SACRAMENTO, Calif. - An early Sacramento State foul resulted in a fourth-minute penalty kick for Portland, and that goal proved the difference in hard-fought, 1-0 Hornets loss against the Pilots on Monday night.
With the loss, Sacramento State falls to 1-5 overall this season. Portland improves to 4-2 after recording its third straight shutout.
Sacramento State went to Portland looking to snap a two-game skid but opened things on the wrong foot, committing a foul in their own box just over three minutes into the match. The penalty kick was taken by Portland's Brandon Cambridge, who sent the ball into the bottom right corner for the game's first and only score. Although Hornets keeper Ryan Curtis judged correctly on the direction of the kick, the ball shot past his outstretched hands by mere inches.
The goal was the only one allowed by Curtis and the Sacramento State defense, who otherwise were excellent on Monday night, limiting the Pilots to seven shots overall, including just two on goal. Other than the penalty kick, Curtis saved the only other shot on frame against him. Both defenses played extremely well, save for the early Hornet mistake in the box.
Sacramento State outshot the Pilots on Monday, 11-7, and placed more shots on goal, 3-2, but were unable to break through for the equalizer.
One of those shots came right at the end of the match as Sacramento State scrambled to find the equalizer in the match's final seconds. Matthew Korpontinos played a corner kick into the box where a leaping Jhared Willcot came up just short of connecting for the header.
Oscar Govea was responsible for three of the team's shots but it was Christo Cervantes (two shots), Titus Washington (one), and Jaime Robles (one) who each placed one shot on goal for the Hornets on Monday.
The challenging road matches continue for Sacramento State as the Hornets head next to take on the Pacific Tigers (4-1), winners of three straight, Thursday night in Stockton. Thursday night's match will stream live online on the WCC Sports Network.
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