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Men's Soccer Weekly Notes, 9/17 (PDF)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State is back after a weekend trip through Southern California that included a win over previously undefeated San Diego this past Sunday. Up next are two more West Coast Conference opponents for the Hornets, who host San Francisco and Pacific at Hornet Field on Thursday and Sunday. 

How To Watch

vs. San Francisco Dons
Hornet Field // Sacramento, Calif.
Thursday, September 19 // 4:00 PM
Watch: BigWest.org/watch
Live Stats: HornetStats.com
Twitter: @SacStMSoccer

vs. Pacific Tigers
Hornet Field // Sacramento, Calif.
Sunday, September 22 // 4:00 PM
Watch: BigWest.org/watch
Live Stats: HornetStats.com
Twitter: @SacStMSoccer

About Last Week

Sacramento State was back on the road last week and split two matches, going 1-1 against the LMU Lions and San Diego Toreros. 

The Southern California trip started Friday night with a tough, 3-0, loss at the hands of the Lions. Despite being shutout, the Hornets took a season-high 16 shots in the effort, matching LMU. 

The Hornets followed that with a big result on Sunday, defeating the previously undefeated San Diego Toreros, 2-1. San Diego, who came into the week receiving votes, was 5-0 before the Hornets took one from them on their home pitch. Matt Carnefix got the scoring started early, finding the back of the net in the 5th minute. Titus Washington delivered the game-winner, a header off a pass from Tyler Moss in the 77th minute.

Big Results

Sunday's win against San Diego is Sacramento State's second against an opponent ranked among the top 25 or receiving votes this season. The Hornets could potentially face up to six more ranked opponents this season based on the current schedule.

Strong Season Start

Sacramento State's 4-2 record through the first six matches of the 2019 season is one of its best in recent history. The last time the Hornets started a season 4-2 was in 2011, the program's last season in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. 

The last time the Hornets won five of their first seven matches was in 2010, when the team started 5-2. Sacramento State won 11 matches that year and advanced to the NCAA Tournament after winning the MPSF Tournament. 

Road Results

The Hornets have played four of their first six matches on the road this season and have found success away from Hornet Field. Sacramento State is 3-1 so far on the road. 

Last season, the Hornets finished 2-5-2 on the road, including a draw at #22 Portland to start the year.

Get Familiar with the WCC

Six of Sacramento State's 11 non-conference matches this season are against teams from the WCC, including both of this weekend's opponents - San Francisco and Pacific. Both of last weeks opponents - LMU and San Diego - are also members of the WCC, making it four straight against the league. 

The Hornets are 2-1 against the conference this year and own a 7-12-7 record against the WCC since joining the Big West in 2012.

Offensive Output

Sacramento State took a season-high 16 shots in Friday's loss at LMU. The Hornets placed five of those 16 shots on goal, but were unable to sneak any past the Lions keeper. For the season, Sacramento State averages just over 12 shots per game while its opponents average 15.5.

Conference Leaders

Sacramento State's Oscar Govea ranks fifth in the conference with seven total points. The sophomore midfielder has scored twice and has three assists. His three assists are also tied for third most in the league.

Forward Benji Kikanovic ranks among the league's leaders in total shots, ranking fifth with 15. 

Defensively, keeper Ryan Curtis leads the Big West Conference in total saves with 33, despite having played in only five of the team's six games. His .785 save percentage is the second-best in the league. 

Sharing the Scoring

Seven different Hornets have found the back of the net for Sacramento State through the schedule's first six matches. Three different players - Oscar Govea, Matt Carnefix, and Titus Washington - have each scored twice for the Hornets.

Last season, just eight different Hornets scored a goal over the course of the entire 17-game schedule.  Only two players - Benji Kikanovic and graduated senior Dominic Scotti - scored more than one. 

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