COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Sacramento State and Colorado College traded goals in the first five minutes of play on Sunday, then let Jenny Lawrence and Geneva Sills take over.
The two sophomore goalkeepers were solid the rest of the way, including a pair of 10-minute overtime periods, as the Hornets and Tigers battled to a 1-1 tie at Stewart Field.
Sacramento State’s Sarah Howard struck just 1:24 into the match, recording her first goal of the season. Sophomore Missy Matzen redirected Kelly Novak’s corner kick from the right side with her head, across the box to Howard, who converted from five yards for an early lead.
A little more than three minutes later, Colorado College’s Emily Beans took a pass from freshman Kelly LaVoie on the left side, cut into the middle and beat Lawrence from the top of the box to knot the score.
Lawrence finished with eight saves, including a pair of big ones on Lisa Balsama and Wendy Farrens in the final five minutes of regulation. The Belmont, Calif., native got just enough of Balsama’s shot from in front to steer it off the right post, then got back in position to rob Farrens on the rebound, again with some help from the same post.
The match was as even as the score indicated, with both teams attempting 20 shots overall. The Hornets, 5-4-1, had three corner kicks to Colorado College’s four, as well as 12 fouls to the Tigers’ 11. Colorado College is now 7-1-1 for the season, and is undefeated (6-0-1) in its last seven outings.
The Hornets return to their home field next weekend for their final tune-ups before Big Sky Conference play begins. Sacramento State hosts Boise State at 3 p.m. on Friday followed by a 12 p.m. match with Cal Poly on Sunday in a doubleheader with the men’s team. The men will play its Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opener against San Jose State at 2:30 p.m.