MEN'S SOCCER STAYS UNBEATEN WITH 2-0 TRIUMPH OVER MENLO
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State men's soccer team improved to 4-0-1 on the season with a 2-0 victory over Menlo College on Friday, Sept. 12 at Hornet Soccer Field.
The Hornets controlled the matchup from the opening whistle, but struggled to finish on several early opportunities. For the second straight match, the first goal scored for the Hornets was an own goal, as in the ninth minute, Menlo scored into their own net to give Sacramento State a 1-0 lead they would hold at intermission.
Sacramento State continued to dominate play in the second half, as the Hornet reserves were called upon and eventually found the scoring column. Following a corner, Menlo controlled the ball but then turned it over onto the awaiting right foot of freshman Matt Foy, who blasted it into the net from the top of the 18 to stretch the Hornets lead to 2-0 in the 79th minute. The Hornets would hold on to win the match 2-0 and continue the longest unbeaten start to a season in school history.
The stat sheet was fairly one-sided, as the Hornets outshot the visiting Oaks by a 25-3 margin. Senior Blake Nunes led the way for the Hornets with 10 shots, including four on goal. Junior Ryan Kenny, who played the first half, and junior Nick Gargiulo, who played the second, kept Menlo off the scoreboard, recording a save apiece.
The Oaks, whose lone substitution during the game was a switch of goalkeepers at half, had nine second half saves recorded by Brian Periman.
Sacramento State returns to their home pitch on Sunday, Sept. 14 as they face the Saint Mary's Gaels. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. from Hornet Soccer Field, and will feature a halftime exhibition by TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer), which is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities.