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MEN’S SOCCER EDGED BY CSUN IN DEFENSIVE BATTLE, 1-0

MEN’S SOCCER EDGED BY CSUN IN DEFENSIVE BATTLE, 1-0

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – In a defensive struggle in which the two teams combined for just six shots on goal, CSUN scored the only goal of the game in the 82nd minute off a throw-in for a 1-0 win over Sacramento State on Saturday night.

The loss ended a five-game unbeaten streak for Sacramento State (5-4-2, 1-1-0 Big West). After winning by a 2-1 margin on a pair of made penalty kicks on Thursday night, CSUN (5-4-1, 2-0-0 Big West) stayed undefeated in league play while recording its first shutout of the season.

The Matadors were credited with just two shots on goal in the game. The first was in the 22nd minute on a near goal that was cleared off the line by the Hornet defense. The second was the game winner in the 82nd minute, as a long thrown in from Gabe Robinson was headed off the post and in the Hornet goal by Patrick Hickman.

Sacramento State had plenty of good chances in the contest but was unable to beat goalkeeper Kevin Marquez, who finished with four saves.

The Hornets had a 2-v-1 break on goal in the 59th minute but sophomore Brad Bumgarner's shot missed just wide. In the 61st minute, senior Nate Nugen put a rocket on goal but Marquez made his best save of the night pushing the shot off the crossbar and out.

CSUN had a slim 12-11 shot advantage overall. Both teams placed just one shot on goal in the scoreless first half and the Matadors scored on their only shot on goal of the second half. Corners were even, 3-3, as were fouls, 12-12.

Bumgarner, Nugen, senior Ivan Ramirez, and senior Alex Bettencourt each had two shots in the contest. CSUN's Bar Shem Tov had a game-high three shots but no player from either team put more than one shot on goal.

After picking up three points with a 2-1 win on Thursday night at UC Irvine in the Big West opener, the Hornets return home for their first Big West home matches next week. Sacramento State will host Cal State Fullerton at 4 p.m. Thursday as well as UC Riverside at 3 p.m. next Saturday.