MEN’S SOCCER SHUT OUT BY CAL STATE FULLERTON 2-0
FULLERTON, Calif. – Cal State Fullerton scored twice within a five minute stretch in the first half and limited Sacramento State to just two shots on goal for the contest to record a 2-0 Big West victory on Sunday in Fullerton.
Cal State Fullerton recorded its third consecutive shutout to improve to 6-6-0 overall and 3-1-0 in conference play while the Hornets are now 0-4-0 in the Big West and 2-7-3 overall this season.
Sacramento State redshirt freshman Teddy Sampson made his first career start in goal for the Hornets and totaled four saves. The Titans held a slim 14-11 shot advantage for the match and totaled nine corner kicks while allowing six.
Both teams had some early pressure but neither side placed a shot on goal until the Titans scored in the 25th minute. A corner kick by junior Spencer Johnson was played to the near post and found teammate Garrett Losee for a deflection into the Hornet goal and a 1-0 Fullerton lead.
The home team added a second goal in the 30th minute as redshirt sophomore Dyllan Stevens took a pass from junior Ian Ramos and sent a shot from above the box that deflect off a Hornet defender and into the right side of the goal.
The Hornets had five shots in the first half but were unable to place one on goal, but in the second half the visitors were able to create more pressure. Senior Gabe Silveira put Sacramento State's first shot on target in the 50th minute but it was denied by goalkeeper Bryan Escalante.
Sacramento State had a pair of shots in deep that were both blocked by the Titan defense in the 56th minute. The Hornets kept their deficit at two and had a couple of header tries in the late stages of the second half but one went wide and one was rebuffed by Escalante as the Titans preserved the shutout.
Sunday's match ended interdivision Big West play, as the Hornets will now play six matches against their three Big West North Division foes. The first Big West North matchup comes Saturday at Hornet Field when Sacramento State hosts Cal Poly at 4 p.m.