MEN’S SOCCER OPENS FINAL ROAD TRIP TONIGHT IN SANTA BARBARA, LOOKS TO FORCE TIE FOR FIRST

MEN’S SOCCER OPENS FINAL ROAD TRIP TONIGHT IN SANTA BARBARA, LOOKS TO FORCE TIE FOR FIRST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State men's soccer team takes to the road for their last conference matches of the regular season. The Hornets, who have already clinched at least the third spot in the North Division, can better their postseason seeding with a strong road trip to second-place UC Santa Barbara and first-place UC Davis.

Scouting UC Santa Barbara (6-6-4, 4-2-2 Big West)

Sacramento State opens their final road trip of the season with a Wednesday night match tonight against the second-place UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. The two teams faced each other just last week in Sacramento, a match the Hornets dropped 2-1 in overtime.

Since that match, Santa Barbara returned home to host UC Davis. The Mustangs took it to the Gauchos, defeating them 5-0 in Santa Barbara. The loss was UCSB's worst since a 5-0 loss at Cal State Northridge in 2006.

After starting conference play 3-0-1 against the South Division, the Gauchos are 1-2-2 against the North Division.

The Hornets are 4-14-3 against the Gauchos all-time and are just 1-8-2 at Harder Stadium. Sacramento's only win in Santa Barbara came in 1992. They played to a 1-1 draw in their last trip to Harder Stadium.

Quick Facts at UC Santa Barbara

  • Wednesday, October 25 at 7:00 pm PT
  • Harder Stadium - Santa Barbara, CA
  • Live video: Big West TV
  • Live stats: Gauchos Stats

Scouting UC Davis (8-7-2, 5-2-1 Big West)

The Hornets end the regular season with a rivalry match on the road against the UC Davis Aggies. The Aggies enter play this week in first place with a 5-2-1 Big West record and 16 points. Sacramento State and UC Davis last played two weeks ago, a 2-0 Aggies win at Hornet Field.

Since that match, the Aggies are 1-1, falling 3-2 in overtime at home against Cal Poly before dominating UC Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, 5-0. The five-goal margin of victory was the largest for UC Davis in a Big West match in program history and is also the most goals they've ever scored in a single match.

UC Davis opened the season 3-5-1 in non-conference play, but has cleaned up since starting league play. The Aggies went 2-1-1 against the South Division and enter play Wednesday 3-1 against the North.

Sacramento State is 9-13-2 against the Aggies all-time, but has fared better on the road, where they are 5-4-1. The Hornets have not lost at Davis since 2012 and are 3-1-1 over their last five games at Aggie Soccer Field.

Quick Facts vs. UC Davis

  • Sunday, October 29 at 1:00 pm PT
  • Aggie Soccer Field – Davis, CA
  • Live Video: Big West TV
  • Live stats: Aggies Stats

About Last Match

The Hornets beat Cal Poly in convincing style this past Saturday, scoring four second-half goals en route to a 5-1 win. Five different Hornets scored in the win, including freshman Justin Bedig, who is tied for the team lead with 13 points. Matt Carnefix (2), Dominic Scotti (3), Paul Geyer (2), and Brad Bumgarner (2) all scored, as well.

The win eliminated Cal Poly from Postseason contention and clinched a spot for Sacramento State.

Big West Breakdown

Sacramento State's 4-3-1 record (13 points) heading into this week is good for third behind UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara in the Big West North division. All three teams have clinched a spot in the Big West Tournament while Cal Poly is officially eliminated.

Postseason Preview

The Aggies, Gauchos, and Hornets all have a shot at the No. 1 seed in the North Division. UC Davis enters the week in first place with 16 points (5-2-1) and have games at Cal Poly and at home against Sacramento State. UCSB is second with 14 points (4-2-2) and host the Hornets before traveling to Sacramento State. The Hornets are in third with 13 points (4-3-1) and have never won the North Division.

With two wins, the Hornets can force a potential three-way tie for first place in the North Division.

Tops In the Nation

Freshman forward Justin Bedig was named in Top Drawer Soccer's midseason Top 100 Freshmen this past week. Bedig, who is tied for the Hornets team lead with 13 points, was ranked 79th in the country among all college freshmen.

Bedig scored a goal and added an assist in his last match, giving him three and seven on the season, respectively. He was recognized as a Big West Player of the Week in September.

Gimme Five

Sacramento State's five goals in their win over Cal Poly are the most in a single match since beating 13th-ranked UC Santa Barbara, 5-2, on October 14, 2015. In addition, the four-goal margin of victory was the team's largest since the 2011 season and their largest against a Division I opponent since the Hornets knocked off Cal Poly, 6-2, on September 22, 1996.

Just Score Two

Sacramento State has scored two or more goals in eight of their 16 games this season. In those eight matches, the Hornets are 7-0-1. Since the start of 2012, Sacramento State is 27-3-2 when scoring two or more goals.

Climbing the Charts

Senior keeper James Del Curto recorded four saves in the team's last match against Cal Poly, giving him 51 on the season and 230 for his career. He is currently fourth for most career goalkeeper saves in program history.

The program record is held by current associate 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.) - 230
5. Gary Davis (1992-95) - 222

Happy to Help

With another assist in Sacramento's 5-1 win over Cal Poly, Justin Bedig now has seven total assists on the season to lead Sacramento Sate. His seven assists are good for third in the Big West conference, trailing UC Irvine's Daniel Crisostomo (nine) and Mario Ortiz (eight). His five conference assists are tied with Ortiz for most in conference play.

With seven assists, Bedig ranks among the top five for most assists in a single season in program history.

Assists - Single Season
1. Fernando Cabadas (2009) - 9
2. Ernesto Carranza (2010) - 8
    Brandon Cavitt (1995) - 8
    Kevin Beana (1993) - 8
5. Justin Bedig (2017) - 7
6. Six tied with six (last, 2015)

Five-Point Performances

Justin Bedig's five-point performance (two goals, one assist) in Sacramento States 4-3 win over Northern Illinois (Orem, Utah) on Sept. 17 is one of two five-point games in the Big West this season. 10 players, including Christian Webb, have scored four points in a match this season.

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