SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State heads back on the road for a two-match trip through Southern California. The Hornets, who are off to one of their best starts in program history, will take on LMU on Friday night before going against San Diego on Sunday afternoon.
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About Last Week
Sacramento State split two matches last weekend, going 1-1 against the nationally-ranked Air Force Falcons and CSU Bakersfield.
The Hornets opened with an exciting, 2-0 shutout win over #25 Air Force, the team's second shutout of the season. Arath Chavez scored what proved to be the game-winning goal, taking advantage of an Air Force misplay on defense, before Christian Guzman put the match away with a second-half score.
It was a different story on Sunday as the Hornets and Roadrunners engaged in a physical and emotional battle that went CSUB's way, 5-2. The match saw 35 total fouls, including 11 cards
Sacramento State's 3-0 open to the 2019 season was its best in the Div. I era of men's soccer at Sacramento State and the first such start under head coach Mike Linenberger.
The last time the Hornets were 3-1 over their first four matches was in 2011, the program's final season in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
Sacramento State's 2-0 shutout win over #25 Air Force last Friday was its first win over a ranked team since 2016 when the team defeated #15 Utah Valley at home, 3-2.
The shutout was the program's first since holding #12 UC Santa Barbara scoreless in a 0-0 draw at the end of the 2013 season. It was Sacramento State's first shutout victory against a ranked opponent since a 1-0 overtime win at #19 LMU in 2011.
More Ranked Opponents
As of the week of Sept. 9, Sacramento State has #4 Indiana (1), #7 Saint Mary's, and #23 Cal State Fullerton on its schedule. CSUN, UC Davis, and this weekend's opponent, San Diego, are all currently receiving votes for the top 25.
Sharing the Scoring
Seven different Hornets have found the back of the net for Sacramento State through the schedule's first four matches. Sophomore midfielder Oscar Govea is the only player to have scored twice, scoring a goal in each of the first two matches.
Last season, just eight different Hornets scored a goal over the course of the entire 17-game schedule.
Success On The Road
It is still early, but Sacramento State is undefeated on the road in two tries, coming up with wins at both San Jose State and at Gonzaga to start the year. Last season, the Hornets finished 2-5-2 on the road, including a draw at #22 Portland to start the year.
Showing All The Cards
Sacramento State saw eight total yellow cards in last Sunday's match against CSU Bakersfield, including two for junior defender Tyler Moss. Bakersfield was shown three yellows in the match and the two teams combined for 35 total fouls.
More Against the WCC
Six of Sacramento State's 11 non-conference matches this season are against teams from the WCC, including both of this weekend's opponents - LMU and San Diego. The Hornets are 1-0 against the WCC so far this year, netting a 2-1 win on the road at Gonzaga in the season's opening weekend.
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