WOMEN'S SOCCER HOSTS IDAHO STATE ON THURSDAY IN FINAL HOME GAME OF 2011 SEASON
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's soccer team will play host to Idaho State at 4 p.m. on Thursday in its final regular season home game before closing out the 2011 campaign at Weber State on Sunday.
Women's soccer hosts its final home game of the season at 4 p.m. on Thursday.
Both games are crucial to the Hornets' postseason hopes as Sacramento State (6-7-2, 2-1-2 Big Sky) is currently tied for third with Portland State 6-7-2, 2-1-2) in the Big Sky Conference standings. Montana is a close fifth with a 2-2-1 league mark and could jump both the Vikings and Hornets in the standings this weekend. Northern Colorado and Weber State are tied for first at 3-1-1 in conference play. Northern Arizona, Idaho State and Eastern Washington each have one league win.
Saramento State is 3-8-3 all-time against Idaho State since the program started in 1994. In Randy Dedini's four years at the helm, the Hornets are 1-2-1 versus the Bengals, including a home win two seasons ago. Sacramento State has a much better record against Weber State. The Hornets are 7-9-2 all-time against the Wildcats, but have been dominate lately, winning four of the last five meetings.
SCOUTING THE HORNETS
Sacramento State has dominated opponents in league play but has just a 2-1-2 record to show for it. The Hornets have outshot conference teams 95-60 and have a big advantage in corner kicks (33-16) but have outscored Big Sky teams just 5-4. Jordan Carlberg has taken a team-high 24 shots in five league games and has one goal and one assist. Jordyn Rolling's two goals in conference games leads the team. Overall, Victoria Ramirez leads the Hornets with six goals and Caitlin Pulver is second with four scores. Carlberg and Ramirez are tied for the team-lead with three assists. Goalkeeper Savannah Abercrombie has a 1.15 goals against average with 59 saves and six shutouts. Her GAA ranks her third in the conference while she ranks No. 7 in saves.
SCOUTING THE BENGALS
Idaho State had lost five straight games before knocking off Eastern Washington, 2-1, on Friday before losing to Montana, 2-1, on Sunday. The Bengals have been outscored 36-20 on the season and 6-10 in conference games. Ashley Jones has scored all four of her goals this season in Big Sky Conference games. Amanda Ellsworth leads the team overall with six goals while Rachel Strawn has a team-high five assists. Allyson Stainbrook is a close second with four assists. Goalkeeper Maloney Hutchings has the second-worst goals against average in the league at 2.32 with 70 saves.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Weber State has scored the fewest goals in the conference but has made up for it with the lowest goals against average. The Wildcats have scored 10 goals in 15 games this season but sport a team 1.07 goals against average. Keeper Ryann Waldman plays the majority of minutes and is second in the league with a 1.09 goals against avearge in 13 games. Felecia Sortor leads the team with three goals while no player has more than one assist. In conference games, Weber State has scored five goals while allowing five goals as well.
THIS WEEKEND IN THE BIG SKY
Weber State will visit Portland State on Thursday before coming to Sacramento on Sunday. Idaho State does the opposite, traveling to Portland on Sunday after playing here on Thursday. Montana hosts Northern Arizona before visiting Northern Colorado. Eastern Washington hosts Northern Colorado before traveling to Northern Arizona.
The Big Sky Conference Tournament is set for Nov. 3-6 with the No. 1 seed hosting.