MEN'S SOCCER DROPPED BY SAINT MARY'S 1-0
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -The Sacramento State men's soccer team fell to the Saint Mary's Gaels by a score of 1-0 on Friday, Sept. 21 at Hornet Soccer Field.
With the loss, the Hornets fall to 0-6-1 while the Gaels improve to 3-2-0.
The first half was a defensive struggle, as both teams only posted two shots, and neither had a shot on goal. Just before halftime in the 45th minute, junior Kyle Beasley had a header go wide, in what was the Hornets best chance of the half.
The second half started much the same way, as neither team posted a shot in the first 15 minutes of action. Sacramento State then had its best chances of the game, as the Hornets strung together a trio of corner kicks within a 40 second time span in the 61st minute. On the second corner, served up by freshman Ernesto Carranza, fellow freshman Fernando Cabadas' had his header attempt blocked in what was the only shot attempt of the series.
The teams again went back and forth in the midfield until the 76th minute, when David Blanchard was able to flick in a header backwards over Hornet junior 'keeper Nick Gargiulo off of a free kick cross from Dylan Leslie to give the Gaels a 1-0 lead they would never relinquish.
Sacramento State was led by Cabadas' two shots, while Saint Mary's had two shots from Justin Kim. Gargiulo posted a save and was the lone active goalie on Sacramento State's roster as a result of the red card suspension of sophomore Ryan Kenny for his hand ball outside of the 18-yard box in last Sunday's match against UC Riverside.
For the match, both teams had five shots, with the Gaels putting two on goal and the Hornets putting one on goal. Sacramento State had five corners to Saint Mary's two.
The Hornets are back in action on Sunday, Sept. 23, as they host the UC Davis Aggies in Causeway Cup action. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at Hornet Soccer Field, and is game two of a doubleheader with women's soccer.
Fans that come to Sunday’s doubleheader wearing green items of clothing will receive one free admission to the contest with the purchase of each adult admission to the match.