LOS ANGELES - Sacramento State opened a challenging weekend road trip through Southern California at LMU on Friday night. Despite a strong overall offensive performance, the Hornets fell to the Lions, 3-0.
With the loss, Sacramento State falls to 3-2-0 on the season. LMU, meanwhile, improves to 3-1 in 2019.
Sacramento State took a season-high 16 shots in the contest, matching LMU. Despite the new season-high mark, the Hornets placed just five of those shots on goal, compared to the Lions' nine.
LMU's keeper, Jacob Jackson, was able to save all five of the Hornets shots on goal, while his teammates managed to put three past Sacramento State's Ryan Curtis. Curtis did make six saves in the match, bringing his season total to 33 in five matches.
Benji Kikanovic led the Hornets attack, taking five of the team's 16 shots. He placed three of them on goal, but was unable to find the back of the net. Arath Chavez took three shots, while five others combined for eight more.
The Hornets took nine corners, three more than the Lions, but were unable to convert on them.
Midfielder Oscar Govea, who took one shot Friday night and leads the team in points so far this season, played a full 90 minutes in the effort, his first 90-minute performance of the year.
Sacramento State was shown two yellow cards - one to Tone Andres and another to Titus Washington - while the Lions received one.
Friday night's match was the first of two weekend contests in Southern California. The Hornets are off tomorrow before taking on the Toreros of San Diego on Sunday at 2 p.m. Details for Sunday's match, including links to live streams, stats, notes, and more, can be found online on the Sacramento State men's soccer schedule at HornetSports.com.