MORAGA, Calif. — The Sacramento State men's soccer team (4-4-0) fell behind early against the Saint Mary's Gales (3-3-3) Sunday afternoon and was unable to recover, falling 1-0 in their final non-conference match of the year.
Saint Mary's scored the match's only goal in the second minute of play, taking advantage of an early Sacramento State foul and free kick. Filippo Zattarin took the free kick for the Gaels, getting to it teammate Maxwell Mirner who headed it to Jake Rudel. Rudel tapped the ball past the reach of Hornets goalkeeper James Del Curto for his third goal of the season. Zattarin and Mirner were each credited with an assist on the play.
It was scoreless for the next 88 minutes as the Hornets struggled to generate much offense. They took just five shots in the contest, only two of which were on goal. Saint Mary's, meanwhile, took 12 shots against Sacramento State, three of them on goal. Sacramento State had just one corner kick in the match, a second half opportunity that came up empty.
The loss snaps both the team's three-game win streak and their four-game win streak away from Hornets Field.
Today's matchup was the Hornets final non-conference tune up of 2017. They return to Sacramento to kick off the Big West season on Thursday when they host the CSUN Matadors.