SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Jordyn Rolling scored late in the first half and sophomore Kassidy Kellogg scored late in the second half as the Sacramento State women's soccer team notched a 2-0 win over the Sacramento Storm in an exhibition match Sunday at Hornet Field.
"We feel like we're playing really good soccer," head coach Randy Dedini said. "We were playing a little bit slow and sluggish to start but I felt like in the second half our possession was a little bit better and we kept them from having the ball as much as in the first half."
Playing under 99-degree heat and direct sunlight both teams needed time to adjust to the elements, as the first shot on goal of the contest did not occur until the 31st minute. Junior Kimberly Mata was solid in net in the first half, and despite a 6-4 shot advantage for the Storm the Hornets kept the visitors off the scoreboard.
Sacramento State broke through in the 41st minute, as a lead pass from senior Melissa Gomez found Rolling angling towards the goal line right of the Storm net. Rolling lofted a shot off the Storm keeper and into the left corner of the goal to give the Hornets a 1-0 lead they would take into the break.
Redshirt freshman Hannah Gendron spelled Mata in the second half and continued the home team's strong defensive play along with its back line. The Davis native made an early save in the second stanza before the Hornets nearly doubled their lead on a chip from junior Shelby Salvacion. Storm keeper Gabby got a piece of the ball as it moved on goal before striking the left post and deflecting out of play.
The Hornets would cash in a second goal off a set piece with less than four minutes remaining. Sophomore Josie Jogwe sent a corner kick above the goalmouth that found Kellogg in stride for a one-time volley into the Storm goal to ice a 2-0 win.
Gendron finished with three saves to combine with Mata for the blank sheet. Sacramento State had a balanced attack with six different players authoring shots in the match with four on net. The Storm had an 11-6 overall advantage but placed just four on goal and had limited scoring opportunities on the afternoon.
After their final exhibition match the Hornets set their sites on the regular season opener at 5 p.m. Friday in a Causeway Cup clash at UC Davis.
"We're pretty excited going into the season," Dedini said. "Our back line is shaping up and we have a lot of different players up top who can be dangerous for us. We had 11 new payers last year and now those players are stepping up into new roles. Everyone on the team is really excited about what we can do this year."