WOMEN'S SOCCER BEGINS BIG SKY PLAY THIS WEEK
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's soccer team hosts Montana (1-8-2, 0-0-0 Big Sky) and Eastern Washington (0-9-1, 0-0-0) this week in the Hornets' first conference games of the 2010 season. The team hosts Montana on Friday, Oct. 8, at 4 p.m., and Eastern Washington on Sunday, Oct. 10, at 1 p.m. The Hornets (3-6-1, 0-0-0), which were idle last weekend, went 3-2-2 in Big Sky games last season.
Leah Larot leads the Hornets with seven goals this season.
Last year, the Hornets played Montana to a 2-2 draw while lost 1-0 at Eastern Washington. In 2008 it was reversed, as Sacramento State lost 1-0 to the Grizzlies and defeated EWU 2-0.
SCOUTING THE HORNETS
Head coach Randy Dedini's squad is coming off a pair of close losses at the Seattle University Tournament where the Hornets fell 2-1 to Cal State Bakersfield and 3-2 to the host Redhawks in double overtime.
Sacramento State has been fueled offensively by the stellar senior season of Leah Larot thus far in 2010. The San Jose, Calif. native has scored seven goals this season after accumulating seven goals in her previous three seasons. Prior to last weekend, Larot ranked 26th in the nation in total scores. Victoria Ramirez leads the Hornets with three assists.
The Hornet defense has allowed opposing teams to score just 14 goals in 10 games this season, with keeper Savannah Abercrombie holding a 1.32 goals against average and making 32 saves.
SCOUTING THE GRIZZLIES
Montana and head coach Neil Sedgwick (seventh season) enter the weekend in a slump, having lost their last two games at Pacific and at UC Davis. The Grizzlies opened up the season with six losses and two draws before knocking off North Dakota on Sept. 19.
Offensively, Kaitlyn Heinsohn leads the Grizz with three goals, half of the team's total. Montana has been outscored 24-6 on the season.
In the net, Julianna Jack and Kendra McMillen have shared time with McMillen starting the last two games. On the season, McMillen has 30 saves and 1.15 goals against average.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
Eastern Washington and head coach George Hageage (11th season) are winless thus far in 2010, being outscored 27-9 in 10 games.
Whitney Brannan has scored seven of EWU's nine goals this season and Brittany Sparks has assisted on a team-high three goals.
In the net, keepers Lisa Dimak and Jamie Walker have split starts this season and have combined for 80 saves and 2.48 goals against average.