MEN'S SOCCER FALLS IN NON-CONFERENCE AFFAIR TO SAN JOSE STATE, 2-1
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The Sacramento State men's soccer team fell to the San Jose State Spartans in a non-conference match on Thursday, Oct. 8 at Spartan Stadium.
With the loss, the Hornets fall to 4-5-1, while the Spartans improve to 5-6-1.
The team's were scoreless through the first 45 minutes of play, with the Spartans putting the only shot on goal in the 11th minute, as Nick Carrara's shot was saved by sophomore goalkeeper Bryan Oliver.
At the half, San Jose State held a 6-3 advantage in shots.
The second half saw the Hornets get on the scoreboard first, as junior Ernesto Carranza dribbled down the right side of the pitch in the 52nd minute and uncorked a left-footed shot that found the back of the net, giving the Hornets a 1-0 lead.
San Jose State, however, would need less than two minutes to find the equalizer, as the Spartans were awarded a penalty kick following a foul in the box. Oscar Yniguez converted on the try, and tied the score at 1-1 in the 54th minute.
In the 70th minute, the Spartans would take the lead, as Ricky Dorrego's corner kick was headed into the back of the net by Nick Cukar for his fourth goal of the season, giving San Jose State a 2-1 advantage.
The Hornets would rally to post the remaining four of their five shots on goal in the contest in the final twenty minutes, but would be unable to find the back of the net. Carranza had a header saved in the 77th minute, and a shot saved in the 82nd minute. Junior Fernando Cabadas then had his attempt on goal saved in the 84th minute, and sophomore Matthew Tellez had the Hornets final attempt stopped in the 86th minute.
For the match, the Hornets outshot the Spartans 14-13. Carranza and Cabadas led the Hornets with three shots apiece, with Carranza putting all three of his efforts on frame. Oliver posted two saves in his first action in goal this season.
The Hornets open up Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play on Friday, October 16 as they host the Air Force Falcons. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Hornet Soccer Field.