SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Sacramento State closed out its weekend in Southern California with a thrilling 2-1 win over the San Diego Toreros. San Diego, which came into the match with a 5-0 record, was also receiving votes in the national polls.
With the win, Sacramento State improved to 4-2 on the season. The loss, San Diego's first, moved them to 5-1.
The win is Sacramento State's second against an opponent ranked among the top 25 or receiving votes this season, including the team's 2-0 win over then #25 Air Force. The Hornets could potentially face up to four more ranked opponents this season based on the current schedule.
The action started early on Sunday as Matt Carnefix put the Hornets ahead with a 5th-minute score, his second goal of the season. Oscar Govea, who leads the team in total points, recorded his third assist of the year on the play.
It didn't take long for the Toreros to answer, finding the equalizer on a free kick in the 30th minute. It was San Diego's Miguel Berry, who came into Sunday's contest with a team-leading five goals, who found the back of the net for the Toreros.
The match went into the half even at one and remained as such for much of the second half, as well. It wasn't until the 77th minute that Sacramento State freshman Titus Washington broke the tie with a game-winning header.
The goal was Washington's second of the season and came after a perfect placed cross from Tyler Moss, who recorded his second assist of the year.
In total, Sacramento State was outshot by San Diego, 16-11, though the Hornets were better in shots on goal, 7-5.
Hector Grajeda made his first start as a Hornet in goal on Sunday, making three saves and picking up his first win as a Hornet. One of them was a big save on a Toreros penalty kick in the 32nd minute. The match was tied, 1-1, at the time, and Grajeda's save kept it an even match.
Both teams saw two yellows in the match, with both Carnefix and Andres receiving one for the Hornets.
After two hard-fought matches on the road this weekend, Sacramento State will return to Hornet Field for back-to-back home matches beginning this Thursday, Sept. 19 against San Francisco.
Thursday's action is set to being at 4 p.m. Details on that game, including notes, links to live stats and video streams, and more, can be found online on the Sacramento State men's soccer schedule at HornetSports.com.