HUGE SECOND HALF PUSHES RIVAL UC DAVIS PAST MEN'S SOCCER, 3-1, ON SATURDAY
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State men's soccer team took a 1-0 lead into halftime but rival UC Davis exploded for three scores in the second half and the Hornets lost, 3-1, to the Aggies on Saturday evening in front of a season-high 1,023 fans in a Big West Conference game at Hornet Field.
The Hornets (7-6-2, 4-2-1 Big West) went 4-0-1 in their first five Big West games and allowed just three goals in that span. In that last two games, including Saturday's contest versus the Aggies (7-5-4, 5-2), Sacramento State has surrendered five goals in two losses. With the win, UC Davis takes over first place in the Big West North Division standings from the Hornets, who slide to second in a tie with Cal Poly, which won 2-1 in overtime at UC Santa Barbara on Friday night.
The loss was just the Hornets' fourth over the last four seasons and second in conference play on the their home pitch. Sacramento State is 23-4-8 at Hornet Field since the start of the 2009 season.
Isaac Ikyurav put the Hornets up in the 40th minute, with his fourth goal of the season. Gabe Silveira found Ikyurav in the box on a cross and the junior forward fired it to the near post where it deflected up off the UC Davis keeper and into the top of the net. Ikyurav now has a team-best 12 points on the season, with four goals and four assists.
Sacramento State had a 6-4 advantage on shots at halftime, but the Hornets did not get another attempt in the final 45 minutes.
UC Davis scored three times in a 20 minute span in the second half and dominated possession throughout the second half. All three UC Davis goals came from players who entered the game without a score this season. Brian Ford scored the Aggies' first goal in the 60th minute before Eric Budniewski added the second in the 69th minute. John Joslin finished it off in the 79th minute with the third and final goal.
The Aggies had 16 shots and three corner kicks in the second half while the Hornets did not have a single shot or corner after halftime.
Sacramento State keeper Bryan Oliver made nine saves in the game but couldn't hold off the Aggies' offensive onslaught in the second half.
Sacramento State has a week off before visiting Cal Poly on Oct. 27. The Hornets and Mustangs played to a 1-1 draw earlier this season at Hornet Field.