WOMEN'S SOCCER TAKES DOWN FIRST PLACE WEBER STATE, 1-0
OGDEN, Utah - Freshman Elece McBride scored an unassisted goal in the 31st minute, propelling the Sacramento State women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over the first place Weber State Wildcats on Saturday, Oct. 25.
With the victory, the Hornets improve to 9-8-1 on the season, 3-3 in Big Sky Conference play, while the Wildcats fall to 7-8-2, 4-2 in the Big Sky.
Coming into the game in the 22nd minute, McBride made an immediate impact at the forward position, providing the Hornets their only two shots on goal in the first half. After her first shot was saved by Weber State 'keeper Rebecca Ritchie, McBride came back in the 31st minute, stealing the ball from a Wildcat defender before unleashing a shot from 18 yards out that found the back of the net for her first career goal, giving the Hornets a 1-0 lead.
Despite being outshot by the Wildcats 9-4 in the first half and 18-10 for the match, the Hornets were able to hold on for their third conference victory, and first away from Hornet Soccer Field.
Redshirt freshman Savannah Abercrombie recorded her seventh clean sheet of the season, which ties her with Stacy Himes (1996) for the second most shutouts in a season. Abercrombie is just two behind injured teammate Mandy Trojan, who set the school's single-season mark last season.
The victory sets up a showdown next weekend in Portland, as Sacramento State will most likely need a victory over Portland State to reach the Big Sky Tournament, and defend their conference crown from a season ago. The matchup is scheduled to kickoff on Halloween night, October 31, at 7 p.m.