SAN DIEGO, Calif. - San Diego scored once in the first half and twice more in the second half and permitted just two Hornet shots on goal in a 3-0 win on Sunday in San Diego.
Sacramento State (1-3-0) was coming off a 1-0 shutout victory over Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles on Friday, falling short to a team from San Diego (2-1-2) that was picked to finish second and earned first place votes in the preseason West Coast Conference poll.
The Toreros took an early lead in the seventh minute when Miguel Berry headed home a cross from teammate Ryan Camara. USD then lost its starting goalkeeper, Thomas Olson, to a red card less than seven minutes later.
Backup keeper Connor Hountalas made two saves in the first half, stopping a pair of shots from Hornet senior Ivan Ramirez in the 31st and 36th minutes. Both teams were credited with just three shots in the first half with the Toreros scoring on their only shot on goal.
In the second half, San Diego doubled its lead in the 71st minute when Michael Turner converted a penalty kick after a Hornet red card. Less than three minutes later the home team scored again as Djordje Babic finished a cross from Allen Luhrs.
Senior goalkeeper Philip Bru stopped the only other USD shot on goal in the second half. The Toreros had a 10-4 shot edge in the second period with the Hornets not being credited with any shots on frame.
Ramirez finished with three shots and junior Paul Geyer had two. Ramirez was the only player from either team that had multiple shots on goal in the game. Turner led the Toreros with five shots and Hountalas made two stops for the combined shutout.
After two road exhibition games and four straight road games to begin the regular season, Sacramento State will finally make its first appearance at Hornet Field on Thursday hosting Portland at 4:30 p.m.
The Hornets will play four straight home games with another contest against San Jose State next Sunday at noon. The game against the Spartans will open a home doubleheader with the Sacramento State women's soccer team, which will host Saint Mary's at 2:30.