MEN'S SOCCER KNOCKS OFF RIVAL UC DAVIS, 2-1
Matt Linenberger scored the game-winning goal in the 54th minute against UC Davis.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Behind goals from Matt Linenberger and Fernando Cabadas, the Sacramento State men's soccer team defeated rival UC Davis, 2-1, on Friday night at Hornet Field. The Hornets improve to 1-2-0 on the season after thier first win in 2010, while UC Davis falls to 1-2-0. The Hornets also pick up points in the Causeway Cup. It's now tied after the two schools split in men's and women's soccer.
After being down 1-0 at halftime, the Hornets came out strong in the second half. Just over five minutes into the second period, Cabadas lofted a crossing pass from near the end line that turned out not to be a pass after all, as it bent into the top corner of the net inside the far post.
A little more than three minutes later Cabadas lined up for a free kick that he blasted to the end line, 10 yards left of the far post, where Chris Bettencourt was able to use a header to redirect the ball back towards the net. With the ball slicing horizontally past the goalie, Linenberger finished off the play with a sliding shot that would prove to be the game winner.
Despite their strong play, it looked bad for the Hornets in the beginning. UC Davis' Lance Patterson scored just 10 seconds into the game after he redirected a pass from Jason Santos. His shot and goal was just the third touch by either team in the game. Sacramento State had a chance to tie the match in the first half after Chimdum Mez was fouled in the UC Davis box and the Hornets were awarded a penalty kick. Ernesto Carranza stepped up for the shot but put the ball off the post and the UC Davis defense was able to clear it without any damage.
The second half was all Hornets though, as UC Davis was limited to just three shots in the second period and the Hornets scored twice on five shots.
For the game, Sacramento State had a 13-6 edge in shots, 4-0 advantage in corner kicks and were favored 15-19 in total fouls. It was a chippy game with seven total yellow cards issued in the contest in addition to the 34 fouls.
The Hornets will have Saturday off before hitting the pavement for a short road trip to Stanford. The Cardinal were ranked No. 13 in the nation in the preseason but fell out of the top-25 after losing both of their first two games.