SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Gabriela Trenton recorded the fifth hat trick in program history - while scoring the first three goals of her career - to lead Sacramento State to a 4-0 victory over Southern Utah on Sunday at Hornet Field.
Trenton, who was one of five Hornet seniors honored in a pregame senior day celebration, recorded the first Hornet hat trick since Lisa Wrightsman had three goals against Hawaii in 2001. The three goals also tied for the second most scores in a game in program history while Trenton also equaled the third most points in a match.
"It was an awesome feeling scoring three goals and having my family and my best friend here for senior day," Trenton said. "Scoring my first three career goals in a game, I can't imagine anything better. It was just a great feeling."
In addition to the hat trick by Trenton, fellow senior Jordyn Rolling had a goal and two assists on Sunday. The four goals were the most the Hornets have scored in a match since tallying four goals vs. UC Santa Cruz last season. Sacramento State (7-6-2, 3-2-1 Big Sky) has now outscored Southern Utah (4-9-1, 1-3-1 Big Sky) 7-1 in two all-time meetings between the teams.
Trenton's first goal was the first score of the match. In the 16th minute a Hornet corner kick led to a shot by Rolling that was stopped by Southern Utah goalkeeper Elyssa Hashimoto but the rebound came to Trenton, who put a shot off of a Thunderbird defender and into the net for her first career goal.
The Hornets held the 1-0 lead at halftime but quickly tacked on in the second half in the 50th minute. Sacramento State redshirt freshman Ashley Cella corralled a loose ball near midfield and fed ahead to Rolling who fired into the far corner of the SUU goal.
Trenton added the third Hornet goal in the 62nd minute as a lead pass by Rolling gave her a breakaway and she put the ball home into the far corner. The hat trick would be completed in the 81st minute when freshman Adaurie Dayak fed Trenton on a 2-on-1 attack and the senior placed a shot into the upper 90 to complete her spectacular senior day.
"I wanted to cry I was just so happy," said Trenton of her third goal. "We still have a chance to make the Big Sky Tournament and we're all on a high right now. To get this win motivates us even more and we have the confidence to go on the road and win."
Sacramento State scored on each of its three shots on goal in the second half and had a 9-2 edge in shots on goal for the match. Hornet junior goalkeeper Kimberly Mata made two saves, including a brilliant diving stop in the 83rd minute, to record her sixth shutout of the season.
The Hornets now have 10 points with three Big Sky matches remaining. The squad faces a challenging road trip next week against two of the top teams in the conference, playing at Idaho State at 3 p.m. Thursday and Weber State at 11 a.m. Saturday.