WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYS HOST TO IN-STATE RIVALS UC DAVIS, CAL POLY THIS WEEKEND
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Fresh off a thrilling 2-1 victory against Nevada in its season opener, the Sacramento State women's soccer team will play host to in-state rivals UC Davis and Cal Poly this weekend at Hornet Field.
The Hornets (1-0) will meet the Aggies (1-0) at 5 p.m. on Friday before playing Cal Poly (2-0) at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Sacramento State will wear pink in support of breast cancer research and awareness on Sunday against the Mustangs. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game as well.
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SCOUTING THE HORNETS
Sacramento State is coming off a 2-1 win over Nevada in their season opener on Sunday. The Hornets recieved goals from seniors Jessica Castanño and . As a team, the Hornets placed eight of their 11 shots on net and held possession for most of the game. Prior to Sunday's season opener, Sacramento State played to a 1-1 draw against Pacific in exhibition play and capped the preseason with a loss to the Sacramento Storm.
SCOUTING THE AGGIES
UC Davis won its 2012 season opener, 2-1, against Fresno State. Ashley Edwards and Allison Kelly both scored for the Aggies while keeper Taylor Jern played all 90 minutes and made two saves. UC Davis had a 14-10 edge in shots and 5-4 advantage in corner kicks. Of the 24 combined shots in the game, just five were put on goal. UC Davis played one exhibition game, defeating San Francisco 4-2.
SCOUTING THE MUSTANGS
Cal Poly won both of its first two games of the 2012 season. The Mustangs won at Loyola Marymount, 3-1, on Friday in their season opener and shutout CSU Bakersfield, 1-0, at home on Sunday. Four different players have each scored one goal through the first two contests. Sara Lancaster, who scored the game-winner against the Roadrunners, leads the team with six shots. In exhibition play, Cal Poly played Westmont to a scoreless draw and lost 3-0 to USC.
LAST TIME AGAINST UC DAVIS
Sacramento State lost to its rivals, 1-0, last season on Aug. 28. In the 34th minute Bridget Berman found Ashley Edwards for an early goal, which held up until the final whistle. The Aggies controlled possession throughout, as evidenced by a 15-3 edge in shots. Then-junior took two of the Hornets three shots. UC Davis keeper Maria Magna recorded the clean sheet win.
LAST TIME AGAINST CAL POLY
The last time Sacramento State and Cal Poly met was on Oct. 1, 2006 in Sacramento. The Hornets pulled out a 2-1 overtime victory behind goals from freshman and junior . It was the Hornets' lone win in the series between the two teams since Sacramento State started its women's soccer program in 1994.
The Hornets have a 4-8-1 record against UC Davis and 1-3 mark against Cal Poly in program history. Sacramento State is winless in its last five games against the rival Aggies (0-3-1) after winning back-to-back games in 2005 and 2006. Sacramento State and Cal Poly met in 1994 and 1995 in the infancy of the Hornets' program and played again in 2005 and 2006. The Hornets' lone win in the series was the two teams' last meeting.
MCBRIDE MAGICAL AGAINST NEVADA
Senior forward scored with less than 10 minutes remaining and the Sacramento State women's soccer team won its 2012 season opener, 2-1, over Nevada on Sunday at Hornet Field. The Hornets maintained possession for most of the game and it paid off in the 82nd minute. Sacramento State brought the ball up slowly and eventually Kellogg had it on the right wing. The freshman from Sandy, Utah, lobbed in a perfect cross to the feet of McBride at the near post, who shielded the defender behind her as she took possession. McBride then turned left quickly and fired a low shot across the front of the net which went in near the far post. McBride took two shots, placing both on goal, in 49 minutes off the bench.
MATA MAKES FIRST CAREER START
Head coach started sophomore keeper Kim Mata on Sunday against Nevada and the Stockton native did not disappoint. Mata tallied three saves and allowed just one goal while playing all 90 minutes. Mata and senior are in a battle to replace four-year starter , who graduated last season.
CASTAÑO LEADS BY EXAMPLE
Jessica Castaño was named one of three captains for the Hornets prior to the 2012 season and the senior is proving the decision was a good one. Castaño scored her second career goal after she put back her own shot to get the Hornets on the board in the 48th minute against Nevada on Sunday. A midfielder, Castaño has started a team-high 52 games.