MEN'S SOCCER DRAWS, 0-0, WITH NEW MEXICO
Cesar Castillo recorded his fifth shutout in eight MPSF games and seventh of the season.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State men's soccer team earned their sixth draw of the season, fifth in conference play, when it played New Mexico to a scoreless tie on Friday night in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match at Hornet Soccer Field.
The Hornets' record now sits at 6-4-6 (1-2-5 MPSF) while the Lobos mark is 7-4-4 (4-2-2). New Mexico entered the game in first place in the MPSF Mountain Division while the Hornets were tied with Seattle for second in the Pacific Division. Seattle lost 2-1 to Air Force at home on Friday, giving head coach Michael Linenberger's squad sole possession of second behind Cal State Bakersfield, which has already clinched the Pacific Division title. San Jose State is in last and plays UNLV, the last place team in the Mountain Division, tonight.
In the Hornets' contest against New Mexico, the Lobos had a 25-13 edge in shots but the Hornets had seven shots on goal while New Mexico mustered six. Sacramento State also had a 3-2 advantage in corner kicks while the Lobos had a 7-6 lead in saves.
Sacramento State keeper Cesar Castillo recorded his whopping seventh shutout of the season and fifth in conference play. The freshman now has a 0.67 goals against average with 65 saves in 14 starts.
A total of 27 fouls were called and four yellow cards were issued, three to the Hornets.
The MPSF Tournament, hosted by Sacramento State on Nov. 11-14, is seeded by the top two teams in each division and the next two best teams.
The Hornets will play a critical match on Sunday against UNLV, as they need to stay ahead of or tie Seattle for second to advance to the conference tournament. Sacramento State and Seattle split their two games this season, but due to a 2-1 edge in goals scored, the Hornets hold the tiebreaker. Seattle will face off with Denver at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday and play Cal State Bakersfield next week. The Hornets play at San Jose State next Saturday to close out the season.
Sacramento State's match with UNLV on Sunday will also be Senior Day as the contributions of seniors Fernando Cabadas, Ernesto Carranza and Diego Marroquin will be recognized.