Sac State men’s soccer picks up first win of season with 3-2 score

Hornets beat San Jose State, home opener scheduled for Sunday


Matthew Dyer

Former Sacramento State senior forward Alex Bettencourt dribbles the ball past a San Jose State defender at Hornet Field on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. Sac State beat San Jose State with a 3-2 score at the Spartan Soccer Complex on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021.

Dylan McNeill

In the first win of the season for Sacramento State’s men’s soccer team on Thursday, the Hornets’ went against San Jose State and left triumphant with a 3-2 win over the Spartans. 

The victory boosted the Hornets record this season to 1-2.

The Hornets struck first in the 35th minute when freshman forward Jhared Willcot scored; senior defender Tyler Moss and junior midfielder Oscar Govea assisted on the goal.

In the second half, the Hornets made it 2-0 when Govea scored a goal of his own, allowing sophomore defender Genaro Alfaro to pick up the first of his two assists.

After that, the Spartans got going on offense, scoring twice within seven minutes of each other on goals by senior midfielder Willy Miranda and senior defender Omar Lemus to knot the game at 2-2. 

The final goal was a shot by Sac State sophomore forward Michael Gonzalez in the 79th minute.

The Hornets squeaked out the victory despite being outshot 14-8 by the Spartans and maintaining a record of zero corner kicks to the Spartans’ five. 

The Hornets pulled ahead by scoring three goals on four shots while San Jose State made two goals on their six shots. Sac State junior goalkeeper Ryan Curtis made four saves before being replaced by freshman Mac Learned who allowed the two Spartan goals. 

Sac State also picked up two yellow cards in the second half from senior Matthew Korpontinos and freshman Axel Ramirez, both of which were for unsporting fouls.

The Hornets prepare to take on Gonzaga University in their home opener on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Hornet Field. The game with Gonzaga University will be available to stream here.