SACRAMENTO, Calif. - After an excellent showing at last weekend's Wolverine Invitational, the Sacramento State men's soccer team wraps up their three-game road trip with a Sunday-afternoon match at Saint Mary's at 1:00 pm. They take a three-match win streak into this weekend.
Scouting Saint Mary's (2-3-2)
Sacramento State travels west to face the Saint Mary's Gaels in Moraga, California. The two squads last faced each other in Sacramento last September. The two teams played a full two overtime periods, taking the match to a 1-1 draw. All-time, the Hornets are 6-10-8 against the Gaels, including 3-5-4 at Saint Mary's.
Saint Mary's enters play Thursday with a 2-3-2 record and are currently ranked fifth in the WCC, though they are scheduled to play UC Davis tonight. Despite the losing record, Saint Mary's has played their opponents tough, with all seven of their matches being decided by two goals or fewer and six of seven being decided by just one goal. They finished the 2016 season 8-8-3 with a 4-3 conference record.
The Gaels, who have outshot their opponents 92-62, have been outscored this season 8-6 through seven matches. They are led by forward Anders Engebresten, who has one goal and three assists this year.
Sacramento has not lost to the Gaels in eight straight matches, going 2-0-6 against Saint Mary's since 2007.
Quick Facts vs. Saint Mary's
- Sunday, Sept. 24 at 1:00 pm
- Saint Mary's Stadium - Moraga, CA
- Watch: WCC Game Center
- Live stats: SMC Live Stats
The Hornets went undefeated in last weekend's Wolverine Invitational, taking home the tournament championship with an exciting 2-1 win over Utah Valley University and a back-and-forth 4-3 win over Northern Illinois. Midfielder Paul Geyer was named Tournament MVP, playing all 90 minutes in both meatches and serving as a veteran presence on the field.
Following an excellent showing at this past weekend's Wolverine Invitational, the Sacramento State men's soccer team finds themselves among the Far West region's best, ranked number seven by the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Poll for Week 4.
The ranking, which includes both of this past weekend's wins, is the team's first in the Top 10 this season. With the ranking, the Hornets jumped UCLA (#9, previously #7) and Cal (#8, previously #4).
Fullerton was the only other team to crack the top 10 after previously being unranked.
The Hornets' weekend performance also garnered recognition from College Soccer News and their Top 30 National Poll. The Hornets were one of 12 teams to also receive votes, falling just outside the Top 30.
Single-Season Win-Streak Record
Sacramento State has won three straight matches, all coming away from Hornet Field. That away-from-home win streak matches a program record. The last time Sacramento State won three consecutive matches away from home in a single season was in 1995. That year, the Hornets beat Stanford and Cal on the road before beating UC Irvine in their next road contest two weeks later.
Sacramento State kept that streak alive, winning their first away match of the 1996 season against Cleveland State in Akron, Ohio to set the program record for longest win streak away from home.
With a win this weekend, the Hornets can match their longest win-streak away from home in program history while setting a new single-season record.
Just In Time, Bedig
Forward Justin Bedig scored his first two goals of the season in last Sunday's win against Northern Illinois. The first goal gave the Hornets a 3-2 lead in the 80th minute while his second, which came just three minutes later, put the team up 4-2. The second goal proved to be the game-winner as NIU scored in the 85th minute to make it a 4-3 game. Bedig also had an assist in the win, making it a five-point afternoon for the freshman. His five points are tied for the 8th most in a single game for the Hornets in the Division I era (1991).
Four or More
Sacramento State's four goals in Sunday's victory are the most goals scored in a game since October 14, 2015, when they defeated UC Santa Barbara at home, 5-2. It was just the second time that they have scored four or more goals since 2010. During the 2009 season alone, Sacramento State scored four or more goals five times, going 5-0 in those games.
Sunday's match against Saint Mary's is Sacramento State's last non-conference match of the season. Last season, the Hornets played to a 4-3-1 non-conference record before going 4-5-1 in conference.