SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Santa Clara scored a pair of goals over a seven minute stretch in the first half before Sacramento State blanked the Broncos over the last 63 minutes of play in a 2-0 final Saturday night in an exhibition.
Santa Clara, an NCAA Tournament team last season that received votes in the NSCAA Preseason Top-25 poll, had a 10-1 shot advantage in the first half but the Hornets were 5-4 in shots in the second half. Sacramento State also had the only shot on goal in the second half after putting one try on goal in the first half.
Junior forward Carlos Delgadillo, who led the West Coast Conference with 10 goals last season, scored both goals for the Broncos on Saturday. He got the home team on the board in the 20th minute, taking a through ball from Andres Jimenez with a touch around Hornet goalkeeper Philip Bru.
In the 27th minute, a Jimenez corner kick was headed into the box by Parker Holland to the feet of Delgadillo for his second score of the game. Junior Cylus Sandoval had the first Hornet shot on goal just a few seconds later but was denied by Santa Clara goalkeeper Dakota Havlick.
The Broncos had a 9-1 edge in corner kicks in the first half but were permitted just two in the second half when the Hornets had six. Neither team had a shot on goal through the first 39 minutes of the second half with senior Bert Corona recording the only shot on frame in the 84th minute.
Bru finished with two saves for Sacramento State and was the only Hornet to play all 90 minutes. Corona and junior Trevor Jackson each had two shots to lead the team.
Santa Clara used two keepers in the game with both making one save while Delgadillo led all players with four shots in the game.
The Hornets open the regular season on Friday, traveling to CSU Bakersfield for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.