MEN'S SOCCER SUFFERS FIRST DEFEAT OF THE SEASON TO CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE, 2-1
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Camilo Rojas scored in the 88th minute to give Cal State Northridge a 2-1 victory over the Sacramento State men's soccer team on Sunday, Sept. 21.
With the loss, the Hornets fall to 5-1-1 on the season, while the Matadors improve to 4-3-0.
The Matadors opened the scoring in the 63rd minute, as Dylan Riley centered a pass to Moy Gomez in front of the goal, who fired it into the net to give Cal State Northridge a 1-0 lead.
Sacramento State provided the equalizer in the 74th minute as senior Omar Martinez connected on a cross from 25 yards out, finding the head of fellow senior Blake Nunes, who headed it into the net, tying the score at 1-1. For Nunes, it was his fourth goal of the season and eighth of his two-year career at Sacramento State, while Martinez provided his third assist of the year on the goal.
With both teams preparing for what seemed to be an inevitable overtime session, Cal State Northridge was able to provide the game-winner in the 88th minute. Cameron Sims sent a cross in front of the goal that found the foot of Rojas, who beat Hornet 'keeper Bryan Oliver and tallied the game-winning goal.
The Matadors outshot the Hornets 19-9, including an 11-6 advantage during the final half of play. Sophomore Ernesto Carranza and freshmen Chris Bettencourt and Matthew Tellez each posted two shots to lead the Hornets, while Cal State Northridge had five players record three shots apiece. Oliver collected five saves in the Hornet goal, while Kevin Guppy recorded two saves for the Matadors.
The Hornets will look to rebound as they retake their home pitch on Thursday for a Causeway Cup clash with No. 23 ranked UC Davis. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. from Hornet Soccer Field.