SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento State scored the first goal of the match on Friday, but it was UNLV who came away with the win as the Hornets fell to the Rebels, 3-1.
With the loss, Sacramento State falls to 1-4 on the year. UNLV improves to 3-2.
Both the Hornets and the Rebels looked slow to start Friday night's match. The teams combined for just two total shots through the first 20 minutes, one attempt per side.
UNLV started to pick up steam midway through the half, however, generating several good looks later in the period. Despite the new pressure on the Sacramento State back line, the Rebels were unable to find the back of the net.
Ultimately it was the Hornets who struck first, scoring the go-ahead goal in the 44th minute. The action began with an excellent forward pass from Tyler Moss to a charging Titus Washington down the field. Washington took a quick touch before crossing the ball into the middle, where Oscar Govea was waiting at the top of the box.
Govea struck the ball perfectly, putting a strong touch on the ball and sending it screaming into the bottom right corner of the net for his second goal of the season. Moss picked up his team-leading third assist of the year while Washington recorded his first.
Sacramento State took its 1-0 lead into the half, but UNLV was far from finished. The Rebels opened the second half with a new quickness they hadn't shown in the first half and caught the Hornets on their heels a number of times, eventually scoring three times in the second half to take a convincing 3-1 lead.
The match was incredibly physical with both sides whistled for several fouls. Sacramento State took the brunt of the official's whistle and was called for 16 fouls to UNLV's eight. In addition, the Hornets were shown six yellow cards to UNLV's two.
Prior to all of Friday night's action, the Hornets and their fans took a moment to celebrate the life of Arath Chavez, a Sacramento State student-athlete and member of the men's soccer program who passed away last January.
Rest easy, Arath ����️— Sacramento State Men's Soccer (@SacStMSoccer) September 11, 2021
Our deepest thank you to the Chavez family and to those who came to today's match to support them. pic.twitter.com/CTXrcrfVcz
Arath's family, members of the Campus Assistance Migrant Program, and Arath's classmates, friends, and fellow student-athletes joined the team on the field to celebrate Arath and his impact on the Sacramento State community in a special pregame ceremony.
The Hornets will return to action in just two days with a trip to Portland, Oregon. Sacramento State will take on the Pilots on their home pitch on Monday, Sept. 13. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. 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.