MEN’S SOCCER CLOSES PRESEASON WITH DRAW AGAINST SANTA CLARA

MEN’S SOCCER CLOSES PRESEASON WITH DRAW AGAINST SANTA CLARA

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State men's soccer team played its second and final preseason exhibition match of the year, hosting the Santa Clara Broncos Sunday evening at Hornet Field. The two teams traded second-half goals before the exhibition match ended in a 1-1 draw.

Sacramento State scored first in the friendly, going ahead 1-0 in the 52nd minute.

Charging down the field, freshman Francisco Magana dropped off a short back pass to senior Matt Carnefix, who was coming hard behind him. The pass occurred right at the top of the 18, and, after putting a touch on it to shake his defender, Carnefix drove one into the top left corner to give the Hornets the lead.

It didn't take long for Santa Clara to counter, however, finding the equalizer in the 62nd minute, just 10 minutes later. After a free kick from 30 out, the Broncos' Alejandro Barajas managed to get a foot on the ball as he and other rushed into the box. The ball deflected off the foot of a Hornets defender in the commotion and past the outstretched arms of Hornets keeper Hector Grajeda.

Neither team scored again, despite heavy pressure from the Santa Clara side of the ball. In total, the Broncos outshot the Hornets, 15-2, including 9-1 in the second half.

Despite the pressure, the Hornets defense refused to break again, holding back the attack and forcing the match to end in a 1-1 draw.

Sunday's contest was the men's team's final exhibition match of the year. The regular season starts for the Hornets on the road on Friday, Aug. 30 with a match at San Jose State. From there, it's up north to face Gonzaga before returning to Sacramento for their home opener on Friday, Sept. 6.

Details all on all upcoming men's soccer contests can be found by visiting the team schedule page online at HornetSports.com.