MEN’S SOCCER BIG WEST TOURNAMENT STARTS TONIGHT IN LOS ANGELES

MEN’S SOCCER BIG WEST TOURNAMENT STARTS TONIGHT IN LOS ANGELES

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State men's soccer team takes to the pitch tonight in the quarterfinal round of the Big West Conference tournament. The Hornets enter the tournament as the North Division's no. 3 seed and go up against the South Division's no. 2 seed, CSUN, in a win-or-go home match tonight at 7:00 pm.

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Scouting No. 2 Seed (Southern) CSUN (9-8-2, 4-4-2 Big West)

Sacramento State begins the 2017 Big West tournament on the road against CSUN. This is the first time this year and first time since the semifinals of last season's tournament that the Hornets have made the trip to Northridge. Earlier this season, Sacramento defeated the Matadors 1-0 at Hornet Field.

The Hornets' 2016 postseason came to an end in the Big West tournament semifinals last season against CSUN at Northridge. The match was tied at two after two overtime periods and the Matadors came out ahead in penalty kicks, 6-5.

CSUN enters the tournament having lost back-to-back matches. Before that however, the Matadors were riding a four-match unbeaten streak (2-0-2) during which scored five times while holding their opponents to just two goals.

The Matadors are led by Henrik Regitnig, who just yesterday was named The Big West men's soccer Goalkeeper of the Year. Regitnig's 1.13 GAA is the best in the conference this season while his 62 saves are tied for the second most. He also ranks second with a .738 save percentage.

Quick Facts at CSUN

Postseason Pedigree

Since joining the Big West in 2013, the Hornets are 1-2 in tournament play under head coach Mike Linenberger.

Third Time is a Charm

With a postseason bid in 2017, the Hornets have now qualified for the Big West men's soccer conference tournament in back-to-back seasons. Last season, the Hornets entered the tournament as the no. 2 seed, defeating UC Riverside 2-1 at home before falling to CSUN on the road in the semifinals.

This year's appearance is the team's third postseason appearance in the last four seasons and their third since joining the Big West in 2013.

All-Conference Awards

The Hornets had six players named to Big West conference teams for their 2017 performance.

First Team All-Conference
Paul Geyer
Cylus Sandoval

Second Team All-Conference
James Del Curto
Christian Webb 

Freshmen All-Conference
Justin Bedig
Tyler Moss 

Co-Midfielder of the Year

Midfielder Paul Geyer had an excellent senior campaign, totaling a career-best five points on a career-high two goals and one assist. He matched his career high with 13 shots while starting 16 games. His senior leadership, while not as easy to track as counting stats, was equally important in a season where the six regular starters were sophomores or younger. In addition to being selected as the co-Midfielder of the Year, Geyer was also named to the first team all-Big West, his first career selection. 

Geyer shares the award with Cal State Fullerton's Ross McPhie.

Climbing the Charts 

Senior keeper James Del Curto enters postseason play with 57 saves this season and 236 for his career. He is currently fourth for most career goalkeeper saves in program history, just two behind Bryan Oliver (238).

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.) - 236
5. Gary Davis (1992-95) - 222

Happy to Help

Freshman forward Justin Bedig enters the Big West tournament with a team-leading seven assists. He is currently fifth all-time in program history for most assists in a season, just one behind a three-way tie for second.

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.