MEN'S SOCCER FALLS, 2-1, AT AIR FORCE
Matt Linenberger scored but the Hornets lost 2-1 at Air Force on Sunday afternoon.
USAFA, Colo. - The Sacramento State men's soccer team lost, 2-1, at Air Force on Sunday afternoon in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match-up.
The Hornets fall to 6-4-5 (1-2-4 MPSF) with the loss while the Falcons improve to 6-9-0 (4-3-0) after their victory. Sacramento State came into Sunday's game in second place in the Pacific Division of the MPSF while Air Force was in second in the Mountain Division.
Matt Linenberger scored his second goal of the season in the 27th minute when he blasted in a shot from 18 yards out and the Hornets took a 1-0 lead into the break.
But Air Force would answer after halftime. In the 56th minute Kyle Moses scored his third goal of the season after taking a cross in the box from Zane Dydasco and finishing from 12 yards away.
Kevin Durr notched his fourth goal of the season when he scored the game-winner in the 75th minute. After a corner kick bounced around in the box, Durr took a point blank shot that sealed the deal, despite Air Force being down a man after a red card was issued to Moses in the 61st minute.
Five yellow cards were also issued, with the Hornets given three.
As a team, Air Force had the edge in shots (23-10) and shots on goal (8-3) while the Hornets had the advantage in corner kicks (10-8) and saves (6-2). Both teams were whistled for 12 fouls.
Hornet goalkeeper Cesar Castillo took just his third loss and allowed more than one goal for only the second time this season - the first since surrendering four scores to No. 11 Duke on Sept. 5.
The Hornets will be back in action next weekend with a pair of crucial home games. Sacramento State and New Mexico will square off at 4 p.m. on Friday and the Hornets will meet UNLV at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
In other conference action, Seattle defeated UNLV on Sunday to move into a tie for second place with Hornets in the Pacific Division with seven points. San Jose State sits in last with five points and Cal State Bakersfield leads the group with 15 points and an unbeaten 4-0-3 conference mark.
In the Mountain Division, New Mexico leads with 13 points, Air Force is in second with 12 points, Denver is in third with 11 points and UNLV is last with seven points.
The winners of each division, plus the next top four teams in terms of total points, advance to the MPSF postseason tournament hosted by the Hornets on Nov. 11-14. Tickets for the tournament are available online at www.hornetsports.com/ticket, by emailing email@example.com or by calling 916-278-5429.