WOMEN'S SOCCER TIES BEARS 1-1, FALLS INTO SECOND PLACE
GREELEY, Col. - Reigning Big Sky Offensive Player of the Week Katie McCoy connected on her 10th goal of the season in the 43rd minute, but the Hornets were forced to settle for a 1-1 tie with Northern Colorado on Friday, Oct. 26 at Jackson Soccer Stadium.
With the tie, Sacramento State (8-3-5) remains unbeaten in Big Sky Conference play at 2-0-3, while the Bears (6-7-3) move to 2-1-2 in the Big Sky.
Sacramento State struck first near the end of the first half, as McCoy found herself with the ball near midfield. The senior out of La Mesa, Calif. then dribbled through the Bear defense before unleashing a strong boot into the top-left corner of the net, past Northern Colorado 'keeper Heidi Owen for a 1-0 Hornet lead.
The answer for the Bears came in half number two, as Northern Colorado was awarded a penalty kick for a foul in the box in the 60th minute, and Megan Miller connected to tie the game at 1-1.
Despite the Hornets scoring in the first half and the Bears scoring in the second, the opposing teams controlled much of the play in the scoring halves. Northern Colorado outshot the Hornets 10-6 in the first half, while Sacramento State outshot the Bears 7-3 in the second half.
In the overtime periods, the Bears outshot the Hornets 5-1, but sophomore 'keeper Mandy Trojan came up big once again for Sacramento State, stopping four shots during the extra sessions.
McCoy's 10 goals on the season marks the fifth most goals in a season in Sacramento State school history.
In other Big Sky action, Weber State defeated Eastern Washington 1-0, propelling them past Sacramento State for first place in the conference standings. Northern Arizona downed Portland State 3-0 to push themselves back in the race for a Big Sky Conference Tournament bid, awarded to the conference's top four teams, while defending Tournament champions Idaho State posted their first win of the season, defeating Montana 1-0. With two games remaining on the conference docket, the Hornets now find themselves in second place, hosting a team on Sunday, Northern Arizona, who would jump past Sacramento State with a win. Updated conference standings are below:
Rank Team Record Points
1. Weber State 3-1-1 10
2. Sacramento State 2-0-3 9
3. Northern Colorado 2-1-2 8
4. Northern Arizona* 2-2-1 7
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5. Portland State 2-2-1 7
6. Idaho State 1-1-3 6
7. Montana 1-3-1 4
8. Eastern Washington 1-4-0 3
*owns tiebreaker over PSU