SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento State was ranked seventh in the latest United Soccer Coaches weekly Far West Region poll.
The ranking is the team's first this year and comes after a succesful weekend in which the Hornets went 1-0-1 at home. On Thursday, the Hornets scored four times - including a hat trick from Benji Kikanovic - in a 4-2 over San Francisco. Three days later, the Hornets battled to a 1-1 draw with Pacific.
FAR WEST REGION: Weekly Poll - Sept. 23
The 7th-ranked Hornets are one of four Big West teams to find themselves among the top 10 in the Far West Region this week. Joining the Hornets are Cal State Fullerton (No. 3), UC Riverside (4), and UC Santa Barbara (5). In addition to the Big West, the Far West Region also includes the Pac-12 and Western Athletic Conference.
The regional ranking is the team's first since being ranked ninth in the Far West since August of last season. The team appeared in the region's top 10 twice in 2017, moving as high as seventh.
Sacramento State has a major win this season over #25 Air Force, 2-0, and handed the previously undefeated San Diego Toreros their first loss of the year, 2-1, in San Diego.
The schedule doesn't get any easier for the Hornets as they begin what is likely the most challenging weekend in all of college soccer. Sacramento State will fly east to take on College Soccer News' #5 Indiana on Friday before returning to California to play at #3 Saint Mary's on Sunday.
The full Sacramento State men's soccer schedule, including game times, notes, video links, and more, can be found online at HornetSports.com.