GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The Sacramento State women's soccer team won its league opener and spoiled North Dakota's first game as a member of the Big Sky Conference with a 1-0 finish at UND's Bronson Field.
Sacramento State improved to 8-6-3 in Big Sky openers since joining the league in 1996 and 3-1 over the last four seasons.
The Hornets (3-4-2) scored early in the match and dominated possession in the second half to hold off North Dakota (2-5-1). Sacramento State has now won two of its last three games.
Senior scored her first goal of the season in the 14th minute on an assist from fellow senior , but it took a strong defensive effort in the first half to keep UND off the board before halftime.
Sacramento State keeper made five saves in the first half as North Dakota took 10 shots and had a whopping 9-2 edge on corner kicks.
In the second half, however, the Hornets' midfielders and attackers took over. Sacramento State outshot North Dakota, 16-2, in the second half and finished the game with a 20-12 advantage. The Hornets also took four corner kicks in the second period, opposed to one from North Dakota. Tomasello made one save after halftime while UND keeper Kristi Hestdalen, who made one save in the first half, needed to make eight stops in the second half to keep the Hornets from scoring again.
Tomasello finished with seven saves and tallied her third shutout of the season but recorded just her first career win in the clean sheet victory. The Hornets played to scoreless draws against UC Davis and Indiana State with Tomasello in net.
Sacramento State will stay on the road this weekend with another Big Sky Conference battle at Northern Colorado scheduled for Sunday. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. PT.
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