MEN’S SOCCER LOOKS TO SECURE WINNING ROAD TRIP WITH MATCH AT CAL POLY

MEN’S SOCCER LOOKS TO SECURE WINNING ROAD TRIP WITH MATCH AT CAL POLY

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State men's soccer team wraps up a three-game road trip on Wednesday afternoon as they travel to Cal Poly to take on the Mustangs. The Hornets, who are 1-1 on their current trip, can secure a winning road trip and remain over .500 overall and on the road with a win on Wednesday.

Scouting Cal Poly (5-7, 1-3 Big West)

The road trip started in UC Riverside before moving to Fullerton and wrapping up this Wednesday in San Luis Obispo. The Hornets and Mustangs have traded blows in their last three matches, alternating wins and loss based on home field advantage. Sacramento State defeated Cal Poly 1-0 in a home contest last season but dropped their road match 2-1. In 2015, it was all Cal Poly as the then-20th ranked Mustangs shut out Sacramento State 2-0 in San Luis Obispo.

Sacramento State trails 7-13-3 in the all-time series, though are an even 3-3-3 against Cal Poly at home. In their last five contests against the Mustangs, Sacramento State is 2-3 (1-1 at home).

Cal Poly enters play this week having lost their last three matches (1-0 vs. Cal State Fullerton, 3-1 vs. UC Irvine, and 1-0 at CSUN). However, prior to that skid, though, the Mustangs had won five straight, including a 1-0 victory over a St. Mary's club that beat the Hornets 1-0 earlier this year. Cal Poly has also played an extremely challenging non-conference schedule, taking on #10 Indiana (L, 2-0), #5 Notre Dame (L, 1-0), #15 Georgetown (L, 3-1), and #8 Maryland (L, 1-0) all on the road in closely contested matches. 

The Mustangs are led by their goalkeeper Simon Boehme. The junior from Copenhagen, Denmark, has been busy in goal all season, leading the conference in saves (55) and save percentage (.786). His 15 goals against are the fifth fewest in and his 1.24 GAA average is the fourth fewest. Boehme was recently named the Big West's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week after recording three straight shutouts against Saint Mary's, San Diego State, and CSU Bakersfield. The junior went a career-best  358 minutes without allowing a goal.

Quick Facts vs. Cal Poly

  • Wednesday, October 11 at 7:00 pm PT
  • Alex G. Spanos Stadium - San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Live Video: Big West TV
  • Live stats: Hornet Stats

About Last Weekend

The Hornets split their two matches last weekend, taking a 2-1 win over UC Riverside and a 3-1 loss to Cal State Fullerton, both on the road. Christian Webb, Trevor Jackson, and Antonio Andres led the team with two points (each scored on goal). Brad Bumgarner, Justin Bedig, and Rieland Elias each had one point (an assist each). Bumgarner led the offense with five shots, but only three were on goal.

State of the Conference

Sacramento State's 2-1-1 record (seven points) heading into this week is tied with UC Davis for second in the Big West North division. UC Santa Barbara leads the North division and is the only undefeated team in the Big West (3-0-1).

Climbing the Charts

Senior keeper James Del Curto recorded 12 saves in last weekend's matches at UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton, moving him into a tie for fourth most saves in program history (Gary Davis, 1992-95). Curto has already made 43 saves this season (3.58 per game), putting him on pace for 65 this year and potentially moving him into the second spot for most career saves in Sacramento State men's soccer program history.

The program record is held by current assistant coach Matt McDougall, who recorded 306 saves from 2002-2005.

Goalkeeper Saves - Career
1. Matt McDougall (2002-05) - 306
2. Cesar Castillo (2010-13) - 243
3. Bryan Oliver (2008-12) - 238
4. James Del Curto (2013-pres)
    Gary Davis (1992-95) - 222

World-Wide-Webb

Forward Christian Webb continues to pace the Sacramento State offensive attack. The sophomore scored one of the team's two goals last Thursday against Riverside, giving him a team-leading five goals and a team-high 10 points this season.

Webb has been nominated for Big Sky Soccer's Offensive Player of the week in back-to-back weeks though has yet to take home the distinction.

Happy To Help

With an assist in last Thursday's 2-1 win over UC Riverside, Justin Bedig now has five total assists on the season to lead Sacramento State. His five assists are tied for second in the Big West with UC Irvine's Mario Ortiz and two behind the conference leader Daniel Crisostomo (UCI).

With one more assist, Bedig will move into the Sacramento State top 5 for most assists in a single season.

Assists - Single Season
1. Fernando Cabadas (2009) - 9
2. Ernesto Carranza (2010) - 8
    Brandon Cavitt (1995) - 8
    Kevin Beana (1993) - 8
5. Six tied - 6

Killer Bees

The trio of Christian Webb (10 points), Trevor Jackson (nine), and Justin Bedig (nine) are each among the top 10 for points scored this year in the Big West conference. Combined, the three have 28 points, the third most points by a threesome in the Big West.

UC Irvine's Giovanni Godoy, Ivan Canales, and Mario Ortiz have scored a combined 42 points and are the only other school with three different players among the top 10 in individual points scored. UC Santa Barbara's Rodney Michael, Ignacio Tellechea, and Noah Billinglsy are second with 30 combined points.

Road Warriors

Wednesday's game against the Mustangs will be Sacramento State's third straight road match and their second three-game road trip of the season. Overall, the Hornets are 3-2 on the road (1-1 in road conference matches). The team is averaging nearly two goals per match away from Sacramento (1.83 goals per game).

Under The Lights

Sacramento State's last two matchups were just their second and third night matches this season. Their first was a 2-1 win in a 7:00 PM start at Utah Valley. Overall, the Hornets are 2-1-0 in night matches.

Give Me Five

Justin Bedig's five-point performance (two goals, one assist) in Sacramento's 4-3 win over Northern Illinois (Orem, Utah) on Sept. 17 remains the highest single-match point total in the Big West this season. Six players - including Christian Webb - have scored four points in a match this season.

For Bedig, his five points is the most for a Sacramento State player since Chris Bettencourt tallied five points nearly a decade ago on Nov. 11, 2010 vs. Air Force.

Just Score Two

The Hornets have scored two or more goals in six of their 12 games this year. In those six matches, they are 5-0-1. Over the last five seasons, Sacramento State is 21-3-1 when scoring two or more goals.