In the 74th minute, Dearmas sent a low rolling shot from 15 yards out that bounced into the far corner of the Hornet net as the Toreros took a 2-1 lead.
San Diego nearly had a third goal in the 79th minute but Castillo made a brilliant save on a point-blank header try to keep his team's deficit at one. A corner kick in the 85th minute proved to be the final scoring opportunity for the Hornets as USD held on for the win.
Senior Gabe Silveira led the Hornets with six shots while Mez had four, with each placing two tries on goal. Sacramento State played the match without starting forward Isaac Ikyurav after the senior was issued a red card on Friday.
The Hornets will play their final non-conference match of the season at 7 p.m. Saturday at UNLV.