MORAGA, Calif. - In his first start of the season, freshman Zlatan Kuckovic set the tone for Sacramento State with an early goal in the third minute, leading the Hornets to a 3-0 shutout of Bowling Green on Sunday afternoon at the Saint Mary''s Classic.
The Oakland native quickly made an impact scoring his first career goal less then three minutes after the start, one-timing his shot past Falcon goalkeeper Brent Petrus.
Senior Pedro Lupercio started the play finding room along the endline and sending Kuckovic a cross inside the box.
Sacramento State improves to 2-4-0 on the year, while Bowling Green drops to 1-4-1.
Junior transfer Kurtis Lindsey added the Hornets'' second goal in the 54th minute. Kuckovic and senior Eliot Ricks-Chambers combined to begin the attack before Ricks-Chambers connected with Lindsey, who buried his strike to the near post.
Ricks-Chambers, who leads the team in scoring with two goals and two assists, iced the game in the 86th minute with a one-touch finish to the far post.
It was again Lupercio provding a cross from the sideline. The Dixon, Calif., native now has seven career assists.
Ricks-Chambers, a 2002 graduate of Kennedy High School, has recorded a goal or an assist in his last three matches.
Sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Gangnuss received his first start of the season, making four saves to preserve the shutout.
Gangnuss was assisted by defenders Utodi Madu, Adam Owens, Ismael Echeverria and Shelby Johnson, who manned the back line during the match, limiting Bowling Green to just four shots on frame.
It was the first time the Hornets have shut out an opponent this season and also their first win away from home.
Ricks-Chambers was a force offensively throughout the match, taking six shots (four on goal.)
Sacramento State will next play in the Cal Legacy Classic, playing Stanford at 12 p.m. on Friday and Cal at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.