WOMEN'S SOCCER HITS THE ROAD FOR PAIR OF PIVOTAL BIG SKY MATCHUPS
HORNETS HIT THE ROAD FOR PAIR OF PIVOTAL BIG SKY MATCHUPS
The Sacramento State women’s soccer team will travel to Idaho State and Weber State to play a pair of crucial Big Sky contests. The Hornets enter the weekend with a 2-2 record in Big Sky play, and are currently in a three-way tie with Northern Colorado and Montana for the fourth and final spot in the Big Sky Tournament. The Hornets hold the tiebreaker over Northern Colorado, after defeating the Bears 4-0 earlier this season, but do not hold the tiebreaker over Montana, following the Grizzlies 1-0 victory at Hornet Soccer Field this past weekend.
MONTANA SPOILS SENIOR DAY WITH 1-0 TRIUMPH OVER HORNETS
Montana’s Sara Campbell scored a goal in the 87th minute to lead the Grizzlies to a 1-0 victory over the Sacramento State women’s soccer team on Sunday, Oct. 19 at Hornet Soccer Field.
The first 87 minutes of the contest appeared to be a replay of last year’s match in Missoula, which ended in a 0-0 tie after two overtime sessions. Both teams recorded a scant five shots apiece during the first 45 minutes of play, which each team putting just two shots on goal. The strongest attempt for either team in the first half was a shot by Hornet junior Katelin Hopping in the 39th minute that hit the cross bar.
The second half was much of the same, with Sacramento State dominating the shot charts 11-3 during the second 45 minutes. The Grizzlies, however, took advantage of their strongest chance, as in the 87th minute Kaitlyn Heinsohn found Sara Campbell with a through ball, and Campbell put a shot into the back of the net for her second goal of the season, giving Montana the 1-0 conference victory.
For the match, the Hornets outshot the Grizzlies 16-8, and held a decided 10-2 edge in corner kicks. Redshirt freshman Savannah Abercrombie collected three saves in goal for the Hornets, while Grace Harris posted five saves for Montana. Sacramento State was led offensively by junior Kim Kemper, who posted three shots, while the Grizzlies were led by Heinsohn’s two.
With the victory, Montana ended Sacramento State’s 14 match home unbeaten streak, which dated back to the 2005 season.
The match served as the final regular season home contest for the Hornets seven seniors Tiffany Fraser, Sarah Howard, Jenny Lawrence, Missy Matzen, Rebeccah Phillips, Kayelyn Satkowski and Kara Taylor. For five of the seven seniors (excluding Fraser and Phillips who played over five seasons), the loss marked their first career home loss during Big Sky Conference play.
KEMPER SCORES TWICE AS WOMEN’S SOCCER BLANKS EASTERN WASHINGTON 2-0
Behind goals from junior Kim Kemper in the seventh and 58th minutes, the Sacramento State women’s soccer team improved their record to 2-1 in Big Sky play with a 2-0 decision over Eastern Washington, on Friday, Oct. 17 at Hornet Soccer Field.
Sacramento State produced shots early and often from the opening whistle, breaking through with their first goal in the seventh minute. Junior Ashley Forbes produced a picture perfect through ball to Kemper, who slammed home a shot from 10 yards out to give the Hornets a 1-0 lead that they would take into the half.
At intermission, the Hornets held a 12-2 shot advantage over Eastern Washington, including a 5-1 edge in shots on goal.
The second half saw Kemper score again, this time on a one-touch pass from senior Sarah Howard in the 59th minute, to give the Hornets some insurance. Eastern Washington did not put a shot attempt on frame during the second 45 minutes, giving Sacramento State the 2-0 shutout victory.
With the two goals, Kemper now has tallied six on the season and 14 for her career, moving her into fifth place in school history ahead of Tisha Smith (1994-95).
For the match, Kemper had four shots, all on goal, to pace the Hornets, while freshman Elece McBride added five shots. For the match, the Hornets outshot the Eagles 25-5, and held a 13-0 advantage in corner kicks.
Redshirt freshman Savannah Abercrombie posted her seventh clean sheet of the season in eight starts, placing her in a tie for second with Stacy Himes (1996) for the most shutouts in a season in school history. She posted one save on the day, while her counterpart for Eastern Washington, Ashley Renz, posted seven saves.