FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Sacramento State’s 1-0 loss at Northern Arizona dropped the Hornets into a three-way tie for third place in the Big Sky Conference standings on Sunday.
The lone goal of the match came off the foot of the Lumberjacks’ Cee Cee Odorfer. It was her sixth goal of the season as she fired a shot past Sacramento State keeper Jenny Lawrence from about 20 yards out.
The Hornets outshot Northern Arizona 17-16, led by freshman Beverly Goebel’s five attempts.
Idaho State (9-7-0, 5-1-0) holds on to first place in the Big Sky standings, followed by Portland State (4-12-1, 4-2-0). Both teams went 2-0 over the weekend.
Each Big Sky team has one match remaining in the regular season, with Sacramento State (9-7-2, 3-2-1), Weber State (8-6-3, 3-2-1) and Montana (9-7-1, 3-2-1) all tied for third. Northern Arizona (7-9-1, 2-3-1) also has a chance to make the Big Sky postseason tournament, which takes the top four finishers from the regular season standings.
The Hornets travel to Portland State for a 7 p.m. match on Friday and hold their playoff destiny in their own hands. With a victory in Portland, Sacramento State would clinch a playoff spot despite any other results in the conference.
Other matches that weekend include Montana at Eastern Washington, Idaho State at Weber State and Northern Colorado at Northern Arizona.
With a victory at Weber State, the Bengals would clinch the regular season title and host the postseason tournament (Nov. 2-4) in Pocatello. A Portland State victory and Bengals’ loss would move the tournament to Portland, with the tiebreaker being the Vikings 1-0 victory over Idaho State on Oct. 5.