Sept. 21, 2008
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Camilo Rojas scored the game-winning goal in the 88th minute, giving the Matadors (4-3-0) a 2-1 victory over the visiting Sacramento State Hornets (5-1-1).
The win snaps the Matador's two-game losing streak, and gives the Hornets their first defeat of the season.
After a defense-oriented first half that found both teams going into the locker room tied at 0-0, the Matador offense came to life in the second half, and created a number of scoring opportunities all period long.
After narrowly missing the net on their first two scoring opportunities of the half, Dylan Riley earned his third assist of the season as his cross found Moy Gomez in the middle of the penalty box, who beat Hornet goalkeeper Brian Oliver for the first goal of the game.
With Gomez parked right in front of the goal, Oliver had no chance whatsoever of deflecting the shot, the third goal of the season for Gomez.
Sacramento State regained their poise, and mounted an offensive surge of their own midway through the half, as a header at the 74th minute by Hornet forward Blake Nunez found the back of the net and erased the Matador lead.
The last fifteen minutes of the match were played at a furious pace, as both teams created a number of scoring opportunities that tested each respective goalkeeper.
A diving save by Matador goalkeeper Kevin Guppy kept the Matadors in the game as he blocked what looked to be the game-winning goal for the Hornets.
With the clock winding down to the final minutes of the game, Rojas erased any chance of going into overtime as he received a deftly placed crossing pass from Cameron Sims, ended any chances of going into overtime as his second goal of the season sealed the victory for the Matadors.
For the third straight game the Matadors out-shot their opponent, this time by a 19-9 margin, as six different Matadors were able crack the Hornet defense to create scoring opportunities of their own.
Going into Sunday's game, the Hornets had only allowed one goal in their first six games of the season. All three goals that the Hornets have given up this season have come from the feet of a Big West opponent, as UC Irvine scored the other goal against the Hornets earlier in the season.
Next Sunday, the Matadors travel to UCLA and face a Bruin team looking for revenge on their home field. These two teams faced one another at Matador Field last season, with the men in red shutting out the nationally-ranked Bruins 3-0. Kick-off is schedule for 2:30 p.m.