Men's Soccer Weekly Notes, 9/10
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State men's soccer team takes on two more ranked opponents this week as they travel to Pacific on Tuesday before hosting #14 Saint Mary's at home on Friday.
How To Watch
Sacramento State's Tuesday night match at Pacific will stream live online at WatchStadium.com. Live stats will also be available online at HornetSports.com. Additionally, live, in-game updates will be provided on Twitter, @SacStMSoccer.
For Friday's match at home against Saint Mary's, the game can be seen live online at BigWest.TV. Live stats will again be available at HornetSports.com while in-game updates can continue to be found on Twitter, @SacStMSoccer.
More details, including all streaming and stat links, can be found by visiting the 2018 Men's Soccer Schedule online at HornetSports.com.
About Last Week
The Hornets played just one match last week as they took on the California Golden Bears at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. The Bears, who entered last week as the No. 10 team in the Far West Region, overpowered the Hornets defense with an aggressive front line, ultimately winning 6-2.
The match between the Hornets and Bears included four penalty kicks, four yellow cards, and 31 fouls.
Sacramento State will take on two WCC opponents this week as they travel to Pacific and then host Saint Mary's. In total, the Hornets face five WCC opponents this season. They are 0-0-1 so far (tie at Portland) against West Coast Conference competition. After Pacific and Saint Mary's the Hornets will still face Gonzaga (home) and San Francisco (road) this season.
Last year, the Hornets faced a WCC team four times, going 1-3, with their one win a 2-1 victory at home over Loyola Marymount. Since joining the Big West in 2012, the Hornets are 6-9-7 against WCC teams.
Saint Mary's enters the weekend ranked 14rd in the nation according to Top Drawer Soccer. They are 5-0 this season and have allowed just one goal through their first five matches while averaging nearly four goals per game.
Pacific was ranked fifth in the West Region by United Soccer Coaches last week while Saint Mary's was ranked fourth in the West. Updated Regional Rankings for the Week of Sep. 10 can be found once they are available online at UnitedSoccerCoaches.com.
In addition to being regionally ranked, Pacific is receiving votes in multiple national polls heading into Tuesday's match against the Hornets.
Tackling the Tigers
Tuesday match between the Hornets and the Pacific Tigers will be just the fifth in program history since the Hornets moved to Div. I. All-time, the teams are 2-2-0. Pacific won the last two contests in 2016 and 2017. The Hornets are 0-1 when playing at Pacific.
Gaming the Gaels
Sacramento State and Saint Mary's have faced each other 25 times since 1991 (start of Div. I). All-time, the Gaels lead the Hornets 11-6-8. Last season, the Hornets fell 1-0 on the road in Moraga. Over their last five matches at Sacramento State, the Hornets are 1-1-3 against the Gaels.
The Hornets lead the Big West Conference with 24 corner kicks so far this season. Cal State Fullerton (22) and CSUN (21) are next and are the only other two teams over 20.
Senior midfielder and team captain Dominic Scotti scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season this past Thursday against Cal. The goal came on a penalty kick in the first half.
His four goals are tied for most in the Big West Conference through the season's first three weeks. He is tied with CSUN's Johnny Rodriguez and Khalid Hunter. Scotti has now scored in four of the Hornets' first five games this year. Dating back to last season, he has scored eight goals in his last 11 games.
Sacramento State has kicked and converted on three penalty kicks this year, more than any other Big West team (UC Riverside is 1-1, Cal Poly is 0-1). Last season, the Hornets had just two penalty kicks, scoring both.
Pacific will be Sacramento State's second match this season against a team that qualified for the NCAA Tournament last year. Cal, who the Hornets faced last week, and San Francisco, who they will face on Sep. 23, also participated in the 2017 tournament.
Sacramento State has played down a man for 189 total minutes so far this season. That is nearly half (40%) of their total minutes played this year (476 total minutes). The Hornets have received two red cards, one coming just five minutes into their season opener at Portland and another in the 12th minute on the road at CSU Bakersfield.
Road Heavy Non-Conference
Sacramento State is on the road again for Tuesday's match as they travel to Stockton to take on Pacific. Five of the Hornets' first six matches have all come on the road, the lone home match a 2-1 loss to San Jose State. In total, seven of Sacramento State's 10 non-conference matches are on the road. That ratio will flip when they play four of seven conference contests at home at Hornet Field.
Through the season's first five games, Sacramento State's two red cards are most in the Big West Conference. They also have nine yellows, tied for fifth most.
Head coach Mike Linenberger is just three wins shy of his 200th career win. He has accumulated a record of 197-288-62 as a head coach, including a mark of 40-59-17 during a six-plus year period in the Big West. Linenberger has guided the Hornets to the Big West Tournament in each of the last two seasons.