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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State men's soccer team will play a pair of former Mountain Pacific Sports Federation rivals this weekend as the Hornets visit CSU Bakersfield on Friday before playing host to San Jose State on Sunday.

The Hornets (2-2-1) will meet the Roadrunners (1-1-3) at 7 p.m. on Friday and play the Spartans (1-2) at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday in a doubleheader with women's soccer. The women's squad battles Penn at 1 p.m.

CSU Bakersfield will offer both LIVE STATS and LIVE VIDEO of the game on Friday night. For the home game on Sunday against SJSU, you can follow along via LIVE STATS and on twitter @hornetsports.

All members of the FC Elk Gove soccer club (12-and-under) will get in free to both the men's and women's game when wearing their jerseys while parents can buy two tickets for the price of one for the doubleheader. Please get to the field early, as a large crowd is expected.

Sacramento State went 2-0-1 on a homestand last week before losing at San Francisco, 2-1, on Sunday. Senior keeper Bryan Oliver has allowed just three goals in his four starts this year and sports a 0.71 goals against average with 19 saves on 50 shots faced. Chris Sandoval scored the Hornets' lone goal against the Dons and now has a team-high two scores in 2012. The Hornets have seen four different players score goals and five tally assists. As a team, Sacramento State has scored five goals on 69 shots while allowing opponents to record seven scores on 62 attempts.

CSU Bakersfield has just one win in five games this season, but its record is deceiving. The Roadrunners played to scoreless draws against UC Davis and No. 25 ranked Washington and tied previously top-25 Saint Mary's, 1-1. Their lone loss was 2-1 at Portland on Aug. 31 and they are coming off their lone win, 2-1, at Big West Conference member CSU Fullerton. Gyasi Zardes has a team-high 16 shots but he is one of four players with one goal to pace the 'Runners. Eric Shannon has played every minute of the season in goal and has a 0.71 GAA with 27 saves. As a team, CSU Bakersfield has tallied four goals on 84 shots while allowing four scores on 69 tries.

San Jose State has played just three games thus far in 2012 but will meet Stanford this week before visiting the Hornets. The Spartans opened the season with back-to-back losses (2-0 vs. San Francisco and 3-1 vs. Cal Poly) but rebounded with a 5-3 victory at Santa Clara last weekend. Jonathan Salceda and Dylan Murphy lead the team with two goals each while Salceda has a team-best two assists. Keeper Michael Schwinn has started all three games for the Spartans and has a 2.67 GAA with 14 saves. As a team, San Jose State has scored six goals on 26 shots while allowing eight goals on 39 attempts.

The last time the Hornets and CSU Bakersfield met was on Oct. 14, 2011 and the No. 19 ranked Roadrunners won at home, 4-0. Four different players scored for CSUB. The last meeting between the Hornets and San Jose State was in the quarterfinals of the MPSF Tournament last year and the Spartans emerged victorious, 4-2. Four different players scored for the Spartans in that game too.

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