SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento State men's soccer team wrapped up its exhibition season with a frantic comeback attempt, but fell short in a 3-2 loss to San Francisco on Sunday afternoon at Hornet Field.
The Hornets outshot the Dons 16-5 and had numerous scoring opportunities but could not take the lead in the second of two preseason games. Sacramento State will begin the regular season on Friday, Aug. 25, against Pacific.
"I thought there were some good things that came out of the game, some things we did a lot better than we did against Santa Clara on Thursday," Sacramento State head coach Michael Linenberger said. "I thought our possession overall was better. I thought we created a lot more chances and were able to score two goals but I thought we should have scored a couple of other goals. I actually thought we defended pretty well even though we allowed three. Two of the goals came from bad mistakes off turnovers in the wrong area of the field so we took a step backward with costly mistakes."
USF scored the only goal of the first half when Bryce Kaminski slid a ball under the legs of a sliding James Del Curto. Sacramento State had two prime scoring opportunities in the first 45 minutes but narrowly missed both to the left side of the goal.
The Dons started the second half with an unassisted goal from Aaron Lombardi. The opportunity was created after a deflection in the middle of the 18-yard box and the ball eventually found Lombardi who was able to convert.
Less than four minutes later Sacramento State got on the board when Cylus Sandoval headed in a corner kick from Justin Bedig. The initial ball sailed over the hands of the USF keeper and connected with Sandoval on the back side.
The fast-paced scoring continued when Leon Schwarzer extended San Francisco's lead to 3-1 with a goal at 55:15. Sean Bowman and Kaminski each had key passes during the sequence to set Schwarzer up in the middle of the box.
The final goal of the game came from freshman RJ Moorhouse in the 67th minute. Moorhouse caught the defense off guard and hit a strike from nearly 30 yards out to pull the Hornets within one. The shot came from the left side of the field and buried in the upper right corner of the goal.
Sacramento State kept the pressure on for the remaining 23 minutes of the game, creating several chances for a game-tying goal but came away empty handed.
Like the exhibition win over Santa Clara, both teams used numerous substitutions in the final tuneup. USF played 21 players while the Hornets put 18 men into the game.
"We were able to get a lot of guys valuable minutes," Linenberger explained. "It was good that in the first game we had to learn to close a game out when we're winning and in this game we had to chase so they were both good experiences for us."
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