Elece McBride scored the game-winning goal against Nevada in the 82nd minute.
Elece McBride scored the game-winning goal against Nevada in the 82nd minute.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Senior forward Elece McBride scored with less than 10 minutes remaining and the Sacramento State women's soccer team won its 2012 season opener, 2-1, over Nevada on Sunday afternoon at Hornet Field.

The Hornets (1-0) also received a goal from senior Jessica Castaño in the 48th minute while Nevada (1-1) had its lone goal scored on a header by Chrisalyn Fonte. 

Sacramento State took five shots and placed all on goal in the first half but could not break through. The Hornets' best chance came on a header by freshman defender Kassidy Kellogg off a free kick, but Nevada keeper Dana Moreno made a great leaping save to prevent the sure goal. Nevada appeared to have taken a 1-0 lead early, but a goal by Kori Disarufino was waved off due to offsides. 

After a scoreless first half, both teams were able to get on the scoreboard. 

Less than three minutes after halftime, Castaño took a shot from inside the box that bounced off Moreno's gloves and the midfielder from Fremont collected her own rebound and knocked in a point-blank goal. Castaño did not score in 17 starts last season.

Nevada answered in the 67th minute. Madison Lorenzen fired a free kick into the box from 30 yards out and Fonte leaped to redirect the ball into the back of the net near the far post. 

The Hornets maintained possession for most of the game and it paid off in the 82nd minute. Sacramento State brought the ball up slowly and eventually Kellogg had it on the right wing. The freshman from Sandy, Utah, lobbed in a perfect cross to the feet of McBride at the near post, who shielded the defender behind her as she took possession. McBride then turned left quickly and fired a low shot across the front of the net which went in near the far post.

McBride redshirt last season but was the Hornets' second-leading scorer in 2010 with seven goals. She was named the 2010 Big Sky Conference Tournament MVP after scoring game-winning goals in both the semifinals and the championship match.

Sophomore Kimberly Mata started in goal for the Hornets and made three saves. Moreno notched six saves for the Wolf Pack.

Up next for Sacramento State is rival UC Davis. The Hornets and Aggies meet at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24 at Hornet Field. The Sacramento State athletics department took home the Causeway Cup championship last season and looks to defend its title in 2012.