STOCKTON, Calif. – The Sacramento State men's soccer traveled down Interstate 5 Tuesday night to take on the regionally ranked Pacific Tigers in a midweek match. The Hornets fended off an aggressive Tigers attack but were unable to convert offensively as the match came to a scoreless draw after 110 minutes.
Sacramento State and Pacific traded possessions and attacks throughout the first half, with each team getting good looks but neither being able to capitalize on their opportunities. After the first 45 minutes, the Hornets had taken five shots compared to Pacific's six. Each team had just one corner kick in the half while Hornets goalkeeper Nick Kubler made one save.
The second half was an entirely different story, however, as Pacific came out the aggressors and dominated the possession battle. The Tigers peppered Kubler and the Hornets goal, outshooting Sacramento State 8-0 in the second half while beating them in corner kicks, 8-1.
The overtime periods were similar as the Tigers combined for three more shots over the next 20 minutes while Sacramento State took just one.
The Hornets refused to break, however, and put together an excellent defensive performance for all 110 minutes. In addition to Kubler, who made four total saves on the night, the Sacramento State defense was anchored by Tyler Moss, Mac Harrington, Jack Larter, and Luis Urias, all four of whom played the full 110 minutes for the Hornets.
The shutdown effort was a positive sign for the Hornets, who were coming off a rough outing at Avaya Stadium in San Jose in which they allowed six goals to the Cal Bears.
The Tigers, who just two weeks ago beat that same Cal team, 2-1, came into tonight's match ranked sixth in the West Region and recently ranked as high as 17th in the country.
Tuesday's match up against Pacific was just the first of two challenging matches this week for the Hornets. While they will return to Sacramento on Friday for their second home match of the season, they'll be hosting the #23 Saint Mary's Gaels. The Gaels come into Sunday with a perfect 5-0 record. They have yet to allow a goal this season.
Friday's match against Saint Mary's is scheduled for a 4 p.m. kickoff with gates to open at 3. More information can always be found by visiting the Men's Soccer 2018 Schedule online at HornetSports.com.