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Hernandez’s first NCAA goal nets a win late against Cal State Bakersfield

Cagey conversion on a second chance opportunity off a set piece earned San Diego State men’s soccer their first win of the season
Isabella Biunno
San Diego State forward Austin Brummett (10) narrowly misses deflecting a cross to the box as Cal State Bakersfield goalkeeper Brandon Limes (1) gathers the ball in on Monday, Aug. 28 at the SDSU Sports Deck. The Aztecs beat the Roadrunners 1-0.

San Diego State defender Lorenzo Hernandez imagined his first NCAA goal would come thanks to his speed.

Instead, it came via a gutty run into a crowded penalty box on a second chance opportunity off a corner kick, as the Aztecs (1-0-1) knocked off the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners 1-0 on Monday night at the SDSU Sports Deck.

“I thought it would be like a breakaway or like a sprint because that’s kind of what I’m good at,” said redshirt freshman Hernandez. “But I had Reid (Fisher) dummy the ball, it just came right to my feet and just put it in, but it was just a great goal.”

On a night where the teams combined for nearly as many yellow cards (five) as shots on goal (six), it was the kind of goal which seemed fitting for the frequently chippy and occasionally over-the-top physical play. The teams were called for 30 fouls combined, with the visitors being whistled 16 times.

“I think our team can play in a lot of different ways,” said head coach Ryan Hopkins. “We wanted to construct the roster with the eye to our conference. There’s a lot of different styles in our conference, and then, we try to construct the non conference schedules similar.”

The winner came in the 82nd minute on the Aztecs’ eighth, and final, corner of the match.

CSU Bakersfield (0-1-1) was unable to clear the initial delivery, then midfielder Jules Anderson played it to forward Austin Brummett on the right side of the box. Brummett squared it toward the area, which Fisher dummied through to Hernandez for the finish.

San Diego State defender Reid Fisher (27) gets taken down from behind by Cal State Bakersfield forward Nathan Jimenez (10) during the Aztecs 1-0 win on Monday, Aug. 28 at the SDSU Sports Deck. Jimenez was given one of four yellow card cautions against the Roadrunners. (Isabella Biunno)

I challenged the guys at half time,” Hopkins said. “I just said ‘who’s going to be the guy that’s going to run past their guy and score the goal?’ And Lorenzo stepped up like he did in the preseason game and was able to win the game.”

After a slow start, SDSU locked it down in their defensive third, as the Roadrunners were unable to direct any shots on goal after the 25th minute. Goalkeeper Logan Erb made two saves in his first start of the season. He was a 75th minute substitute in SDSU’s 0-0 draw at Denver on Aug. 24.

“I think it was just about trusting the game plan and figuring out what we need to do to stop that,” Fisher said. “I think after the first 20 minutes, we really kind of set our game plan into place and started creating a lot of key chances because of it as the game went on.”

This win opens the longest homestand in program history, as the Aztecs will host eight straight matches at the Sports Deck from Aug. 28 to Oct. 1.

We’re still figuring each other out, I think that’s clear, clear, clear from the game,” Hopkins said. “But, I think we can continue to win while we’re figuring ourselves out. That’s a sign of a really good team.”

Up next is Cal Poly, who opened the season with a 5-3 home loss in San Luis Obispo to Oral Roberts on Monday night.

Kickoff between the Aztecs and Mustangs is slated for 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1 at the Sports Deck.

About the Contributors
Eric Evelhoch
Eric Evelhoch, '23-24 Sports Editor
Eric Evelhoch (he/him/his) is a senior media studies major who was born outside of Detroit, Michigan, and lived in Ventura County, California, for a decade-plus. He is a returning college student and transfer from Santa Barbara City College, where he served as Sports Editor for The Channels. Evelhoch is also a Sports Director for KCR College Radio, where he restarted play-by-play coverage post-pandemic. Currently, he serves as the play-by-play broadcaster for the SDSU ACHA DI hockey team and has filled in on the call for Aztecs sports on the Mountain West Network. His prior freelance experience includes print, digital, online video and audio-only, and broadcast radio formats covering football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer and volleyball.
Isabella Biunno
Isabella Biunno, '23-24 Photo Editor
Isabella Biunno (she/her/hers) is a photographer for The Daily Aztec. She is originally from Las Vegas, Nevada where she was a part of yearbook and publications for nearly six years. She is a first-year Psychology major with an emphasis in neuroscience, and she plans to go to graduate school for Occupational Therapy. She loves photography, editing, and creating, and she can’t wait to continue shooting content for the DA. One thing she is passionate about outside of photojournalism is being involved in the disability/Autism community. She is a part of SDSU’s Adapted Athletics club, and she worked as an Instructor at a company back home called Inclusion Fusion where she was able to work with people with disabilities. Although her career-related passions fall in the healthcare field, she enjoys taking pictures and covering photo events just as much. She looks forward to expanding her experience as a photographer as well as capturing some astounding shots this year.