SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento State's men's soccer team and the UC Davis men's soccer team entered Saturday's Causeway Classic in a tie for first place in the North Division and it was Davis who went home still in first. After 90 minutes of physical play, the Hornets dropped to second, falling 2-0 to the Aggies.
Sacramento State found themselves on the defensive early as the Aggies dominated possession in the first half. The defensive bent but did not break, though, holding UC Davis to just seven shots in the first half despite spending the majority of the period on their own side.
Late in the half, the Hornets offense found some footing. They ended the period with just four shots, but took the momentum into halftime with the two teams still scoreless.
That momentum quickly swung back Davis' way as the Aggies scored the games first goal in the 61st minute. Adam Mickelson, the Aggies' assist-leader, found Nabi Kibunguchy with a soft cross right in front of the box. Kibunguchy didn't get all of it, but it was enough to sneak the ball past Hornets keeper James Del Curto.
Again, Sacramento State was on the defensive for most of the half. UC Davis added another goal in the 80th minute. After a pass into the middle was deflected by the Sacramento defense, the Aggies' Noah Wilson worked the ball away and scored from just 10 yards out in front of the goal.
The Hornets made a number of attempts late in the half, in particular by Dennis Cole, who worked the left corner hard and made a number of nice crosses into the box but to no avail.
In total, Sacramento managed just six shots in the loss, only two of which were on goal. Both shots on target came from Christian Webb, the Hornets' leading scorer.
With the loss, Sacramento falls to 7-6-1 (3-2-1 Big Sky) and into second place. Depending on the outcome of tonight's UC Santa Barbara versus Cal Poly match, the Hornets will either be tied for second or will stand alone in the second spot in the division.
The loss also drops the Hornets record in the Causeway Classic to 9-13-3, although they are 2-2-1 in their last five matches against UC Davis.
The Hornets continue their homestand this week with matches on Wednesday against UC Santa Barbara and on Saturday against Cal Poly. Both matches are set for 3:00 pm and Saturday, Oct. 21 is the men's soccer team's senior day.