Elece McBride scored her fourth goal of the year but the Hornets lost, 3-1
Elece McBride scored her fourth goal of the year but the Hornets lost, 3-1

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Sacramento State women's soccer team lost its final Big Sky Conference game of the 2012 season, 3-1, to first-place Portland State on Friday afternoon at Hillsboro Stadium. 

The Hornets (5-8-4, 3-4-2 Big Sky) need to win to have a chance at the Big Sky Tournament. With the loss to the Vikings (8-7-3, 6-2-1), they are are eliminated from postseason contention. Sacramento State closes out the season on Sunday with a non-conference game at San Jose State.

Portland State jumped out to an early lead on Megan Martin's goal in the eighth minute and went up 2-0 in the 60th minute when Martin found Cori Bianchini for a score.

Sacramento State senior forward Elece McBride cut the Vikings' lead to one when she notched her fourth goal of the year in the 66th minute but Portland State went back up by two on Amanda Howie's free kick score in the 71st minute.

Portland State outshot the Hornets, 20-10, in the contest and had a 6-1 egde on corner kicks. 

Sacramento State keeper Shelby Tomasello made six saves while allowing three scores while Portland State goalie Lainey Hulsize, who entered the game with a Big Sky leading 0.87 goals against average, made two saves with one goal surrendered. 

McBride paced the Hornets with three shots while Bianchini had a game-high five shots. 

Each team was issued one yellow card in the contest.