SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The Sacramento State men's soccer team traveled to Santa Clara Wednesday night to take on the Broncos in their second exhibition match of the preseason. After jumping out to an early lead, Santa Clara evened the match in the second half as the teams tied, 2-2.
The Hornets found the back of the net early as Oscar Govea scored the night's first goal in the fourth minute of the match. The freshman rebounded the ball after it was cleared by the Santa Clara goalkeeper and punched it into the lower corner for the score. Less than three minutes later, it was another freshman, this time Benji Kikanovic, who scored the game's second goal, sending one high and out of reach of the goalkeeper. Mac Harrington was credited with the assist on the play.
The rest of the first half passed quietly as neither team scored, despite eight more combined shots.
In the second half, Santa Clara cut the two-goal deficit in half in the 48th minute. The equalizer came with just 14 minutes to play in the 76th minute.
In total, the two squads combined for 18 shots, including eight shots on goal. It was also a very physical match between the two teams that included 34 total fouls and 10 cards.
The Hornets used 21 players in the preseason contest and nearly every player on the roster now has game action experience through two exhibition matches. Sacramento State still has one exhibition contest remaining as they host Sonoma State back in Sacramento on Saturday, August 18 at 5 p.m. PT.