WOMEN'S SOCCER HOSTS PORTLAND STATE ON FRIDAY IN BIG SKY CONFERENCE OPENER
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's soccer team will play host to Portland State on Friday afternoon in the Big Sky Conference opener for both teams.
Sacramento State and Portland State meet at 2 p.m. on Friday at Hornet Field.
The Hornets (4-6) and Vikings (4-6) will meet at 2 p.m. on Friday at Hornet Field.
Sacramento State is 10-4-3 all-time against Portland State. The Hornets, which started their program in 1994, defeated the Vikings, 2-1, last year in the Big Sky Conference tournament after falling to them, 1-0, in the regular season.
DEDINI'S BIG SKY RECORD
Head coach Randy Dedini is 14-8-6 all-time in Big Sky Conference matches and has won two league tournament titles in his first four seasons on the Hornets' bench. Last season the Hornets finished third in the league with a 4-3 record before winning the conference tournament in Flagstaff, Ariz.
SCOUTING THE HORNETS
The Hornets played just one match last weekend, a 2-1 overtime loss at Nevada. Victoria Ramirez had a goal in regulation for the Hornets but the Wolf Pack scored with 17 seconds remaining in the first overtime period to earn the victory. Ramirez is tied for No. 2 in the league with a team-high five goals. Sacramento State has scored nine goals on 96 shots while allowing 14 goals on 106 shots. Goalkeeper Savannah Abercrombie is third in the conference with a 1.38 goals against average with 33 saves.
The Vikings went 1-3 against common non-conference opponents this season. Portland State lost to San Jose State, San Francisco and Seattle while defeating Nevada. The Hornets went 2-2 against those four teams, with wins against San Jose State and San Francisco. The Hornets lost to Seattle in the first game of the season and Nevada in their most recent game.
SCOUTING PORTLAND STATE
Goalkeeper Melissa Ferguson leads the Big Sky Conference and is ranked No. 47 in the NCAA with a 0.78 goals against average while making seven of 10 starts in net for the Vikings. Ferguson is 4-3 while Portland State's second keeper Lainey Hulsizer is winless in three starts with seven goals allowed. The Vikings have scored 11 goals on the season with Melissa Trammell's three scores leading the way.
Sacramento State will travel to Montana and Eastern Washington next weekend.