WOMEN’S SOCCER STUMBLES IN PHYSICAL MATCH, FALLS TO PORTLAND STATE

WOMEN’S SOCCER STUMBLES IN PHYSICAL MATCH, FALLS TO PORTLAND STATE

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento State women's soccer team piled up 13 total shots Sunday afternoon, but were unable to put any of them in the back of the net as they fell, 1-0, against the Portland State Vikings.

The Hornets drop to 3-11-2 overall on the season and 2-5 in Big Sky competition. The Vikings improve to 5-9 while climbing to 3-4 in conference play.

Portland State's lone goal came in the 33rd minute on a kick from midfielder Mya Lopez. After colliding with Hornets senior Caitlin Prothe just past midfield, Lopez collected the ball dribbled into open space toward the Hornets net before firing a shot from 35 yards out.  

The kick was perfectly placed as the ball traveled just over the reach of a leaping Kaylyn Evans and into the top far corner of the goal.

The goal was one of seven total shots on goal for the Vikings and Evans finished with six total saves for the Hornets for the second straight match. The junior keeper is averaging nearly four saves per game this season.

Sacramento State nearly matched the Vikings, placing five shots on goal to Portland State's seven. Both teams had 13 total shots and four corner kicks.

Julia Herrera led the team in shots (5) and shots on goal (3) while six other Hornets players added a shot in the match. Aubrey Goodwill and Bonnie Ford were responsible for the team's two other shots on goal. 

Sunday's match was a physical one on both ends of the field. The match featured 21 total fouls and there likely could have double that as both sides battled fiercely for 90 minutes. A controversial no-call came late in the first half when Prothe appeared to be tripped inside the Vikings box while on a breakaway. There was no whistle on the play as Prothe went to the ground and turned the ball over harmlessly. Players from both teams were picking themselves up off the ground all afternoon.

Sacramento State (20) and Portland State (19) came into the match ranked first and second in the Big Sky in yellow cards received, but neither team was cautioned on Sunday.

The loss knocks the Hornets into eighth place in the Big Sky and, for now, out of postseason position. Sacramento State has two games remaining in the regular season including one against Montana, another team on the postseason bubble.

With just on week remaining in the regular season, four of the Big Sky's 10 teams - Weber State, Northern Arizona, Idaho, and Northern Colorado - have already locked in a postseason spot. Portland State, Montana, Eastern Washington, and Sacramento State are all within three points of each other as they battle for the final two postseason berths. 

The Hornets' continues with a match on Friday, Oct. 19 against Northern Colorado. Kickoff is set for 3:00 pm. For more details, be sure to visit the Sacramento State women's soccer schedule online at HornetSports.com.