MEN’S SOCCER OPENS HOMESTAND WITH CAUSEWAY SHOWDOWN

MEN’S SOCCER OPENS HOMESTAND WITH CAUSEWAY SHOWDOWN

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - After a thrilling 3-2 overtime victory over Cal Polay earlier this week, Sacramento State opens a three-game homestand tomorrow. The homestand starts with is bound to be a classic as they host Causeway rival UC Davis (6-6-2, 3-1-1 Big West) at 3 p.m. this afternoon. The two teams will be battling for first place as they enter Saturday's match tied for the division lead with identical 3-1-1 Big Sky records.

Scouting UC Davis (6-6-2, 3-1-1 Big West)

The Hornets will host the UC Davis Aggies in the first of two matchups this season with the second to take place in Davis later this month. The last time these two teams faced off was at Davis last season, a 2-1 Sacramento State win. At home last year, the Hornets fell to the Aggies 3-1.

UC Davis enters play this weekend having just defeated UC Santa Barbara 3-0 in Davis. The win was a huge shutout victory and had major conference implications, creating a three-way tie atop the North division. The Aggies have played just two away conference games, going 1-1 with a win at Cal State Fullerton and a loss at UC Riverside. Entering the season, UC Davis was picked to finish second in the North division in the Big West coaches poll, receiving 25 points, just three behind UC Santa Baraba.

Davis is led by a trio of starters: Miguel Avecedo, Matt Baringer, and Lizandro Torres. Each has scored three goals, though Avecedo and Baringer have three and two assist respectively. It really has been a team effort for the Aggies, though, as 14 differeny players have found the back of the net for UC Davis this season.

Quick Facts vs. UC Davis

  • Saturday, October 14 at 3:00 pm PT
  • Hornet Field – Sacramento, CA
  • Live Video: Big West TV
  • Live stats: Hornet Stats

About Last Match

The Hornets won an exciting overtime match on the road against Cal Poly. After falling behind 2-1, Sacramento State's Cylus Sandoval connected for the equalizer on a free kick in the 69th minute. In the 105th minute, Matt Carnefix found Dominc Scotti in the middle of the box for the game-winner. The goal was Scotti's first of the season.  

Big West Breakdown

Sacramento State's 3-1-1 record (10 points) heading into this weekend is tied with UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara for first place in the Big West North division. UC Santa Barbara is scheduled to play Saturday night at Cal Poly.

Crowded at the Top

Sacramento State is tied with UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara for first in the North Division with 10 points (3-1-1 Big Sky records). Each team leads the others in a specific category.

Sacramento State leads the trio with 57 points (UC Davis 56, Santa Barbara 47) and is tied with Santa Barbara with 17 assists (UC Davis 15).

UC Davis leads the group with 22 goals (Sacramento 20, Santa Barbara 15).

Santa Barbara's 1.16 goals against average is best among the three teams (Sacramento 1.47, UC Davis 1.59) and is tied for the second lowest in conference.

Just Score Two

The Hornets have scored two or more goals in seven of their 13 games this year. In those six matches, they are 6-0-1. Over the last five seasons, Sacramento State is 22-3-1 when scoring two or more goals.

Causeway Cup

Today's Causeway Cup is the 24th in men's soccer program history. All-time, Sacramento State trails UC Davis 9-12-2, including 4-8-1 at home. Surprisingly, the Hornets have fared better in Davis where they are 5-4-1 all time. Over the two teams' last five matches, the Hornets hold a 3-1-1 edge.

Climbing the Charts

Senior keeper James Del Curto recorded two saves in the team's last match against Cal Poly, moving him into fourth most saves in program history with 224. Curto has already made 45 saves this season (3.46 per game), putting him on pace for 62 this year and potentially moving him into the third 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) - 224
5. 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 three goals Wednesday against Cal Poly, giving him a team-leading six goals and a team-high 12 points this season.

Happy To Help

With an assist in last Wednesday's 3-2 win over Cal Poly, Justin Bedig now has six total assists on the season to lead Sacramento State. His six assists are tied for second in the Big West with UC Irvine's Mario Ortiz and three behind the conference leader Daniel Crisostomo (UCI).

Bedig has four assists in Sacramento's last five matches. Those four assists are tied for the lead in conference play this year.

With six assists, Bedig ranks among the top five for most assists in a single season in Sacramento State men's soccer program history.

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

Killer Bees

Sacramento State is one of three teams to have two players with double-digit points this year with both Christian Webb (12 points) and Justin Bedig (10 points) over that mark. UC Santa Barbara also has two players with double digit points while UC Irvine has three.

Home Cooking

The Hornets return home Saturday to start a three-game homestand. So far this year, Sacramento State is 2-3-1 at Hornet Field and are averaging an even one goal per game at home and are allowing 1.5 goals per home match.

Over their last 10 home matches (excluding exhibition), Sacramento State is 4-6-1.

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.