CHENEY, Wash. – Sacramento State led 1-0 after a dominant first half but Eastern Washington tied the match in the 74th minute and won it seven minutes into overtime for a 2-1 victory on Sunday in Cheney.
"Eastern Washington played with a lot of energy and spirit and were very direct so our back line was under the gun every time they got the ball," Sacramento State head coach Randy Dedini said. "We had several chances to put the game out of reach and we failed to do that. They capitalized and kept firing balls forward and eventually got the goals."
Sacramento State (6-5-2, 2-1-1 BSC) completely controlled the first 45 minutes, placing seven shots on goal to none by Eastern Washington (3-10-0, 1-3-0 BSC). The Hornets also had a 4-3 advantage in corner kicks for the half and peppered the Eagle goal early.
EWU goalkeeper Nathalie Schwery stopped the first five Hornet shots on goal, but in the 41st minute the visitors broke through. Redshirt freshman Jennifer Lum sent a lead pass to senior Jordyn Rolling, who moved in on Schwery unopposed. Rolling was able to navigate by the keeper and fire into the vacated net for her third goal of the season and a 1-0 Hornet lead.
Eastern Washington placed its first shot on frame five minutes into the second half and held a 5-2 advantage in shots on goal for the period. Sacramento State goalkeeper Kimberly Mata made three stops to keep the Hornets ahead until the 74th minute when Eagle forward Siara Byers took a short dribble from the top of the box and fired into the left side of the Hornet goal.
The Hornets sent a pair of shots wide and Mata added a fourth save as the match moved to overtime. The Eagles continued to control play in the extra period, missing wide on two shots before scoring the winner. Kayla Sutter sent a pass from midfield to Eagle senior Cassie Black, who got around Mata and finished into the open net to give her team the 2-1 result.
The Eagles held a 17-14 overall shot edge but Sacramento State had a 9-6 advantage in shots on goal, with Schwery making eight saves for the win. The assist by Lum was her third of the weekend after she had two helpers Friday at Montana.
Sacramento State will continue Big Sky play when it hosts Northern Arizona at 4 p.m. Friday at Hornet Field.