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Men's Soccer Weekly Notes, 10/15 - PDF

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Big West play continues for Sacramento State with another home and road week. The Hornets start this week's action Wednesday night on the road at CSUN before hosting Cal State Fullerton at Hornet Field on Saturday. 

How To Watch

at CSUN Matadors
Performance Soccer Field // Northridge, Calif.
Wednesday, October 16 // 7:00 pm PT
Watch: BigWest.org/watch
Live Stats: GoMatadors.com/coverage
Twitter: @SacStMSoccer

vs. Cal State Fullerton Titans
Hornet Field // Sacramento, Calif.
Saturday, October 19 // 2:00 pm PT
Tickets: HornetSports.com/tickets
Watch: BigWest.org/watch
Live Stats: HornetStats.com
Twitter: @SacStMSoccer

About Last Week

Sacramento State opened Big West Conference play last week, traveling to UC Santa Barbara before hosting UC Irvine at Hornet Field. The Hornets went 0-1-1 to start league play. 

On Wednesday, Sacramento State took on a tough UC Santa Barbara squad that was receiving votes in the United Soccer Coaches Poll and ranked in another. The Hornets were shut out, 2-0, their fourth shutout loss of the season. 

On Saturday, the Hornets rallied late to come back from a 2-0 deficit, eventually forcing a 2-2 draw against the visiting UC Irvine Anteaters. Matt Carnefix scored the team's first goal in the 76th minute before Luis Urias delivered the equalizer on an excellent header in the 88th minute. The match was the third to go to overtime for the Hornets this season. 

Home/Road Splits

Like last week, Sacramento State's two matches this week are split, first on the road on Wednesday and then at home again on Saturday. 

So far on the road this season, Sacramento State is 3-4. Among those three road wins is a big 2-1 result at San Diego, which at the time was undefeated and receiving votes (currently ranked 23rd). Two of the losses have come against ranked opponents, at #5 Indiana and at #6 Saint Mary's. The Hornets average just under a goal scored per game on the road while allowing nearly two. 

At home, the Hornets have posted an even 2-2-2 record, including a big shutout win over #25 Air Force, 2-0. The team scored a season-high four goals in a home win, 4-2 over San Francisco, and average exactly two goals per match when playing at Hornet Field. 

Around the Big West

All eight teams in the Big West have played two league matches as the conference heads into its second week of competition. Only two teams remain undefeated - UC Santa Barbara and UC Davis, both 2-0 - while Cal State Fullerton and Cal Poly are both winless (0-2). Sacramento State is currently sixth in the league with an 0-1-1 Big West record. 

Urias On The Scoresheet

Senior defender Luis Urias scored his first career goal in Saturday's 2-2 draw against UC Irvine. The play began with a corner kick by Oscar Govea, which was headed cleanly by Jaime Robles before headed into the back of the net by Urias. It was an extremely clean and efficient play - three touches, two of the headers, and a goal. 

Carnefix Climbing

Matt Carnefix's Saturday goal was his third of the season, matching his career-high. Carnefix also scored three goals during his sophomore season. Additionally, he is the third Hornet with three goals this season, joining Benji Kikanovic and Oscar Govea for the team lead. He has seven points, tied second most on the squad (also, Arath Chavez). 

Sharing the Scoring

With the goal by Luis Urias on Saturday, 11 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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