MEN’S SOCCER CONTROLS PLAY BUT DRAWS WITH PACIFIC 0-0 IN EXHIBITION
STOCKTON, Calif. – Sacramento State created numerous opportunities throughout the contest, particularly in the second half and in overtime, but Pacific goalkeeper Josh Adachi made eight stops with some highlight reel saves to keep the Hornets at bay in a 0-0 double-overtime tie.
The match was the lone exhibition game for the Hornets, who will open the regular season next Sunday, Aug. 31, at Temple. Pacific, which men's soccer program has been resurrected this year after having been dormant since 1985, played its second exhibition game after a 2-1 double-overtime win over Dominican on Wednesday.
Sacramento State had a 6-3 shot advantage in the first half but was able to place just one try on goal. The Tigers also had just one shot on goal in the first half which was easily turned aside by Sacramento State redshirt freshman James Del Curto.
The Hornets extended their offensive push in the second half and freshman Cylus Sandoval had a near goal in the 63rd minute blocked on the goal line by Pacific defender Andrew Platon. Three minutes later freshman Devante Raynor had a point blank shot stopped on a diving save by Adachi.
Redshirt sophomore Hornet goalkeeper Philip Bru played the second half and made a fine stop on a try by Pacific's Richie Lee in the 71st minute. The Hornets had two good looks off corner kicks over the remainder of the second half, but header attempts by Sandoval and senior Cody Hoster could not find the net.
After a scoreless first overtime in which only one shot was attempted, Hornet senior Chimdum Mez looked to have the game winner with a point blank shot on goal in the 106th minute but Adachi made a brilliant leaping save to push the ball over the crossbar. Pacific then almost had a game winner on a close try by Gaku Lange in the 107th minute but Sacramento State sophomore Teddy Sampson made a diving save to keep the game scoreless.
All three goalkeepers on the Hornet roster saw game action and each made at least one save. Sacramento State had a 16-10 overall edge in shots and was 8-4 in shots on goal. Sandoval led the Hornets with three shots, placing two on goal, as 10 Sacramento State players recorded shots in the game. Twenty Hornets saw playing time in the team's only exhibition contest.
After the season opener at Temple next Sunday, Sacramento State will play its next seven matches at home.