STOCKTON, Calif. – Pacific scored late in the first half and twice more in the second half and limited the Hornets to just two shots on goal in a 3-0 win on Sunday night in Stockton.
Sacramento State (0-2-0) was playing in the second of four straight road games to open the season. Pacific (2-2-0) earned the win after being shut out by the Hornets, 1-0, in Sacramento last season.
Pacific had a 10-2 edge in shots in the first half. Junior James Del Curto made three fine saves in the period and also got some help from the framework in the 24th minute when Antony Orendain hit the post.
The Tigers got the only goal of the period in the 41st minute. Wouter Verstraaten played a short ball to Julio Cervantes and the Pacific forward took a shot that deflected off a Hornet defender and in.
The home team struck for two more goals in the second half. In the 78th minute John Rico-Cervantes headed a ball onto Camden Riley for a finish from in close. Pacific added a third score in the 87th minute when Tristan Blackmon sent a cross to Rico-Cervantes for a tap-in finish.
Seniors Javier Muñoz and Preston Davis put shots on goal but goalkeeper Curtis Goldsmith made two saves for the shutout. Muñoz also had a header try miss just high early in the first half. Junior goalkeeper Del Curto had three more saves in the second half to finish with six.
Sacramento State plays two more West Coast Conference teams on the road next week, facing Loyola Marymount on Friday and San Diego next Sunday.