SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Kayelyn Satkowski broke past Northern Colorado’s defense and buried the golden goal for Sacramento State in a 2-1 overtime victory against the Bears on Friday afternoon at Hornet Soccer Field.
The Hornets (9-6-2, 3-1-1) remain in a two-way tie for second place with Weber State (8-5-3, 3-1-1) in the Big Sky standings, trailing conference leader Idaho State (8-7-0, 4-1-0). The top four teams will advance to the Big Sky postseason tournament, held Nov. 2-4.
Freshman Katie Rorabaugh’s clear from the back created a lane for Satkowski, who sprinted past the Northern Colorado defense 40 yards from goal. Beating the Bears’ (5-11-0, 1-4-0) back line, Satkowski placed her shot past Northern Colorado goalkeeper Chrissy Marvin to end the match in overtime.
Marvin was a nemesis most of the game for Sacramento State, making nine stops in the game. The Bears’ keeper denied Sacramento State freshman Beverly Goebel twice in the final 12 minutes of the match, after the Moreno Valley, Calif., native was able to unleash shots in the box.
For Satkowski, a 2004 Casa Roble High School graduate, it was her team-leading ninth goal of the season and third game winner this year. Her nine goals rank fifth in single-season history and the Hornets are now 7-1-1 when Satkowski scores or records an assist.
In the fifth minute, sophomore midfielder Sarah Howard gave Sacramento State an early advantage heading in Maggie Murphy’s cross from seven yards out.
Northern Colorado was able to tie the match in the 20th minute when Marika Johnson one-timed a volley past Hornet goalkeeper Jenny Lawrence. Kady Hydrick provided the assist, chipping a pass over the top of Sacramento State’s back line.
The Hornets have now played seven overtime matches this year, finishing with a 3-2-2 record. More importantly, Sacramento State’s nine victories tie the program’s all-time record, set during the 1994, 1998 and 2000 seasons.
The Hornets have two regular season matches remaining, traveling to Northern Arizona on Sunday, Oct. 22 and finishing on the road at Portland State on Friday, Oct. 27.