SACRAMENTO, Calif. - After starting the season 2-0 with back-to-back wins on the road last weekend, Sacramento State men's soccer returns to Hornet Field this weekend for their home opener against #25 Air Force on Friday night. They'll then host CSU Bakersfield as a part of a men's and women's doubleheader on Sunday.
How To Watch
Sunday's match against CSU Bakersfield is also Sacramento State's Kids Day at Hornet Field! All fans 12 and under are free at both ends of Sunday's mens/women's soccer doubleheader. Free team posters will be given away at the start of each match and both teams will be signing autogrpahs after its respective game.
A full week of soccer starts tomorrow and ends with KIDS DAY with @sacstatewsoccer and @sacstatemsoccer on Sunday!— Hornet Athletics (@hornetsports) September 4, 2019
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About Last Week
Sacramento State got off to a hot start to the 2019 season, opening the year with back-to-back road wins at both San Jose State and at Gonzaga.
The Hornets scored twice at San Jose State, including a goal by each Oscar Govea and Genaro Alfaro. Govea's game-winner came in the 30th minute and Alfaro doubled the lead with his first career score in the 33rd. Ryan Curtis recorded the shutout, making eight saves in the win.
At Gonzaga, it was again Govea putting the Hornets ahead with an early strike, this in the 7th minute. After the Bulldogs tied the match, Matt Carnefix came through with the game-winner in the 71st.
Sacramento State's 2-0 start to the 2019 season is its first such start since going 2-0 to open the 2008 season.
Goal of the Season
Oscar Govea's go-ahead strike in Sacramento State's win at Gonzaga became an instant contender for the soccer goal of the year at any level. The sophomore midfielder chested a loose ball out of the air before volleying a perfect strike into the top left corner from the top of the 18. The video of the goal has been viewed over 25,000 times as of the time of this writing.
Shutout for Curtis
Sacramento State's season-opening 2-0 win at San Jose State was the first shutout of the year for sophomore keeper Ryan Curtis. Last season as a freshman, Curtis recorded one shutout in 11 games (10 starts).
Air Force, which comes into the weekend ranked #25, is the first of three or four potential matchups against ranked opponents this season.
In addition to Air Force, the Hornets have Indiana and Saint Mary's on the schedule. Indiana is currently ranked #2 while the Gaels are #8. UC Irvine was ranked preseason #25 and is currently receiving votes.
Sacramento State's last win against a top-25 team came during the 2016 season when the Hornets defeated #15 Utah Valley on the road. The Hornet's highest-ranked win was at home against #10 UC Irvine during the team's 2010 championship season.
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