MEN'S SOCCER FALLS AT SEATTLE, 1-0, ON LAST SECOND GOAL
Fernando Cabadas took five shots on Sunday but the Hornets could not score in a 1-0 loss.
SEATTLE, Wash. - The Sacramento State men's soccer team lost in excuciating fashion on Sunday afternoon, falling 1-0 to Seattle in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match when the Redhawks scored the game-winning goal with just 11 seconds remaining in regulation. The Hornets fall to 5-3-3 (0-1-2 MPSF) while Seattle improves to 3-5-3 (1-1-1).
This is the Hornets' first MPSF loss since Nov. 15, 2008 when the team fell at San Jose State. Head coach Michael Linenberger's squad went 6-0-1 in MPSF play last season en route to regular-season and conference tournament titles. The loss also snapped an eight match unbeaten streak. The school record is 10.
Seattle placed just two shots on goal in a back-and-forth game but pulled out the win when Troy Bratten's cross found Nico De la Cruz in the box as time ticked away in the final minute of play. It was De la Cruz's first goal of the season.
The Hornets have not scored a goal in any of their three conference games this season after outscoring their opponents 14-10 in eight non-conference games.
Sacramento State had the edge in both shots (16-13) and corner kicks (7-2) and forced Seattle keeper Jake Feener to make five saves while Hornet goalie Cesar Castillo had to make just one stop before the game-winner was blasted in by De La Cruz.
It was a clean game as the teams combined for only 17 fouls and no cards were issued.
The Hornets will look for some revenge this weekend, as they play Seattle again at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15 and then play at Cal State Bakersfield at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17.