WOMEN'S SOCCER FALLS IN NCAA FIRST ROUND TO STANFORD
STANFORD, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's soccer team fell to top seeded Stanford, 7-0, on Friday, Nov. 16 at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.
With the loss, the Hornets finish the season with a record of 12-4-5, while the Cardinal improve to 15-2-4. Stanford will move on to the second round of the tournament, facing rival Cal, who defeated Santa Clara 2-0 in the day's earlier match, on Sunday afternoon.
Stanford took control from the opening whistle, scoring less than a minute in, as Christen Press found the back of the net just 37 seconds into the contest to make the score 1-0. Stanford extended the lead in the 8th minute, as Kelley O'Hara found the back of the net to extend the margin to 2-0. The Hornets were then credited with an own goal in the 27th minute, putting Sacramento State down 3-0 at the half.
The Cardinal continued to pour it on, scoring four goals in the second half of play, which two goals in the final 5:08 of gametime, to post the final margin of 7-0.
Stanford outshot the Hornets 31-8, with Hornet sophomore 'keeper Mandy Trojan collected a career best 12 saves, which is the fifth best single game save performance in school history. Senior Katie McCoy and sophomore Danielle Holloway led the Hornets with two shots apiece.
The NCAA Tournament match, which marked the first NCAA appearance by a Hornet women's soccer team, was the final game action in the Green and Gold for seniors Katie Burton, Amanda Gray, and Katie McCoy. All three players were named first team all-Big Sky this season, with McCoy being named Offensive MVP and Conference Tournament MVP. All told, they played a combined 203 matches at Sacramento State, including 150 starts. McCoy ends her career tied with Erin Harrington (1994-97) for the most matches played in a career with 76, while becoming the second Hornet in history to average 1.0 points per game or above, tallying 76 for her career.