DJ Josh’s Summary of Sac State vs UC Irvine (Men’s Soccer)

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Alright KSSU blog readers, I promised some more soccer stuff here so here it is: My first Hornet soccer game review! There will definitely be more of there to come and (hopefully) they’ll only get better.

This game was really a tale of two halves for Sac State as the Hornets saw a one goal advantage give way to a 2–1 defeat in the second half of this Big West Conference game.

UC Irvine had the run of play for the first ten minutes or so, earning two corner kicks in the first three minutes. In the tenth minute the Hornets got their first dangerous opportunity as #18 Chimdum Mez hit a shot off the post and out. From then on the Hornets had the run of play, getting a goal in the 17th minute scored by #5 Almog Strikowski. The goal came off a good team move by the Hornets, with Mez hitting a pass out wide right to #10 Edwin Luna, who beat his man and sent in a low cross for Strikowski to tap in. The Hornets continued looking dangerous throughout the first half, especially #15 Isaac Ikyurav, who was causing problems all day long for Irvine. The game got a little heated following a collision in the box as three players were going for a ball. From then on the game got a little chippy with harder tackles and more physical play.

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The second half was all UC Irvine- they took control over the game right at the whistle and never gave it back. #11 Cameron Iwasa hit a shot off the post in the first ten minutes but got a goal just eight minutes later when his shot took a deflection off a Hornet defender and went in. Irvine pinned the Hornets in their half of the field for much of the second half but did not score until another Iwasa goal with two minutes left to play effectively ended the Sac State’s hope for a draw. Right as the Hornets got the game back underway there was an incident (I didn’t really see it) in which a Sac State player ended up on the ground. Players on both teams came together for a little shoving match and Irvine’s Christopher Santana was shown a red card, giving the Hornets a man advantage and dangerous free kick. However, the resulting play was one of the strangest that I’ve ever seen from a player. The Hornet player (Edwin Luna) who got the pass off of the free kick got caught in possession and had the ball taken from him. He then chased down the Irvine player and tackled him from behind, earning himself a yellow card and giving Irvine a chance to kill off the game.



  1. Great article! Let’s catch a game sometime!

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