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There's no doubt Sacramento State was deserving of its first ever NCAA Tournament bid. The Hornets came back from 1-0 and 2-1
deficits in regulation and 4-3 down in the shootout to beat New Mexico and win the MPSF title. They earned a trip Thursday to Loyola Marymount, where Sac State coach Michael Linenberger
will be reunited with longtime coaching buddy Paul Krumpe
Both coaches will be playing their sons. Krumpe's son,
, is a sophomore, while Linenberger's son, Matt
, is a freshman. Matt Linenberger was one of the heroes against
New Mexico with his second goal in as many games, tying the score at 2-2 in the 83rd minute and forcing overtime.
Entering the fifth round of the shootout, the Hornets needed to convert
and stop New Mexico. Fernando Cabadas
connected, tying the shootout at 4-4, and goalkeeper Bryan Oliver
. In the next round, Diego Marroquin
scored and Ryan Farquharson
had his shot stopped by Oliver.
"We came back three times in the match, and I think it really showed the character and resiliency of this team," Michael Linenberger
said. "It's our first conference championship and our first trip to the NCAA Tournament, so this is a huge step for our program. We hope to continue our season
for a few more games."
Cabadas was named the tournament MVP, with David von Stockhausen
and Matt Linenberger also earning all-tournament team
"This is a first for our program, so we're excited to be in the NCAA Tournament," Michael Linenberger said. "We are happy we're able to stay in California and make a bus trip down
south to play Loyola Marymount in the first round."