MEN'S SOCCER CLOSES OUT SEASON ON THE ROAD AT SAN JOSE STATE
HORNETS CLOSE OUT SEASON AT SAN JOSE STATE
The Hornets will end their 2008 campaign at San Jose State on Saturday night, looking to end the season with their first winning record since the 2005 campaign. The Hornets were 1-0 victors over the Spartans to start the conference season on Oct. 5 at Hornet Soccer Field.
Sacramento State will also have a chance to improve their final standing in the MPSF, as they are currently tied with UNLV for fourth place. San Jose State is currently in third place, and would have a chance to finish in second place with a win and a pair of New Mexico losses. Denver has already clinched the MPSF title with a 7-0-1 mark, earning the conference’s automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Spartans are the lone team in the league who have tied the Pioneers, with a 3-3 decision in Colorado.
FOY’S GOLDEN GOAL GIVES HORNETS 1-0 VICTORY OVER UNLV IN DOUBLE OVERTIME
The Sacramento State men’s soccer team celebrated senior day before Sunday’s match with UNLV, but it was a freshman who provided the theatrics, as Matt Foy scored a golden goal in the 104th minute to give the Hornets a 1-0 conference victory in double overtime.
The Rebels controlled much of the first half, outshooting the Hornets 11-4 in the opening 45 minutes, but Sacramento State who had the best scoring chance of the half. In the 18th minute, sophomore Fernando Cabadas banged a shot from 18 yards out off the crossbar, leaving the score at 0-0.
In the second half, the Hornets once again had a strong scoring opportunity, as Blake Nunes had an open shot on net in the 54th minute that was headed out by a Rebel defender for a team save. The teams remained scoreless heading into overtime, where the clubs would each engage in their second overtime contest of the weekend.
In the first 10 minutes of extra soccer, both teams posted two shots, with UNLV putting both shots on frame, but again neither team could capitalize.
Foy entered the contest to start the second overtime, having not been on the field at all during the previous 100 minutes of play. His time to shine came in the 104th minute after the Hornets won the ball at midfield, and senior Omar Martinez took control of the ball. Martinez, the team’s leader in assists entering the matchup, slotted a perfect through ball that was tracked down by Foy, who shot the ball in one motion underneath a sliding Hawk Mummey for his second goal of the season and first career golden goal.
For the match, the Rebels outshot the Hornets 18-14, with UNLV’s Lamar Neagle leading all players with eight shots, including three on goal. Both ‘keepers played well, as Hornet freshman Bryan Oliver collected his five clean sheet of the season, making a career-high nine saves, while Mummey made two impressive punch saves, as well as several key collections of Hornet crosses.
The Hornets honored six seniors before the match, with each appearing in the starting lineup: P.J. Egloria, Martinez, Blake Nunes, Brady Nunes, Adam Owens and Josh Zimbrich.
HORNETS FALL IN DOUBLE OVERTIME TO NEW MEXICO, 2-1
The Sacramento State men’s soccer team fell to the New Mexico Lobos by a score of 2-1 in double overtime on Friday, Nov. 7 at Hornet Soccer Field.
The Hornets opened the scoring in the 18th minute, as senior Josh Zimbrich produced a cross from the near post that deflected off of a defender onto the awaiting foot of sophomore Ernesto Carranza, who found the back of the net for his second goal of the season, giving Sacramento State a 1-0 lead.
In the first half, Sacramento State outshot the Lobos 11-2, with the Hornets putting seven shots on goal.
The second half of play belonged to New Mexico, as they outshot the Hornets 11-0. The Lobos tied the score at 1-1 in the 58th minute, as Simon Ejdemyr scored on a penalty kick, his third PK conversion of the season.
The match remained tied after the first 90 minutes, moving the match into overtime. In the first overtime, Zimbrich juggled a ball he one at midfield, split three defenders before hitting a shot just wide of the mark in the 98th minute. New Mexico ended the match in the second overtime, as in the 104th minute, Justin Davis found the back of the net on a deep shot from 18 yards out off a feed from Chris Wright, giving the Lobos a 2-1 victory.
For the match the Lobos outshot the Hornets 18-14, with both teams posting seven shots on goal. Senior Blake Nunes and freshman Matthew Tellez led the Hornets with four shots apiece, while Wright and Michael Green led the Lobos with four shots each.