SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento State women's soccer never trailed Friday as they defeated the visiting Nevada Wolf Pack, 3-2, at Hornet Field. Although the Wolf Pack battled to turn a 3-0 Hornets' lead into just a 3-2 lead, Sacramento State fended off the late Nevada attack and held on for the win.
Friday night's match between the Hornets (1-4-1) and Wolf Pack (3-2-1) started aggressively, although neither team was truly able to gain the advantage. The teams traded possessions and each threatened often but it took nearly 40 minutes for the scoring to get started.
With the Hornets attacking, a foul inside the box turned into a penalty kick for Sacramento State. Tiffany Miras took the kick for the Hornets and her strike was good, giving Sacramento State a 1-0 lead in the 41st minute.
The goal was the first of the season and career for Miras. It would turn out to be that first goals of the season were the trend for the Hornets on Friday night.
Just two minutes later, it was Camila Fonseca who gave the Hornets a 2-0 advantage. After forcing a Nevada turnover deep on the Wolf Pack end of the field, Erika Sosa dropped a perfect pass off to a charging Fonseca, who dashed past her defender and slammed a shot home into the upper left corner. Like Miras before her, the goal was Fonseca's first of her season and career.
Things would remain 2-0 as the match went to the half. Thanks to the late attack, Sacramento State went into the break leading in shots (4-0) and corner kicks (2-1). The Hornets placed two shots on goal, converting both.
Sacramento State wasted little time once the second half began, extending their lead to 3-0 in the 51st minute on a majestic goal from sophomore Ariana Nino. Nino rebounded a deflected ball 15 yards outside of the Nevada box and, after a quick dribble to collect herself, smashed one into the upper left corner from 35 yards out.
Like the two before her, the goal was the first of the season for Nino. A sophomore, Nino scored two goals for the Hornets last year. Additionally, although the goal gave the Hronets a comfortable 3-0 lead, Nino's goal turned out to be the game-winner.
The Hornets seemed to be in control, leading 3-0 after 51 minutes of play, but the Wolf Pack were far from finished. They countered Nino's goal just four minutes later on a fast break play which forced goalkeeper Kaylyn Evans into a tough 1-on-1 situation.
With the lead now just 3-1, Nevada struck again, taking advantage of traffic in front of the Hornets goal. A small collision turned into a loose ball just outside the goal. Nevada's Mackenzie Robinson was there to rebound the loose ball and smash it in to make it a 3-2 game in the 63rd minute.
Despite continuing to threaten, Nevada would only manage one other shot - sailing it high - over the match's remaining 27 minutes as Sacramento State held on for their first win of the year.
In total, the Hornets outshot the Wolf Pack 10-3 while leading in shots on goal, 8-2. The match saw 13 fouls and three yellow cards, including two for Nevada.
With the win, Sacramento State improves to 1-4-1 on the season. After a grueling stretch of schedule in which the Hornets played four of five matches on the road, they are now home for three of their next four, including Friday.
The Hornets will rest up tomorrow before taking the field again on Sunday as they host the CSUN Matadors. Kickoff for Sunday's match is scheduled for noon. For more details, be sure to visit the Sacramento State women's soccer schedule online at HornetSports.com.