RENO, Nev. – Sophomores Alyssa Anderson and Josie Jogwe scored for Sacramento State but Nevada found three goals, including the game winner in the 86th minute, to record a 3-2 win on Sunday in Reno. The match was played off campus in front of a crowd of 1,050 fans, a Nevada program record, as the Hornets dropped to 3-4-0 and Nevada moved to 2-3-2.
"We came back twice and I thought we played with a lot of heart and never gave up," Sacramento State head coach Randy Dedini said. "They got that late goal and we created a couple more opportunities with some corner kicks but couldn't quite get another one. We played with a lot of heart but we need to be able to put two halves together."
On a windy afternoon Hornet junior goalkeeper Kimberly Mata made three early saves before the Wolfpack got on the board in the 25th minute when senior Kori Disarufino put a shot into the upper right corner from 15 yards out to give Nevada the early lead.
The Hornets placed three shots on the Wolfpack goal before finding an equalizer in the 37th minute. Redshirt freshman Jennifer Lum sent a feed from midfield to Anderson, who fired a shot from 20 yards past Nevada goalkeeper Kelsey Quintos.
Nevada held a 10-4 advantage in shots in the first half and regained the lead with just over two minutes to play. Mata tipped a loose ball into the air that Nevada's Chelsea Fricke headed into the Hornet goal to give the Wolfpack the halftime lead.
Mata suffered an injury on a collision at the end of the first half and was spelled by redshirt freshman Hannah Gendron at the start of the second. Gendron made an early save in her first collegiate match and the Hornets continued to pressure the Wolkpack defense before Jogwe put home a loose ball in the 71st minute and Sacramento State leveled the score at two.
Gendron made a second save in the ensuing minutes and the Hornets dodged a bullet as Nevada had a shot hit the crossbar. The match appeared destined for overtime but the home team found a winner in with five minutes to play when junior Bobby Reilly bent in a shot off the right post to give Nevada the match.
Anderson scored her fourth goal of the season in just six matches to remain amongst the Big Sky leaders in scoring. Jogwe tallied her second career goal off the first career assist by redshirt freshman defender Alexa Heinzer. Nevada held an 18-11 overall shot advantage with Mata finishing with four saves while Gendron had two.
The Hornets return home to host Fresno State at 4 p.m. Friday at Hornet field.