MEN’S SOCCER SCORES TWICE BUT FALLS AT CAL POLY 4-2
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Sacramento State got goals from freshman Andrew Gosselin and sophomore Edwin Luna, but Cal Poly, which entered the game leading the NCAA in goals this season, tallied four scores in a 4-2 win Saturday night in San Luis Obispo.
Cal Poly (10-6-2, 3-3-2 Big West) won its sixth home match of the season and moved to 11 points in Big West play to clinch a berth in the conference tournament. Sacramento State (3-10-3, 1-7-0 Big West) remains mathematically alive for a postseason berth but will need to win each of its two remaining matches and have UC Davis tie or lose to Cal Poly on Wednesday.
The Mustangs had all the early offence and found a goal in the 22nd minute. A cross from the left side by freshman Ari Lassiter found teammate George Malki four yards from the Hornet goal for a finish to give Cal Poly the lead.
Sacramento State had a couple of quick shots in the ensuing minutes but could not put a try on frame until evening the score off a set piece. Cal Poly committed a foul to the side of their box leading to a free kick in the 35th minute from Luna, who sent a ball into the box and found Gosselin for a redirect inside the left post and his second career goal.
Cal Poly regained the lead early in the second half in the 58th minute as a cross by Lassiter was intercepted on a sliding play by Hornet defender Mason McCann but the redirect found the Sacramento State goal to put the Mustangs up 2-1. Six minutes later the home team took a 3-1 lead when senior Mackenzie Pridham tallied his 13th goal of the season on a shot to the far post from 10 yards out.
Luna brought the Hornets back within one score in the 69th minute. Freshman Preston Davis sent a lead pass from midfield that found Luna in stride before the sophomore fired a shot past goalkeeper Wade Hamilton to make the score 3-2.
The Hornets tried to net an equalizer but could not record a shot over the final 21 minutes of regulation. Cal Poly would add a goal by senior Kevin Atkins with 38 seconds to play to bring the final tally to 4-2.
Cal Poly had a 19-11 edge in shots for the match and had an 11-3 advantage in shots on goal as Hornet senior goalkeeper Cesar Castillo made seven saves. There were only four total corner kicks in the match, with Cal Poly taking three of them.
The two goals scored by the Hornets gave Sacramento State it first multi-goal match of the season and its first since a 3-2 win at Cal Poly on Oct. 27 of last season. The Hornets have scored five goals in their last four matches after tallying just six goals through their first 12 games of the year.
Sacramento State ends the regular season with two home matches next week, hosting UC Santa Barbara at 2 p.m. Wednesday and UC Davis at 2 p.m. Saturday.