WOMEN'S SOCCER TAKES CARE OF FRESNO STATE 5-1
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Four different Hornets found the back of the net, leading Sacramento State to a 5-1 triumph over Fresno State on Sunday, Sept. 9 at Hornet Soccer Field.
With the win, the Hornets improve their perfect record on the season to 3-0-0, while the Bulldogs fall to 1-2-0.
Offense came early and often for the Hornets on the day, as it took Sacramento State just 6:26 to find the back of the net. Sophomore forward Kim Kemper took a nice cross from freshman Leah Larot and hammered it home to give the Hornets the early advantage at 1-0.
The score became 2-0 in the 27th-minute as junior Missy Matzen took a perfect backwards flick from senior Katie McCoy and headed it past Fresno State goalkeeper Jennifer Zenovich for her first goal of the season. Less than five minutes later, in the 31st-minute, junior Rebeccah Phillips scored on a feed from Kemper to give the Hornets a 3-0 lead.
Sacramento State was not done for the half, as in the 35th-minute freshman Kylee Blatz scored on a wonderfully timed chip over the 'keeper off of a rebound of a similar shot attempt by Kemper to give the Hornets a 4-0 lead at the break.
The Hornets opened the scoring in the second half in the 58th-minute as Kemper headed-home her second goal of the game off of a free-kick cross from McCoy to push the lead to 5-0.
The Bulldogs scored a late goal in the 80th-minute, the first against the Hornets this season, as Andrea Salvador redirected a cross from Ali Sill to account for the final margin of 5-1.
Kemper had a banner day for the Hornets, scoring five points to lead Sacramento State. McCoy added two assists, giving her three goals and three assists in three contests on the season.
In goal, sophomore Mandy Trojan ran her scoreless streak to start the season to 250:55 before being pulled in the 71st-minute.
Both teams had plenty of scoring opportunities, as the Bulldogs posted 14 shots and the Hornets tallied 16.
Sacramento State heads on the road for the first time during the regular season this week, as they travel to Nevada and Causeway-rival UC Davis. The Hornets will face the Wolf Pack on Friday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. and the Aggies on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 12 p.m.