Men’s soccer earns second consecutive win at home

Jordan Santos

Sacramento State (2-2-1) defeated Cleveland State (2-4) 2-0 for its second consecutive victory on Sunday afternoon at Hornet Field.

The Hornets had early success by scoring on their first two shots of the game.

The squad got on the board early in the 13th minute when senior Chimdum Mez recorded his third goal of the season.

Mez was assisted by freshman Cylus Sandoval who passed the ball from the top of the box to just right of the goal, which allowed Mez to connect on the far side.

Mez discussed after the game what it meant to win two consecutive games at home.

“It feels great,” Mez said. “Especially just for the fact that we’re home and all our fans get to enjoy all the dance celebrations and see our dance celebrations and us having a good time and winning. Hopefully we can keep that going the rest of the season.”

Less than seven minutes later, the Hornets took a demanding 2-0 lead. The goal came after a free kick delivered by midfielder Andres Garcia about 30 yards out and found its way to defender Cody Hoster, who scored off a header.

Garcia talked about the mindset of the team coming off two victories this weekend.

“Two wins coming off of two losses,” Garcia said. “We have an even record. We just got momentum going for us now and there are so many areas we can still improve on.”

The key statistic of the game was the Hornets ability to outshoot Cleveland State in shots attempted, 16-8. Four of Sac State’s goals were on target and two found the net.

Coach Michael Linenberger talked after the game about his team’s progression on offense.

“It was an interesting game today,” Linenberger said. “Cleveland had a lot of the play early on in terms of possession but they never really broke us down. Really the first time we got forward on the counter we scored and that started to change the game a little bit.”

The Hornets have three games left at home at Hornet Field. Next week the men will host Grand Canyon on Friday and Air Force on Sunday.