Oct 10, 2018
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento State men’s soccer team jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the CSUN Matadors and despite allowing a late Matadors score, was able to fend off the late CSUN attack and hold on for the 2-1 Big West win.
The win moves Sacramento State (4-7-2, 2-1-0 Big West) into second place in the Big West with six points. They jumped CSUN (7-5-2, 1-1-1 Big West), who entered the match in second.
“It’s a great win for us,” said head coach Michael Linenberger after the match. “CSUN is a very good team and we knew we were going to have our work cut out for us. They’re explosive.”
That explosiveness was on display in the first half as CSUN piled up seven shots, including five on goal. Freshman keeper Ryan Curtis kept things even for the Hornets making five saves through the first 45 minutes. Just one match after a career-high eight saves at UC Irvine, Curtis made seven total saves Wednesday night.
Sacramento State matched CSUN in the first half, also taking seven shots in the opening half, but managed to place just one on goal.
Things changed quickly in the second half as Sacramento State scored the match’s first goal in the 48th minute. Justin Bedig played a great ball at midfield, sending it forward to a charging Abraham Rosales. After playing the ball off his head and putting it right at his feet, Rosales beat his defender and fired a great left-footed shot past the CSUN keeper.
The goal was the first of the season and the first of his career for Rosales. For Bedig, the assist was his second this season. He collected a team-high seven assists last year.
Sacramento State went ahead 2-0 in the 67th minute thanks to a goal from Antonio Andres. The play started with …