WOMEN'S SOCCER RALLIES FOR 2-1 WIN OVER SAINT MARY'S IN OPENER

WOMEN'S SOCCER RALLIES FOR 2-1 WIN OVER SAINT MARY'S IN OPENER

MORAGA, Calif. — The Sacramento State women's soccer team capitalized on two quick goals early in the second half to record a 2-1 win over Saint Mary's on Friday at Saint Mary's Stadium in the season opener for both teams.

The Hornets started the second half trailing 1-0 but tied the game when Caitlin Prothe headed in a cross from Kayla Collins just seven minutes into the period. The team took the lead 119 seconds later when freshman Kylee Kim-Bustillos tapped home a mishandled ball by the goalkeeper to put Sacramento State on top for good.

The Gaels' lone goal in the game came in the 20th minute when Hannah Diaz converted a breakaway opportunity. That shot was the first of the game for Saint Mary's as the Hornets had accounted for the first four attempts of the contest.

Sacramento State finished the game with an 11-7 edge in shots but the only SMC shot on frame was its goal. Prothe led the Hornets with five shot attempts, including two on goal. Molly McConnell earned the victory by playing all 90 minutes in goal but was not credited with a save.

The contest also featured 24 total fouls (14 by the Hornets, 10 by Saint Mary's) and had four yellow cards (3 SAC, 1 SMC).

Sacramento State will next play at Nevada on Sunday at 1 p.m. The team will have its home opener on Saturday, Aug. 26, against Fresno State at 12 p.m.