WOMEN'S SOCCER REMAINS PERFECT AT HOME AFTER 2-0 TRIUMPH OVER CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Behind a goal apiece from senior Amanda Gray and sophomore Katelin Hopping, Sacramento State pushed their home record to 5-0-0 on the season with a 2-0 victory over Cal State Bakersfield on Friday, Sept. 28 at Hornet Soccer Field.
With the win, the Hornets improve their overall record to 5-2-1 on the season, while the Roadrunners fall to 2-7-0.
After surviving an early scare which saw Cal State Bakersfield post two quality shots in the first five minutes, Sacramento State was able to strike first in the 16th minute. Kim Kemper found fellow sophomore teammate Hopping with a beautiful cross that was volleyed past Roadrunner 'keeper Nicole Padilla and into the net to give the Hornets a 1-0 advantage. Sacramento State had another strong scoring opportunity in the first half in the 26th minute when senior Katie McCoy placed a corner kick on the head of junior Sarah Howard, who saw her header hit the crossbar to keep the score at 1-0.
Insurance came fresh out of halftime, as in the 53rd minute sophomore Danielle Holloway had a shot saved by Padilla, but the Roadrunners' goalie was unable to control the ball. The deflection trickled harmlessly to Gray, who struck the ball into the then empty net to account for the final margin of victory at 2-0.
The Hornets, who came into the match ranked fourth nationally in scoring at 3.14 goals per game, outshot Cal State Bakersfield 11-5, including 7-2 in the first half of play. Hopping led the Sacramento State charge with three shots, including two on goal, while Howard and junior Rebeccah Phillips added two shots apiece.
The Roadrunner defense held McCoy, who entered the contest ranked fifth nationally in points per game, without a shot for the first time this season. It also marked just the second time this season she was held without a point.
Sophomore Mandy Trojan posted her third clean sheet of the season while stopping 3 shots in goal.
The Roadrunners were shutout for the seventh time this season, having their record fall to 0-7-0 when they fail to score a goal. They were led by Alexa Vickroy's two shots, which included one on goal.
The Hornets will wrap up the home portion of their non-conference schedule on Sunday, Sept. 30 as they host UTEP. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. against the Miners, and is game one of a doubleheader with the men's soccer team.