FULLERTON, Calif. — The Sacramento State men's soccer team (6-5-1, 2-1-1) went up against a tough CSU Fullerton (7-5-1, 2-2) team in prime time on Saturday night and unfortunately came out on the wrong end of things, taking their first conference loss 3-1.
After coming away Thursday with a thrilling come-from-behind win over Riverside, the Hornets again found themselves trailing Saturday against the Titans. Fullerton scored twice in quick succession, going up 1-0 in the 33rd minute and extending the lead to two in the 40th minute. Fullerton's leading scorer, Ross McPhie, assisted on the first goal. He scored the second goal (unassisted), his sixth of the year.
The Titans added another goal in the second half as midfielder Rei Dorwart scored his first goal of the season. The Hornets found themselves trialing 3-0 with just 20 minutes remaining.
Although the comeback wasn't meant to be this time, Sacramento State was able to avoid the shutout, scoring their lone goal in the 73rd minute. Freshman Antonio Andres put the Hornets on the board with his first goal of the season. On the play, senior Elias Reiland was credited with the assist.
With the loss, the Hornets fall to 6-5-1 overall and 2-1-1 in Big West play. They are tied with UC Davis for second in the north division – both teams are 2-1-1 with seven points through four conference matches. Sacramento State will face UC Davis twice this year – their first match up is a week from tonight at Sacramento State.
The team's three-game road trip continues on Wednesday as they begin to head north to Cal Poly. The Hornets will take on the Cal Poly Mustangs (5-7, 1-3) on Wednesday, October 11 at 7:00 PM.