SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Sacramento State continued its tour of the Bay Area with a Sunday night match on the road at Santa Clara. The Hornets scored a goal late as Michael Gonzalez found the back of the net for the first time in his career, but it was too late as Sacramento State fell to the Broncos, 4-1.
With the loss, Sacramento State starts the year 0-2-0. Santa Clara improves to 2-0-0.
By scoring on Sunday, Gonzalez became the second Hornet in as many matches this season to score his first career goal. Gonzalez joined Axel Ramirez, who converted on a penalty kick in last Thursday's match for his first career score.
For Mason, the assist was also the first of his career.
Before Sacramento State found the back of the net late, it was Santa Clara running away with things early on Sunday. The Broncos scored the first of four goals in the 10th minute.
Santa Clara doubled its lead in the 25th before adding its third goal of the half in the 40th. 44 minutes later, the Broncos made it a 4-0 match with another goal in the 84th minute.
In total in the first half, Santa Clara piled up 11 shots while Sacramento State attempted just five. Santa Clara also led in corner kick opportunities, 7-2.
Things slowed down in the second half as Sacramento State managed to push the ball more on the offensive end of the field. The Hornets worked five corners and took six shots, though were unable to break through the Santa Clara defense until the 87th minute.
In total, Sacramento State was outshot, 22-11, including 15-6 in shots on goal. Santa Clara led in corners, 9-7, while the Hornets were whistled for 10 fouls to the Broncos' seven.
Ryan Curtis spent the first half in goal for Sacramento State, making four saves and allowing three goals. Mac Learned manned the position in the second half, allowing a fourth goal and making seven saves.
Sacramento State will remain on the road for its next match, a Thursday, Sept. showing at San Jose State at 7 p.m. The Hornets are next at home on Sunday, Sept. 5 when they host the visiting Gonzaga Bulldogs. that match is part of a doubleheader with the women's team.
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