SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento State's season-opening win streak came to an end Sunday in what is likely to be one of the wildest matches of the season against CSU Bakersfield. The two teams combined for seven goals, 35 fouls, 11 cards, and a penalty kick Sunday as the 'Runners handed the Hornets a 5-2 loss.
Sunday's loss, the Hornets' first of the season, drops them to 3-1 on the year. For CSU Bakersfield, the win was its first, as the team climbed to 1-3.
The tone was set early on Sunday as the two teams instantly engaged in a physical battle resulting in two quick fouls within the first minute of play.
The scoring didn't take long to follow as CSU Bakersfield punched one in on a fast break down the field, taking a 1-0 advantage in the 8th minute of play.
For the Hornets, the deficit was their first their first of the year. Sacramento State led of had been tied in every match so far this season.
The deficit didn't last long, however, as the Hornets countered with a Francisco Magana score on a fast break of their own. RJ Moorhouse passed ahead to Oscar Govea outside of the penalty area before Govea found a streaking Magana in the box.
The goal, which came in the 26th minute, was the first of Magana's career and leveled the score at one.
Unfortunately for the Hornets, the level of physicality of the match continued to rise and the fouls - and cards - started to pile up.
Sacramento State saw five yellow cards from the 20th through the 45th minute, including two on junior defender Tyler Moss, resulting in a red card and a disqualification from the rest of the match, forcing the Hornets to play with 10 men in the second half.
CSU Bakersfield saw one yellow of its own in the first half. In the end, eight of the 11 yellows handed out were shown to Sacramento State players while 21 of 35 fouls were called against the Hornets.
In the second half, Bakersfield broke things open with four scores in the span of 16 minutes. One came on a penalty kick after Moorhouse was called for a handball in the box, another on a free kick from outside the 18, one on a broken play in which the 'Runners' attacker fell onto the ball and managed to direct it to an open teammate, and another on a clean quick drive into the box.
Sacramento State's Titus Washington found the back of the net for the Hornets, although too little too late, scoring his first career goal in the 87th.
The Hornets will look to put Sunday's loss behind them as they head back out on the road, where they are 2-0 to start the season. Up next is a Friday night matchup at Loyola Marymount on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m
Details on that game, including notes, links to live stats and video streams, and more, can be found online on the Sacramento State men's soccer schedule at HornetSports.com.