BAUMAN'S LATE GOAL LEADS MEN'S SOCCER TO 2-1 VICTORY AGAINST SEATTLE U
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Freshman Maxx Bauman scored his first career goal with less than four minutes to play and the Sacramento State men's soccer team defeated Seattle U, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon at Hornet Field.
Maxx Bauman scored his first career goal in the 87th minute and the Hornets won, 2-1.
The Hornets improved to 6-4-1 (2-1-0 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) while the Redhawks fell to 1-7-2 (0-3-0). Sacramento State is now in second place in the Pacific Division of the MPSF and has the third best league record of all eight MPSF teams.
Max Alvarez started the scoring in the 26th minute when he took a beautiful crossing pass in the box from Chris Bettencourt and blasted a shot across the face of the keeper to the far post.
That 1-0 lead stood at halftime but Seattle answered just 56 seconds after the break. Sacramento State was whistled for a hand ball in the box in the 46th minute and on the ensuing penalty kick, Seattle U's Ben Strair connect inside the left post for his first goal of the season.
After a crisp first half, the pace of the play slowed down in the second period. Both sides started to get more physical, evidenced by four yellow cards and 20 combined fouls being called in the second half after no cards and just nine combined fouls were issued in the first half.
But eventually the Hornets broke free from the slugfest with a late game-winning goal. Alvarez was again involved, this time earning the assist after he dribbled past a defender and blasted a shot off the near post that deflected across the box. Bauman was able to beat his defender and slide at the ball, knocking it in the net for his first career goal.
Sacramento State had a 15-6 edge in shots while both teams each took three corner kicks. Seattle U had a 6-1 lead in saves and was whistled for three more fouls than the Hornets.
The Hornets will face CSU Bakersfield and Seattle U once again next weekend, this time on the road.