WOMEN'S SOCCER HOSTS NAU, UNC IN BIG SKY CONFERENCE ACTION
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's soccer team will look to continue its winning ways this weekend when Northern Arizona and Northern Colorado visit Hornet Field for a pair of Big Sky Conference matches.
The women's soccer team hosts NAU and UNC this weekend at Hornet Field.
The Hornets (6-7, 2-1 Big Sky) will face the Lumberjacks (2-8-5, 1-1-1) at 4 p.m. on Friday before playing the Bears (5-7-2, 2-1-0) at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
The Hornets have a 7-9 record all-time against Northern Arizona. The two teams played twice last year, with NAU winning 3-2 in the regular season but the Hornets had the last laugh with a 1-0 win in the Big Sky Conference tournament final in Flagstaff, Ariz. Sacramento State has been dominant against Northern Colorado, holding an undefeated 5-0-1 record all-time against the Bears. Last season the Hornets won 2-0 on the road. The Hornets have outscored the Bears 13-2 in those six games, including a 3-0 victory in the Big Sky Conference tournament championship match in 2007.
ABERCROMBIE EARNS BIG SKY HONORS
After recording back-to-back shutouts at Montana and Eastern Washington, goalkeeper Savannah Abercrombie was named Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced on Tuesday. bercrombie was key in the Hornets' consecutive 1-0 road wins against the Grizzlies and Eagles over the weekend. The senior tallied five saves in the win at Montana and a season-best eight saves against Eastern Washington. Abercrombie now is third in the conference with a 1.29 goals against average and 48 saves with five shutouts. The El Camino HS graduate has accumulated 28 shutouts in her standout four-year career, which is easily the most in both school and conference history.
SIMILAR NON-CONFERENCE FOES
The Hornets and Bears met one similar non-conference foe as both teams defeated Creighton, 2-1, earlier this year. Sacramento State and NAU did not play any common oppoenents during the non-conference season.
SCOUTING THE HORNETS
Sacramento State is coming off back-to-back 1-0 road wins over Montana and Eastern Washington last weekend. Victoria Ramiez had the Hornets' lone goal at Montana while Jordyn Rolling scored her third goal of the season at EWU. Ramirez leads the Hornets with six goals while Caitlin Pulver and Rolling are tied for second with three each. Jordan Carlberg also has a goal this season. The Hornets have scored 13 goals on 149 shots while allowing 17 scores, also on 149 shots. Abercrombie has been outstanding in net as of late, cutting her goals against average to a season-low 1.29 after having a season-high 2.43 GAA after a 3-0 loss at Long Beach State in the second game of the season.
SCOUTING THE LUMBERJACKS
Northern Arizona has scored 15 goals on 200 shots this season with Sam Monahan's six scores leading the team. Katie Tribbey has three assists to pace the Lumberjacks while Lauren Weaver has played the majority of minutes in net, with a 1.87 goals against average and conference-best 78 saves in 12 starts. Natasha Slaughter and Kendra Teesdale have also seen time in net this season.
SCOUTING THE BEARS
Sacramento State and Northern Colorado are tied for third in the Big Sky Conference standings with equal 2-1 conference records. The Bears have scored 18 goals on 214 shots this season while allowing 20 scores on 211 shots. JJ Wykstra has a team-best four goals while Ariel Cook has a team-high four assists. The pair are tied for the team lead with eight total points. Keeper Kristen Salminen has played every minute in net for the Bears and has accumulated a 1.34 goals against average with 71 saves.
THIS WEEKEND IN THE BIG SKY
In other conference games, Montana is at Weber State and Eastern Washington plays at Idaho on Thursday while Northern Colorado is at Portland State on Friday. EWU and Montana switch opponents on Saturday while NAU is at Portland State on Sunday.
The Hornets have only two games remaining after this weekend's home slate. Sacramento State will host Idaho State on Nov. 20 for a rare Thursday afternoon tilt before playing at Weber State on Oct. 23 to close out the regular season.