MEN'S SOCCER DROPS SEASON OPENER TO PACIFIC, 2-0

MEN'S SOCCER DROPS SEASON OPENER TO PACIFIC, 2-0

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento State men's soccer team had more shot attempts and shots on goal but could not overcome an early deficit in a 2-0 loss to Pacific on Friday at Hornet Field. The game was the first for both teams this season.

Pacific stole momentum in the opening minutes when Tristan Blackmon one touched a cross from the left corner from Johnatan Rico-Contreras just 3:28 into the game.That score held through the first half and the Tigers were able to outshoot the Hornets, 6-3, in the opening 45 minutes.

Less than a minute into the second half, Pacific added an insurance goal. Blackmon gathered in a deflected ball and scored from just outside the 6-yard box. Sacramento State increased its offensive pressure for the remainder of the game, resulting in a 7-2 shot advantage in the second half. With 2:59 remaining in the game, the Hornets went up a man when Christian Aldama was sent off for a red card. That call halted a 3-on-1 breakaway for Sacramento State and left the team with a free kick from 35 yards.

Goalkeeper James Del Curto recorded two saves for the Hornets while Curtis Goldsmith had five for the Tigers.

The Hornets finished with a 10-8 lead in shots and had five on goal compared to four from Pacific. Justin Bedig had three shots, including one on frame, to lead the team.

Sacramento State will have a week before it returns to action against CSU Bakersfield on Friday, Sept. 1. The game will start at 5 p.m. and will follow the women's team which hosts UNLV at 2:30 p.m.