DAVIS, Calif. — The Sacramento State men's soccer team (8-8-2, 4-4-2) headed to UC Davis (9-7-2, 6-2-1) Sunday afternoon with a chance at the No. 2 seed for the Big West conference tournament, but a tough 3-0 loss to the Aggies guarantees Sacramento State will start postseason play as the No. 3 seed.
The Hornets head to their second straight conference tournament and their third in the last four seasons. As the No. 3 seed, they'll start tournament play on Wednesday, Nov. 1 in Los Angeles against the South Division's CSUN (No. 2).
UC Davis, who finishes the regular season as the No. 1 seed, will get a first round bye and UC Santa Barbara, the No. 2 seed, will host UC Riverside. Cal State Fullerton has a first round bye as the South Division's No. 1 seed.
Sacramento State and UC Davis traded shots fairly evenly for the first 30 minutes of play. Christian Webb had a number of great crosses in the first half, but the Hornets were unable to convert. Davis broke through in the 37th minute, finding the back of the net after a Hornet turnover. Noah Wilson passed off to Miguel Acevedo whose shot deflected off the far post and bounced into the goal.
The second half started with more of the same, as Davis scored in the 49th minute and took control from there. They added their third goal eight minutes later to take the 3-0 advantage.
With the game seemingly out of reach, both teams turned to their benches to finish out the match, resting their starters before postseason play.
The Hornets finish the regular season 0-2 against their cross-town rivals, but 8-8-2 overall and 4-4-2 in conference. The eight wins are one shy of their 2016 total, but their 14 points in conference are their most since 2012 (5-4-1, 16 points).
The Big West conference tournament starts Wednesday, Nov. 1 (time TBD). The game can be seen live online at BigWest.TV.