SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sunday's women's soccer match between Sacramento State and Weber State was nearly identical statistically, but a successful corner kick conversion proved the difference-maker as the Wildcats defeated the Hornets, 1-0, at Hornet Field.
The two teams were even with six shots apiece over the course of Sunday's 90-minute match. While the Hornets led in corner kicks, 8-7, the Wildcats had the advantage in shots on goal, 3-2.
It was one of those three shots on goal - a header attempt by Weber State's Madison Garlock on a corner kick - that turned into the game-winner for the Wildcats.
Despite the Weber State goal on the corner kick play, Sacramento State's Kaylyn Evans made two great saves for the Hornets to keep the match close. One of those saves came after a Hornets turnover deep in their own territory turned into a difficult one-on-one situation. Reading the attacker, Evans charged at the perfect moment and deflected the shot with her right leg, keeping the match scoreless at the time.
Sophomore Shay Valenzano provided the early pressure for Sacramento State, taking two shots on goal in the first 30 minutes. She added another shot in the 36th minute that sailed just wide.
The loss knocks Sacramento State (3-8-2) to .500 in conference play at 2-2-0. Their six points were tied for second after the day, though they now find themselves in fifth after Sunday's conference matches.
Weber State (5-3-4) entered the match Sunday with a 2-0-1 record in Big Sky play, leading the conference with seven points. They improve to 3-0-1 to remain atop the conference with 10 points.
After back-to-back games at home, Sacramento State will take back out on the road as they travel to Southern Utah (1-11, 0-3) and Northern Arizona (6-3-2, 2-0-1) this coming weekend.
First up is Friday's match at Southern Utah, scheduled for a 4:00 pm PT kickoff in Cedar City, Utah. For more details, be sure to visit the Sacramento State women's soccer schedule online at HornetSports.com.