WOMEN’S SOCCER RETURNS HOME TO HOST FRESNO STATE FRIDAY
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento State's women's soccer team (3-4-0) will begin its final weekend of non-conference play hosting Fresno State (3-4-0) at 4 p.m. Friday at Hornet Field.
Students can join the Green Army for Friday's match as the first 50 Green Army members will receive free food from Raley's. Herky's PK Challenge will also take place at halftime.
The Hornets are coming off a 1-1 week in which they scored a 1-0 win over Fresno Pacific and dropped a 4-3 match at Nevada. Despite the setback against the Wolfpack the Hornets have a 4-2 record since opening the season with a pair of losses and are tied for second in the Big Sky with three total victories this season.
Redshirt freshman midfielder Jennifer Lum scored the game winner vs. Fresno Pacific and had an assist against Nevada for her first career points. She has also taken the team lead with 18 shots and is tied with sophomore Alyssa Anderson for the team lead with seven shots on goal.
"I've been trying to help attack, and for me to score I just need to keep shooting and being aggressive," Lum said. "The offensive has been working better together and we're getting a lot more chances, so we just need to finish."
Lum assisted on Anderson's fourth goal of the season on Sunday, as the sophomore ranks second in the Big Sky in goals and is tied for second in points. Anderson also leads the conference with two game-winning goals as the young pair have played well together and continued to improve their communication to lead the Hornet attack.
"I love playing with Alyssa," Lum said. "When she makes runs off me it's easy to find her, and she's really composed with the ball and finishes really well."
Sacramento State is 2-1 on its home field this season, with its only loss coming in overtime to UNLV. The Hornets have outshot their opposition 35-23 at Hornet Field and have allowed only on goal in three matches. The early home success should bode well for the Hornets, who open Big Sky play with two home matches next week and play five of nine total conference matches this season in Sacramento.
Fresno State comes to the River City with an identical 3-4-0 record, though the team has an impressive 3-2-0 mark in road matches. Two of the team's three wins have come in overtime, against Gonzaga and Eastern Washington, and the Bulldogs have scored more than one goal in only one match this season with six total goals scored in seven games.
Senior Morgan Castain, a transfer from Washington State, leads the team with three goals and one assist on 14 shots. The Hornets and Bulldogs have a long history in women's soccer, with Fresno State holding a 10-5-0 record in the all-time series. Sacramento State has not lost at home to the Bulldogs, however, since 1998.
Following the match on Friday the Hornets will close the non-conference potion of their schedule at Pacific at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Tigers are 1-4-2 this season after earning their first win of the year on Sunday against New Mexico. Pacific, which moved from the Big West to the West Coast Conference this season, will begin its week at San Jose State on Friday. Sacramento State is 1-11-3 all-time vs. the Tigers with its only win coming in 1994, its first season of competition.
For Lum and the Hornets the weekend provides a final tune-up before the Big Sky season commences next weekend.
"We have two games before conference so we need to just gain our confidence and play well together so we can go into conference strong," she said. "As a team we need to play a full 90-minute game and start strong and finish strong."