BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Junior Paul Geyer scored the first Hornet goal of the season but CSU Bakersfield took a 2-0 lead less than 11 minutes into the game and earned a 3-1 win on Friday night in Bakersfield in both teams' 2016 regular season opener.
The Hornets outshot the Roadrunners 13-6 and were 5-4 in shots on goal for the game. Sacramento State also had a 10-4 advantage in corner kicks and controlled play consistently, but the problem was that CSUB scored on each of its first three shots on goal of the game. The two quick scores put the Hornets in an early hole and, after Guyer made it 2-1, earned that goal right back only three minutes later.
Sacramento State dominated possession for the last 30 minutes of the first half but the Roadrunners had already taken the early lead. The scoring started just four minutes and 40 seconds into the contest as Hugo Vinales sent a through ball from near midfield and Louis Lapouge had a run into the box and finished to the far upper corner from 15 yards out.
Just over six minutes later CSU Bakersfield doubled its lead. Lapouge and Jamie Carey-Morrell connected passes and found Julian Zamora at the top of the box for a short dribble and low blast inside the near post.
The Hornets outshot the Roadrunners 7-2 for the remainder of the first half and totaled four corner kicks. Brad Bumgarner missed just wide on a good look and Nicolas Clever made three saves to maintain his team's 2-0 lead into the break.
Senior Alex Bettencourt missed just wide one minute into the second half before Geyer's goal in the 57th minute. Off a failed clearance by CSUB, Hornet senior Ivan Ramirez chipped a ball into the box that was headed down by a Roadrunner defender but came right to Geyer for a finish in close.
Three minutes later Zamora scored again, taking a pass from Vinales and putting a shot home to the lower right corner. Junior James Del Curto made a great save on a Daniel Dreier shot from a few feet out in the 67th minute but the CSUB lead was enough.
A year after tallying six assists, tied for the fifth most assists in a season in program history, Ramirez got his first assist of 2016 in the first game of the year. Zamora's two goals came after he led the Roadrunners with eight goals last season.
Sacramento State doesn't play its second game of the year until a week from Sunday (Sept. 4) when the team will face Pacific at 7:00 p.m. in Stockton.