SACRAMENTO, Calif. – UC Riverside scored a goal in each half and limited Sacramento State to just two shots on goal for a 2-0 win on Saturday at Hornet Field.
Sacramento State (6-5-1, 2-2-0 Big West) lost for the first time in six home matches this season. The Hornets outshot the highlanders 15-8 but were able to place just two shots on goal as UC Riverside (8-4-1, 3-0-1) remained undefeated in Big West play.
The game was scoreless into the 44th minute, when UC Riverside's Tyler Miguel headed home a cross from teammate Raul Guerrero from 10 yards out. The Hornets had a 9-4 shot advantage in the first half but their only shot on goal was stopped.
Sacramento State continued to create good scoring chances in the second half but couldn't find a goal. Senior Nate Nugen had a sliding redirect in the goal mouth in the 73rd minute but was stop by UCR goalkeeper Vincent Morales.
The Highlanders had already moved to a 2-0 lead in the 65th minute. Eduardo Sanchez headed a high ball into the Hornet box over goalkeeper James Del Curto, then headed it again to teammate Emilio Huerta who was able to finish low past the Hornet defense.
Del Curto finished with two saves as the Highlanders had a 4-2 advantage in shots on goal despite just eight shots in the game overall. The Hornets were playing without senior Ivan Ramirez, who had to sit after a red card on Thursday, and lost sophomore forward Brad Bumgarner to injury in the first half.
Nugen led the Hornets with four shots and Bumgarner had three. Sacramento State had a 7-0 edge in corner kicks until the Highlanders earned their only corner kick of the game in the final minutes.
Sacramento State begins Big West north division play on Wednesday night at UC Santa Barbara.