MEN'S SOCCER RALLIES, BUT FALLS TO DAYTON 2-1
DAYTON, Ohio - Despite a late rally to pull within one goal, the Sacramento State men's soccer team lost their season opener to the Dayton Flyers by a final score of 2-1 on Friday, Aug, 31.
With the loss the Hornets fall to 0-1 on the young season, while Dayton improves to 1-0.
In the first game for both teams at the Dayton Marriot Flyer Classic, the host Flyers kicked off the scoring in the 11th minute as Isaac Kissi took a cross from Tyler Imbrogno and found the back of the net to give Dayton a 1-0 advantage.
The Hornets had an opportunity to tie the score in the 37th minute, but junior Travis Britt's header hit the post, and the teams went into the locker room with the Flyers remaining on top 1-0.
The second half started as a defensive battle, with neither team having a good opportunity to score until the 81st minute as Imbrogno headed in a corner kick cross from Alex Torda to give the Flyers a 2-0 advantage.
Sacramento State would rally back quickly, as in the 84th minute junior Brady Nunes found himself on a breakaway and converted a try into the back of the net to pull the Hornets to within one at 2-1. The Hornets had one final shot opportunity to force overtime, by freshman Alex DeTorres shot in the 89th minute was wide, and the clock ran out on the Hornets.
Dayton was led by Imbrogno, who tallied a game high three points on a game high four shots.
Sacramento State got two shots from Br. Nunes, and five saves from sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Kenny to lead the way.
Dayton was able to enact a bit of revenge on the Hornets, as they avenged a 1-0 loss at Hornet Field in 2005, the only previous meeting between the two clubs.
The Hornets will vie for their first victory of the season in their second game at the Dayton Marriot Flyer Classic on Sunday, Sept. 2 as they take on the Butler Bulldogs. Kickoff is scheduled for 9 a.m. Pacific time.