SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State closes out the regular season this Saturday with a Causeway Classic matchup at UC Davis. The match is not a must-win for the Hornets, but a win or draw will guarantee Sacramento State a spot in the 2019 Big West conference tournament. Kickoff on Saturday is scheduled for 3 p.m. PT.
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About Last Week
Sacramento State went 1-1 last week, falling at home to Cal Poly before picking up a must-win match at UC Riverside in overtime.
The Hornets opened the week with a tough 1-0 loss at home to the Cal Poly Mustangs. Cal Poly scored the game-winner in the 69th minute and managed to shutout the Hornets, who took seven shots.
Sacramento State bounced back with a must-have win on the road at UC Riverside, defeating the Highlanders 2-1 in overtime. Matt Carnefix put the Hornets on the board with a successful penalty kick in the 34th minute and Genaro Alfaro delivered the golden goal game-winner in the 96th.
Postseason Up For Grabs
Entering the final weekend of the regular season, all eight Big West teams still have a chance at clinching a spot in the postseason.
Sacramento State can clinch the tournament four seed and host a first round match with a win and help from around the conference. A win or a draw will guarantee the Hornets a spot in the 2019 Big West conference tournament. A loss on Saturday will not eliminate the Hornets, but they will need help from around the conference.
Saturday's match was Sacramento State's sixth to go to overtime this year. In those six matches, the Hornets are 2-2-2, including last Saturday's 2-1 (OT) win at UC Riverside. Both of Sacramento State's overtime wins have come on the road this season - at UC Riverside, also at CSUN (2-1, OT).
The Hornets did not play a single overtime match in any of their first seven games of the year. In their last 10, six have gone to overtime.
Green and Golden Goal
Genaro Alfaro scored Sacramento State's second golden goal of the year in last Saturday's 2-1 overtime win at UC Riverside. The first came on a strike by Benji Kikanovic, also a 2-1 overtime golden goal, on Oct. 16 at CSUN. For Alfaro, the goal was his second of the season.
Saturday's golden goal at UC Riverside was Genaro Alfaro's first game-winning goal of the season. With the score, he became the sixth different Hornet to score a game-winning goal this season. He joined Oscar Govea (2), Arath Chavez (2), Matt Carnefix (1), Benji Kikanovic (1), and Titus Washington (1).
Success on the Road
Sacramento State closes out the season on the road with Saturday's match at UC Davis. The match is the Hornets' 10th on the road. Entering the weekend, Sacramento State is 5-4 when playing away from Hornet Field.
In their previous nine road games, the Hornets average just over a goal per game while taking over 10 shots per contest.
The trio of Oscar Govea (four goals, four assists), Matt Carnefix (four goals, three assists), and Benji Kikanovic (four goals, one assist) have each scored four goals this season, combining for more than half of the team's total goals scored (23).
The last time the Hornets had a trio each with four goals came in 2017 (former Hornets Christian Webb, Dominic Scotti, and Trevor Jackson).
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