SACRAMENTO — Behind goals early in the first half from sophomore Christian Webb, and early in the second half from senior Trevor Jackson, Sacramento State posted a 2-0 road win at San Jose State in a non-conference men's soccer game at the Spartan Soccer Complex.
The win for the Hornets (1-2) was their first of the season while San Jose State also saw its record move to 1-2. The Spartans have played all three of their games at home this year, which includes a 3-2 win against UC Davis on Friday.
Sacramento State, which was coming off a 1-0 overtime home loss to CSU Bakersfield on Friday, scored its first goals of the young season. The game was chippy throughout as a combined 30 fouls were whistled on the two teams (21 on Sacramento State), and nine yellows and a red were issued. Six yellows were given to San Jose State, including the Spartans playing a man down the final 10 minutes of the second half after Omar Lemus was ejected.
Sacramento State got on on the board in the third minute of the game after Jackson's free kick found the head of Webb who scored near post. The Hornets tacked on another in the 47th minute after Jackson's right foot connected from 50 yards away. The ball hit the grass and took a tricky bounce that went between San Jose State goalkeeper Alex Clewis' legs for a huge two-goal cushion for the Hornets.
The goal was the fist of Jackson's career as the Tucson, Ariz., native finished the game with three points.
"Obviously, this was a big victory for us because it got us in the win column," Sacramento State head coach Michael Linenberger said. "We've had a bit of a rivalry with San Jose State over the years - we know each other well and play each other every season so it feels good to come out of here with a win. I thought we played well in Friday's loss to Bakersfield and deserved a better result, so I was very happy the way we responded.
"Today wasn't a beautiful game and fatigue was a factor for both teams having played twice in three days in extremely hot conditions. But we found a way to grind it out and pick up a big win."
Sacramento State outshot San Jose State, 7-5, and Hornet goalkeeper James Del Curto had three saves. The Spartans held a 6-4 advantage in corner kicks.
The Hornets return to the field for a pair of home games next week against San Diego on Friday at 4:30 p.m., and Loyola Marymount on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Friday's game against San Diego is part of a doubleheader with the Hornet women's team.
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