Leah Larot scored her eighth career goal against the Aztecs.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A penalty kick goal by San Diego State with just 29 seconds remaining in the first half broke a 1-1 tie and the Sacramento State women's soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision to the Aztecs on Sunday afternoon at the Hornet Soccer Field. Sacramento State slides to 0-2 on the young season while SDSU improves to 1-1.
The Hornets got on the board first with a nice goal from forward Leah Larot
just 97 seconds into the contest. The senior from San Jose collected a pass at the top of the box and used a soft touch and her blazing speed to get around the last Aztec defender before slotting a low shot to the far post that skipped under a diving SDSU keeper Aubree Southwick. It was Larot's eighth career goal and the first for Sacramento State this season.
But San Diego State would answer in the 27th minute. Michaela DeJesus pounded a shot from the top of the goal box to the far post that snuck through a crowded defense and past Sacramento State keeper Savannah Abercrombie
The play was back and forth for the rest of the half before Sacramento State was whistled for a foul after a SDSU player was tripped up in a bunch of players just inside the 18 yard box. Sarah Halverson converted on the penalty kick.
Sacramento State had many opportunities in the second period, including a beautiful slicing shot from Felecia Novoa that sailed just inches outside the goal, but the Hornets could not convert and SDSU held on for the win.
The Hornets had a 10-8 edge in shots (5-4 SOG) while the Aztecs had the advantage in saves (4-2), corner kicks (2-1) and fouls (14-16).
Sacramento State will be on the road for three games with San Jose State, Pacific and Long Beach State before opening a three game homestand by playing host to Nevada at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 10.