MEN'S SOCCER COMPLETES UNBEATEN CONFERENCE REGULAR SEASON WITH 4-3 TRIUMPH OVER SAN JOSE STATE
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State men's soccer team completed a unbeaten conference regular season with a wild 4-3 victory over San Jose State on Saturday, November 11 at Hornet Soccer Field.
With the win, the Hornets finish the regular season with a 6-0-1 record in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, and improved their overall record to 10-5-2 on the season. With the loss, the Spartans fall to 9-9-1, 4-3-0 in the MPSF. Sacramento State will enter next week's conference tournament in Denver as the number one seed, earning a first round bye.
The first half was all Sacramento State, as it took the Hornets just 1:39 to light up the scoreboard. Freshman Oscar Torrico sent a through ball to senior Jason Duvall, who crossed the ball to the right foot of junior Fernando Cabadas, who connected on his first goal of the season, making the score 1-0 in favor of the Hornets.
The lead increased to 2-0 in the 22nd minute as Torrico sent a through ball, this time to junior Ernesto Carranza, who sent a ball to the top of the box to Duvall. Duvall blasted the ball for his first goal of the season, and second in his career, with both coming against San Jose State.
The Hornets weren't done in the first half, however, as in the 34th minute Cabadas sent a cross to the back post that was headed into the back of the net by senior David von Stockhausen for his second goal of the season, making the score 3-0.
But San Jose State fought back in the second half, as in the 59th minute Robert Jackson scored on a blast from 10 yards out off of feeds from Christian Romero and Josh Boemecke, pulling the Spartans to within two goals at 3-1.
The score moved to 3-2 in the 67th minute, as Nick Cukar scored deep inside the box for his sixth goal of the season, cutting the lead to one.
Cukar struck again to tie the match in the 82nd minute, as Romero sent a through ball that was flicked on by Colby Moore to Cukar, who blasted it in from 15 yds out, making the score 3-3.
But the Hornets would have the answer on the restart, as Sacramento State played the ball back to von Stockhausen, who sent a ball in the air that cleared a San Jose State defender and found the foot of freshman Max Alvarez. The MPSF's leading scorer, Alvarez beat one more defender off the dribble and chipped 'keeper Tyler Newman from 30 yards out, giving the Hornets the 4-3 victory.
For the match, San Jose State outshot the Hornets 17-14, but Sacramento State put eight shots on frame to six for the Spartans.
Cabadas led the Hornets with six shots, including two on goal, while Duvall added three shots. Alvarez scored his ninth goal of the season, and third of the game-winning variety. His nine goals move him into third place in the school's single-season history.
Senior Nick Gargiulo played the first 74 minutes of the contest, allowing two goals while making two saves, while freshman Bryan Oliver played the final 16 minutes in goal.
San Jose State was led by Justin Castro, who posted five shots, while Cukar finished with four shots. Jonathan Lester played the first 45 minutes in goal, allowing three goals while making two saves. Newman allowed one goal and posted two saves in the final 45 minutes.
The match marked the final home appearance for six Hornet seniors: Kyle Beasley, Scott Crandall, Jason Duvall, Nick Gargiulo, Ryan Kenny and David von Stockhausen.
Sacramento State will open conference tournament play on Friday, Nov. 13 in the MPSF semifinals, taking on the lowest remaining seed in the tournament.