SAN FRANCISCO – The Sacramento State women's soccer team fell on the road Friday night to the West Region's #8 San Francisco Dons.
The Hornets came out aggressively through the game's early minutes looking to strike first against the San Francisco Dons, who came into Friday's match ranked eighth in the West Region. Unfortunately, a ninth-minute goal by San Francisco turned all of the momentum the Dons' way as they shot their way to a 5-0 win over the Hornets.
Sacramento State had eight shots compared to the Dons' 13, but the Hornets only managed to place two of those shots on goal. They led San Francisco in corner kicks, 4-2, but were unable to convert on any of their corner opportunities.
Skylar Littlefield led the team with three shots, though she was unable to place any of them on target. Similar to their previous matches, Sacramento State was able to spread the ball around as five different players took a shot in the match. Shay Valenzano and Julia Herrera accounted for the team's two shots on goal. For the season, 14 of 21 players have taken at least one shot while eight different Hornets have scored a goal.
For the first time this season, captain Mikayla Reed did not play every minute of the match. The junior midfielder, who has been playing on the backline for the Hornets because of injuries, got her first breather of the season in the loss. She has now totaled 751 total minutes this season, 51 more than the next closest player (Julia Herrera, 700). Including overtime matches, Reed is averaging 94 minutes per match.
San Francisco did nearly all of their damage in a short, nine-minute span in the first half, scoring four times between the ninth and 18th minutes of the match. They added their fifth and final goal in the 69th minute.
The loss drops Sacramento State's record to 1-6-1 on the season, including 0-2 against teams in the WCC (San Francisco, Pacific). The Hornets will face another WCC opponent on Sunday when they host the Saint Mary's Gaels at Hornet Field.
Sunday's game is scheduled for a 1:00 pm kickoff at Hornet Field with gates opening at noon. For more information, be sure to visit the 2018 Sacramento State women's soccer schedule online at HornetSports.com.