PORTLAND, Ore. — The Sacramento State women's soccer (6-7-2, 1-3-2) dropped their second straight match despite taking a lead into halftime. Two late goals by Portland State (6-6-0, 4-1-0) handed the Hornets their third straight one-goal loss.
Sacramento State and Portland State took a scoreless tie into the 44th minute of play before the Hornets drew first blood. Chelsea Arnold took a corner kick for Sacramento, placing it perfectly for midfielder Caitlin Prothe. The junior made a leaping header, placing the ball just over the outstretched arms of the Portland goalkeeper.
The goal was Prothe's third of the season and gave Sacramento State their first lead since Friday, September 29 in a 3-0 win over North Dakota three matches ago.
Unfortunately, Portland State dominated the second half, putting consistent pressure on the Hornet defense and scoring twice in the 70th minute and the 78th minute. The equalizer came off the foot of Portland's Morgan Mathews, her first goal of the season. The game-winner came on a header by the Vikings' Katie Forsee, her conference-leading eighth of the year.
Kaylyn Evans got the start in goal for Sacramento State, her first start of the season. The sophomore keeper made three saves while taking her second loss.
Offensively, the Green and Gold outshot the Vikings 16-14, including six shots on goal compared to Portland's five. The Vikings were more efficient in their offensive efforts, however, scoring twice on five on-target shots and taking seven corner kicks to Sacramento's three.
The loss is Sacramento State's third straight and all three have been decided by one goal. They fall to 6-7-2 overall and 1-3-2 in Big Sky play. The women's squad will be back at home on Friday, October 13 at the host Idaho State at 3:30 PM.