SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento State outshot the Gonzaga Bulldogs, 15-13, on Sunday, but were unable to find the back of the net, falling 1-0 in their Sunday afternoon home opener.
With the loss, Sacramento State falls to 1-3 on the year while Gonzaga improves to 2-2.
The Hornets and Bulldogs looked evenly matched to start Sunday's contest, trading possessions for the first 30 minutes. Sacramento State appeared to be the aggressor early, but despite several good looks, were unable to put the ball on goal.
Gonzaga scored the matches lone goal in the 30th minute, a wild backward tap off the heel of the Bulldog's Angelo Calfo. The midfielder deflected the ball backward after receiving a pass in the box from his teammate Noah Bushey.
The Hornets had opportunities to counter, but often were a step too late taking a shot. When they did take the shot, they managed to put just three of 15 on frame.
Eloge Iradukunda had one of the closest chances for the Hornets, after an incredible head save by the Gonzaga defense prevented his own header from shooting into the top of the goal for the equalizer in the 65th minute.
In goal, keeper Ryan Curtis made six saves – three in each period - while facing down 13 total shots.
In addition to leading in shots, 15-13, the Hornets also led in corner kicks, 10-7. Six of those 10 came in the first half, though again Sacramento State was unable to convert on their opportunities.
Six different players saw action for all 90 minutes on Sunday as the Hornets used just five players off the bench. Of the reserves, Iradukunda's 48 minutes led the way.
Prior to kick off on Sunday, Sacramento State celebrated the life of its former honorary captain, Talon Bonanno, who passed away in January after a four-year battle with cancer. The Hornets welcomed Talon's family to Hornet Field for a special pregame ceremony.
The Hornets will return to action in less than a week when the team hosts UNLV right back here at Hornet Field on Friday, Sept. 10 at 5 p.m. The team will host another pregame ceremony, this time to celebrate and honor their former teammate, Arath Chavez, who passed away in a traffic accident, also in January.
Friday's match will stream live on ESPN+. For the latest men's soccer news, notes, and schedule, be sure to visit the Sacramento State men's soccer homepage online at HornetSports.com.