SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Midfielder Gabe Silveira scored just 36 seconds into the game and the Sacramento State men's soccer team cruised to a 2-0 win over Seattle on Wednesday evening at Hornet Field.
The Hornets (2-1-1) tallied their second straight shutout after blanking No. 18 ranked Saint Mary's on Sunday in a scoreless draw. The Redhawks (1-2) have lost two straight road games since winning their season and home opener against Big West Conference member Cal Poly.
The Hornets did not score a first half goal in their first three games of 2012 but jumped on the board early - very early - against the Redhawks. Just 36 seconds into the game, Chris Sandoval and Alex Lopez sent one-touch passes through the defense to a sprinting Silveira, who fired a shot to the far post for an incredible goal.
Sacramento State scored again in the first half, this time as time was winding down in the period. In the 44th minute, Cesar Mendoza sent a ball down the right side line where Isaac Ikyurav collected the ball. Ikyurav used a sudden dribble to beat a defender in the box and crossed the ball in front of the keeper to Flores at the back post, who scored on an uncontested, point-blank shot.
Seattle put a shot off the post in the first half and forced Sacramento State keeper Bryan Oliver to make a four total saves in the game but could not find the back of the net. Since taking over at goalie following the Hornets' 4-0 season-opening loss at Oregon State, Oliver has allowed just one goal in three starts. He has a stearling 0.31 goals against average and 14 saves in a little under 292 minutes played.
Oliver's counterpart, Seattle keeper Jake Feener, allowed two goals but made nine saves.
Overall, the Hornets took a whopping 20 shots in the game and placed 11 on goal while Seattle put four of its 14 shot attempts on frame.
With the win on Wednesday night, the Hornets concluded a three-game homestand, in which they went 2-0-1. Up next for head coach Michael Linenberger's squad are the Dons with a road game at San Francisco.