SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State is back on the road following its most recent home contest against UNLV. Up first, the Hornets take on the Pilots of Portland Monday night in Oregon before returning to the Golden State to take on the Pacific Tigers Thursday in Stockton.
All home Sacramento State men's soccer games will stream live online on ESPN+. All streaming links, news, and updates can always be found by visiting the 2021 Men's Soccer Schedule online at HornetSports.com.
About Last Week
Sacramento State played just once last week, a Friday night home match against the visiting UNLV Rebels. The match got off to a slow start, but picked up when Sacramento State scored the first goal of the match on a thrilling bit of action involving Tyler Moss (assist), Titus Washington (assist), and Oscar Govea (goal). The 43rd minute goal put the Hornets up, 1-0, but it was all UNLV in the second half as the Rebels left Sacramento with a 3-1 win.
Against the WCC
Both of Sacramento State's opponents this week - Portland on Monday and Pacific on Thursday - are members of the West Coast Conference. Including these two matches, the Hornets will have played five of its first seven matches against WCC opponents. In total, Sacramento State will play six of its nine non-conference matches against the WCC, including four on the road. In 2019, the team's last full season, the Hornets also faced a WCC team six times. Sacramento State went 3-2-1 in those matches.
Monday's match against Portland will be just the sixth matchup between the two teams in the Div. I era (1991-pres.). Portland holds a slight advantage in the all-time series, leading 3-1-1. The Hornets have had most of their success recently, defeating the Portland Pilots in Sacramento in 2016, 2-1. The last match between the two teams ended in a draw, as the Hornets battled the #22 Portland Pilots to a 1-1 draw in double overtime in Portland.
Thursday night's road match at Pacific is the seventh matchup between the Hornets and Tigers in the Div. I era (1991-pres.). The two teams have been perfectly even in their past contests, splitting the all-time series 2-2-2. Dating back to 1992, the Hornets won two straight, the Tigers won straight, and the two teams have played to a draw in their last two.
Sacramento State's last match against Pacific was played at Hornet Field, a 1-1 draw, in 2019. The two teams last faced off in Stockton in 2018, a scoreless draw in double overtime.
Sacramento State midfielder Oscar Govea scored his second goal of the season on Friday, a brilliant shot from the top of the box into the bottom right corner. With the goal, Govea is now tied with Michael Gonzalez for the team lead with two. Govea leads the Hornets in total points with five, having contributed an assist in the Hornets' 3-2 win at San Jose State.
In addition to leading the team in points, Oscar Govea also paces the Sacramento State offense with 11 shots this season. His 11 total shots also rank fifth in the Big West. His five total points rank just outside the league's top five, checking in at sixth.
Moss Lends An Assist
Senior defender Tyler Moss has already contributed a three assists early in the season, collecting his third last Friday against UNLV. Moss played a perfect ball forward to Titus Washington, who made a quick pass into the middle for scorer Oscar Govea.
Moss's three assists are a career-high and lead Sacramento State and is tied for most in the Big West Conference (Neil Boyal, Cal Poly).
In addition to a trying year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sacramento State men's soccer program was struck with a pair of tragic losses this last year.
In January of 2021, Sacramento State forward, sophomore Arath Chavez, died in a motorcycle accident in Southern California. Arath, 20, was known for his smile and outgoing personality in the Athletic Department at Sacramento State and in the Campus Assistance Migrant Program. He was also a talented player on the field, scoring two goals and adding five assists in his first active season in 2019.
Not two weeks later, the team learned of another loss as the program's honorary captain, Talon Bonanno, passed away after a four-year battle with cancer. He was 16 years old. Talon was diagnosed with stage 4 high-risk Neuroblastoma at the age of 13 in March of 2017. He became an official member of the program and was named honorary captain at Hornet Field in September of 2017.
The Hornets celebrated both Arath and Talon with their families earlier this season.
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