CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Sacramento State men's soccer team continued their season-opening road trip with a Monday night matchup at the Pac-12's Oregon State Beavers. For the second straight match, the Hornets jumped out to an early lead, but were unable to hold on as the Beavers took the game, 2-1.
Dominic Scotti continued to impress, scoring his second goal in as many games Monday night. After scoring after just 55 second in Friday's draw at Portland, the senior midfielder gave the Hornets another early lead, scoring against Oregon State in the eighth minute.
Brad Bumgarner picked up the assist on the play, setting Scotti up on the top right corner of the box. Scotti sent the ball up and toward the corner, curling it up and out of reach of the Oregon State keeper.
The goal is Scotti's second of the season. He has also taken just two shots on the season, scoring on both of his attempts so far. Dating back to last season, the Hornets' captain has now scored six goals in his last eight games.
Abraham Rosales had a chance to make it 2-0 just three minutes later, though his shot carried just high, bouncing off the cross bar.
Scotti's and Rosales' shots were two of just seven on the night for the Hornets, though they placed three of those seven on goal. Although efficient, they were unable to keep up with the offensive output of Oregon State.
Hornets' goalkeeper Nick Kubler and the Sacramento State defense were kept busy all night as the Beavers outshot the Hornets, 22-7, through 90 minutes of play. Although just six of those shots were on target for Oregon State, that was enough.
The Beavers' first goal came on a penalty kick in the 26th minute. Tyler Moss was called for the foul after sliding in to knock the ball away from the Beavers' attacker. Because the foul came in the box, Oregon State was awarded a penalty kick.
Don Tchilao, the Beavers' lone Preseason All-Pac-12 selection, drilled home the penalty shot to level the score at one in the 26th minute.
The rest of the first half and most of the second half passed without incident, though both teams had their chances. Despite being outshot by the Beavers, Sacramento State had seven corner kick opportunities in the match, compared to Oregon State's five. The Beavers also drew five offsides calls.
Oregon State's second score of the night didn't come until 69th minute, when Gloire Amanda's endline shot snuck by the defense and past Kubler for the game-winner.
Sacramento State was able to rally late, pushing their numbers forward and getting a number of good looks, but ultimately came up empty. Both Oscar Govea and Benji Kikanovic put good shots on the ball in the final 10 minutes.
Govea's shot was blocked and recovered by the Beavers while Oregon State keeper Adrian Fernandez preserved his team's lead with a save on Kikanovic's shot in the 89th minute.
The Hornets will return home tomorrow, but they'll head back out on the road shortly after to continue this season-opening three game road trip. They'll travel south next to take on CSU Bakersfield on Friday, Aug. 31 at 7:00 pm. Live audio and online stats will be available.
For more details and the full schedule, please visit the 2018 Sacramento State Men's Soccer page online at HornetSports.com.