SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State men's soccer season began Thursday evening with a preseason exhibition matchup against the Sonoma State Seawolves. Hornets newcomer Titus Washington scored twice in his Sacramento State debut, helping lift the Hornets to a 2-0 shutout win.
Coming off the bench for Sacramento State, Washington's first goal of the evening came in the 38th minute of play. The forward forced his way into the box and got a head on a loose ball, knocking it past the falling keeper for the game's first score.
Washington, a freshman, doubled the Hornets lead with his second goal in the 44th minute. After a short cross from Matthew Korpontinos on the right side of the box, Washington drilled one into the lower left corner for the game's second and final score.
In total, Washington took five shots, placing two of them on goal. He was matched by another newcomer, freshman Francisco Magana, who also took five shots in the win.
For Korpontinos, another newcomer, the assist was his first in a Hornets jersey.
As a team, the Hornets outshot Sonoma State, 13-10, though the Seawolves held the advantage in shots on target, 4-3.
All four of those shots were saved, however, as all three Hornets keepers saw action in goal on Thursday. Ryan Curtis opened the match in goal, making two saves in the first 30 minutes of the match. Logan Place played the next 30 and added a save while newcomer Hector Grajeda played the final 30, also recording one save.
On the backline, returning defenders Tone Andres and Luis Urias each piled up the minutes, helping anchor the defense against a Sonoma State attack that never took a break Thursday night.
The match was the first of two preseason tune-ups for the Hornets. Sacramento State will host Santa Clara on Sunday, August 25 at 5 p.m. for their second and final exhibition match of the year before opening the season on the road at San Jose State (Aug. 30).
Sunday's match will also follow Sacramento State women's soccer's home opener. The women will play Sunday at 1 p.m. as they welcome Cal Poly to Hornet Field for their first regular season home match of the year.
Details all on all upcoming games for both men's and women's soccer can be found by visiting the respective team schedule pages online at HornetSports.com.