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MEN’S SOCCER RIDES EARLY GOAL TO 1-0 WIN AT LOYOLA MARYMOUNT

MEN’S SOCCER RIDES EARLY GOAL TO 1-0 WIN AT LOYOLA MARYMOUNT

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Senior Alex Bettencourt scored just three minutes and two seconds into the game and James Del Curto made seven saves for a 1-0 victory over Loyola Marymount Friday night.

Sacramento State (1-2-0) picked up its first win and first shutout of the season, holding the Lions to only two shots on goal in the second half. Loyola Marymount (2-3-0) had been 2-0 at home this season and 19-6-2 on its home field over the last four seasons.

Bettencourt, a senior transfer from Modesto Junior College, scored his first goal as a Hornet on the first shot of the game. The Hornets played a ball from the sideline to sophomore Brad Bumgarner, who made a touch to the top of the 18-yard box for Bettencourt to blast home to the top right corner of the LMU goal.

The Lions put five shots on goal in the first half but Del Curto was up to the task. The Hornet defensive effort was even better in the second half, holding LMU without a shot on goal over the first 41 minutes of the second period.

In the 86th minute the Hornets were whistled for a foul just outside the box, and the LMU free kick from Alvaro Madrigal hit the crossbar. Del Curto made a save on a close try in the 87th minute, and in the final 10 seconds the Lions created a mad scramble in the goal box but Del Curto got on top of a shot from Antonio Porreco to run out the clock.

Sacramento State placed five shots on goal in the game and came close to a second goal on a Nate Nugen shot that was cleared off the line in the 70th minute. LMU had a 16-9 overall shot advantage while the foul and corner counts were both even.

Nugen led the Hornets with four shots and put two on goal. Bettencourt also had two shots on goal playing 82 minutes on the front line. Madrigal had five shots with two on target.

The Hornets conclude their season-opening, four game road trip at San Diego on Sunday at 1 p.m.