SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State men's soccer opens Big West Conference play this Wednesday when the team travels to (RV) Santa Barbara. The Gauchos were picked to win the Big West in the league's preseason coaches poll and currently own the second-best record in the conference. After that, the Hornets return to Sacramento for their conference home opener on Saturday against the Anteaters of UC Irvine.
How To Watch
vs. UC Irvine Anteaters
Hornet Field // Sacramento, Calif.
Saturday, October 12 // 2:00 pm PT
Live Stats: HornetStats.com
About Last Week
Sacramento State played just one match this last week, dropping a heartbreaker at home to UC Davis, 2-1, in overtime.
Freshman Jaime Robles put Sacramento State ahead, 1-0, in the 24th minute with his first career goal. The lead held until the 86th minute, when the Aggies finally found the equalizer.
The Hornets' Matt Carnefix appeared to get the game-winner just moments later, but was called offside as the ball skipped into the back of the net. Just seconds into the first overtime period, the Aggies converted on a perfectly placed free kick to steal the match from the Hornets.
Robles on the Scoresheet
Freshman defender Jaime Robles scored his first career goal in Saturday's action. Robles, a life-long centerback, played at the top for the Hornets on Saturday and was successful, taking four shots - two on goal - and scoring once.
Saturday's overtime match against UC Davis was just the second of the year for the Hornets. Sacramento State did not play its first overtime match until the eighth contest of the year, a 1-1 (2OT) draw at home against the Pacific Tigers.
The Hornets are 0-1-1 in their two overtime matches this season. Last year, Sacramento State played into overtime four times, posting a 2-1-1 record in those four matches.
On The Road Again
Sacramento State will make a quick trip this week to Santa Barbara to face the Gauchos of UCSB. On the road this season, Sacramento State is an even 3-3. The team is averaging an even 1.00 goal/match on just under 11 shots/match.
Three of Sacramento State's six road matches this year have come against teams that were ranked or became ranked shortly after. Most recently, the Hornets were at #5 Indiana and #6 Saint Mary's.
Conference Kick Off
Saturday's home match against UC Davis was the final non-conference contest of the year for Sacramento State and the Big West Conference. The Hornets now begin league play on Wednesday at UC Santa Barbara.
The Hornets enter conference play with a 5-5-1 overall record, good for sixth in the Big West standings. Sacramento State was picked to finish eighth in the eight-team conference.
Sharing the Scoring
With a goal by Jaime Robles on Saturday, 10 different Hornets have found the back of the net for Sacramento State, including six who have scored multiple goals this year. Last season, just eight different Hornets scored a goal over the course of the entire 17-game schedule.
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