MORAGA, Calif. – Less than 48 hours after going toe-to-toe with the nation's #5 team, Indiana, on the road, Sacramento State faced yet another challenge on Sunday, this time on the road at #6 Saint Mary's. The Hornets were unable to keep pace with the top-ranked Gaels, falling 4-0.
The loss drops Sacramento State to 5-4-1 overall. Saint Mary's meanwhile, improves to 8-1-0.
Sacramento State was on the defensive for almost the entirety of Sunday's match, doing its best to fend off a very aggressive Gaels offense. The 6th-ranked Gaels piled up 27 shots Sunday afternoon, compared to the Hornets' 6.
Despite the lopsided shot totals, the Hornets took the Gaels into halftime trailing just 1-0. However, the high-octane attack coupled with a Sacramento State red card on Oscar Govea, proved too much to overcome. With the Hornets down a man, Saint Mary's took full advantage and scored three times in the second half.
Ryan Curtis fended off some of the Saint Mary's attack, making eight saves, matching his career-high.
The loss closes out what was likely the toughest weekend in Div. I soccer as the Hornets played on the road at #5 Indiana and #6 Saint Mary's, traveling over 4,500 miles in a four-day stretch.
Up next for Sacramento State is a non-conference finale against Causeway rival and Big West foe UC Davis on Saturday, Oct. 5.
Kickoff on Sunday is scheduled for 3 p.m.. Details on that game, including links to tickets, video, live stats, and more, can be found online on the Sacramento State men's soccer schedule at HornetSports.com.