The Hornets play UC Santa Cruz and Penn in their final non-conference weekend of 2012.
The Hornets play UC Santa Cruz and Penn in their final non-conference weekend of 2012.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's soccer team will play host to UC Santa Cruz and Penn this weekend before opening up Big Sky Conference play next week.

The Hornets (1-3-2) will meet the Banana Slugs (3-4) at 4 p.m. on Friday before playing the Quakers (2-2) at 1 p.m. on Sunday. 

Members of the FC Elk Grove soccer club (12-and-under) can gain entry to Sunday's doubleheader with men's soccer for free when wearing their uniforms. Parents and family members of FC Elk Grove players can purchase 2-for-1 tickets for the pair of games as well. 

You can follow along with both matches via LIVE STATS or on twitter @HORNETSPORTS.

Since winning their season opener, 2-1, over Nevada, the Hornets have gone 0-3-2. Sacramento State has scored just twice in that five game span. Elece McBride has a team-high two scores this season while three players have notched single assists. Both Shelby Tomasello and Kimberly Mata have made three starts each in net. Tomasello sports a 1.16 goals against average with 18 saves while Mata, who was in goal for the lone win this year, has a 2.33 GAA with 14 saves. As a team, the Hornets have scored four goals on 80 shots while opponents have scored 11 times on 97 attempts.

UC Santa Cruz, which competes at the Div. III level, sports a 3-4 record this season and is coming off back-to-back losses to Chapman and San Francisco State. The Banana Slugs, who are not a member of a conference for women's soccer, have scored six goals this season, led by Justine Dougherty's two scores. Keeper Monica Chazen has played all seven games in net, with a 0.81 GAA and 39 saves. 

Penn, which plays at Cal on Friday night, is 2-2 at this moment in the 2012 season. The Quakers opened up the year with home wins against James Madison and Temple but lost to Marist and at Drexel last weekend. In both of their losses, the Quakers did not score. Overall, four different players have recorded goals and three different players have notched assists. Keeper Sarah Banks has played all four games in net, with 12 saves and a 1.000 GAA. As a team, Penn has four goals on 46 shots while its opponents have four goals on 29 attempts.

In the two teams' first and only meeting, Sacramento State defeated UC Santa Cruz, 2-0, in 2008. Then-freshman Elece McBride, now a senior, tallied both of the Hornets' assists in the game on goals by Katelin Hopping and Jessica Gregory. Penn and Sacramento State have never met.