MEN’S SOCCER FALLS TO CAL IN WILD MATCH AT MLS STADIUM

MEN’S SOCCER FALLS TO CAL IN WILD MATCH AT MLS STADIUM

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The Sacramento State men's soccer team hit the road Thursday night to take on the California Golden Bears at Avaya Stadium in San Jose. The Hornets got goals from both Dom Scotti and Benji Kikanovic against a Bears team that is ranked 10th in the Far West, but that wasn't enough against Cal's high-powered offense as the Hornets fell 6-2.  

The two teams met at a neutral site for Thursday night's match, taking the field at Avaya Stadium, the home of Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes. Under the lights, the Hornets and Bears engaged in a physical match that saw 31 total fouls, four yellow cards, and four penalty kicks.

Two penalty kicks were awarded to each team over the course of the match. Dom Scotti converted on the first for Sacramento State, scoring in the 33rd minute to make it a 2-1 match in favor of Cal at the time.

For Scotti, the goal was his fourth of the season. He leads the team and is tied for most goals scored in the Big West Conference. Stretching back to last season, Scotti has eight goals in his last 10 games. 

Kikanovic took a penalty kick for the Hornets in the second half, converting on his opportunity in the 55th minute. The goal, Kikanovic's third of the season, made it a 4-2 match at the time with Cal still ahead.

Cal was also awarded two penalty kicks. Hornets goalkeeper Nick Kubler made a spectacular save on the first attempt, diving far to his left and swatting the ball wide and out of play.

He was unable to save both, however, as Cal's second penalty kick attempt was good from the Bears' Shinya Kadono in the 53rd minute. For Kadono, the goal was his third of four on the night as he led the Cal attack.

In addition to four penalty kicks, the match included four yellow cards, three of which were shown to Cal. Sacramento State picked up 16 fouls while the Bears picked up 15.

Despite the one-sided score, each team took 12 total shots in the match, including eight each on goal. Unfortunately for Sacramento State, most of the Cal's shots on goal came in fast break situations, including a few one-on-ones with Kubler. Eight of the Hornets' 12 shots came in the second half. 

Sacramento State will go from one regionally ranked team to another as they travel to take on Pacific, who is currently the number five team in the West. That match will take place in Stockton on Tuesday. Kick off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.

For more details and the full schedule, please visit the 2018 Sacramento State Men's Soccer page online at HornetSports.com.