WOMEN'S SOCCER LOOKING TO KEEP WINNING STREAK ALIVE ON THE ROAD
HORNETS LOOKING TO KEEP WINNING STREAK ALIVE ON THE ROAD
The Sacramento State women’s soccer team will look to continue a season-high two game winning streak as they travel to Cal State Bakersfield and Fresno State this week.The Hornets were victorious over both teams last season at home, defeating Fresno State 5-1 and Cal State Bakersfield 2-0. Junior Kim Kemper scored two goals last season against the Bulldogs, while seniors Missy Matzen and Rebeccah Phillips and sophomore Kylee Blatz each scored a single goal. Junior Katelin Hopping and the graduated senior Amanda Gray each tallied a goal against Cal State Bakersfield last season.
SACRAMENTO STATE DOWNS IONA COLLEGE 1-0
Kara Taylor scored on an assist from fellow senior Sarah Howard in the 63rd minute to give the Sacramento State women’s soccer team a 1-0 victory over Iona on Sunday, Sept. 21 at Hornet Soccer Field.
Sacramento State dominated the stat sheet during the first half of play, but were unable to find the games first tally. The Hornets best two chances of the stanza occurred in a 10 second span in the 33rd minute. Freshman Jordan Carlberg had a header off of a corner kick by sophomore Leah Larot bang off of the cross bar and fall straight down, where Gael ‘keeper Kelly Mahoney was able to keep the ball from going in the net by trapping it. Her trap, however, came straight to the head of junior Kim Kemper, who had a header attempt of her own saved by Mahoney.
Defensively, the Hornets held Iona without a shot for the first 37 minutes of the half, and outshot the Gaels 12-4 during the period.
The second half saw the same statistical advantage for the Hornets, with a tally finally being made in the 63rd minute. The Hornets were awarded a free kick a few yards from the top of the 18, and Howard faked the Gaels out with a simple tap to her right to the awaiting foot of Taylor, who slammed the ball into the net for her first career goal, giving the Hornets a 1-0 advantage. From there, Sacramento State played tactical soccer, keeping the ball down in their offensive third for the remainder of the half, securing a 1-0 victory.
For the match, the Hornets outshot the Gaels 23-6, with Sacramento State boasting a 13-1 advantage in shots on goal. Mahoney kept Iona in the contest between the posts, coming through with several impressive stops on her way to a 12 save performance. Redshirt freshman Savannah Abercrombie made her first career start in goal, picking up her first career clean sheet with one save.
Kemper led all attackers with nine shots, including five on goal for the Hornets.
SENIOR POWER LEADS WOMEN’S SOCCER PAST MIAMI UNIVERSITY 2-1
Seniors Sarah Howard and Kayelyn Satkowski each tallied their first goal of the season, as Sacramento State downed Miami University 2-1 on Friday, Sept. 19 at Hornet Soccer Field.
The game started on a scary note for the Hornets, as in the first minute of play senior ‘keeper Jenny Lawrence made an impressive punch save off the crossbar on a shot off the right foot of Miami’s Stephanie Wilson. Lawrence, however, injured herself on the way down from making the save, forcing a goalkeeper substitution to occur just 38 seconds into the contest. Redshirt freshman Savannah Abercrombie came off the Hornet bench to make her first career appearance in goal for the Hornets, and play resumed.
In the 16th minute, the Hornets struck as Howard trapped the ball on an errant clearance attempt by the Redhawks, and blasted a shot from 15 yards out on the left side for her ninth career goal and first of 2008, making the score 1-0.
Miami would strike back in the 37th minute, as Julie Thompson contested a Sacramento State clearance attempt and found the right foot of Jodi Zwingelberg, who sent a shot past Abercrombie to tie the score at 1-1 on her first goal of the season.
In the first half of play, the Hornets outshot the Redhawks 9-7, with Sacramento State putting five chances on goal to Miami’s four.
Both teams fought back and forth for momentum as the second half got underway, but it was the Hornets who would find the momentum first in the 73rd minute. Freshman Jordan Carlberg sent a through ball to near the top of the 18 to Satkowski, who dribbled through two Redhawks defenders and fired a shot past an outstretched Rachelle Boff to give the Hornets the 2-1 victory. For Satkowski, who sat out the 2007 season due to injury, it was her 12th career goal and first since October 20, 2006 against Northern Colorado.
For the match, Sacramento State outshot Miami 17-12, with the Hornets putting eight shots on goal to the Redhawks seven. Junior Kim Kemper led the Hornets with five shots and Abercrombie recorded four saves in goal.
KARA TAYLOR NAMED BIG SKY CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior defender Kara Taylor was named the Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 15-21, as announced by the conference today.
Taylor scored the game-winning goal in the 63rd minute of the Hornets 1-0 victory over Iona College on Sunday afternoon. The goal was the first in the career of Taylor, who is a three-time all-Big Sky Conference defender, who was named the conference’s co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2005.
The Hornet defense, led by Taylor, allowed just one goal and eight shots on goal during a weekend that saw the Hornets improve to 3-4-1 with victories over Iona and Miami University.
For Taylor, the award was her second career weekly honor and the first for any Hornet this season.