BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The Sacramento State women's soccer team got a pair of goals from sophomore Alyssa Anderson and an early tally from sophomore Kassidy Kellogg en route to a 3-1 win on Sunday afternoon in Bakersfield.
The Hornets (1-2-0) earned their first victory of the season and gave head coach Randy Dedini his 50th career win as the Hornet head coach. The Roadrunners dropped to 1-3-0.
"It was all mentality; we went in knowing we had to win this game to build some confidence and validate what we've been doing in practice," Dedini said. "A good week of practice translated to better play on the field and our mentality was fantastic going into this game. It took about 15 minutes for us to get a rhythm with our possession but once we gained the rhythm we really dominated possession and created some really quality chances and some good goals."
Anderson recorded the second two-goal game of her career after she tallied two scores during her freshman season at Southern Utah. Senior Gabriella Trenton, who had totaled two career assists coming into Sunday's game, double her career total with assists on each of the first two Hornet goals.
Sacramento State goalkeeper Kimberly Mata was tested early as the junior made two saves within the first seven minutes before the Hornets had a pair of tries stopped by Roadrunner goalkeeper Megan Vina. Sacramento State's third shot on goal would find the back of the net, as Trenton sent a cross into the box that found Kellogg for the Hornets' first goal of the season.
The Roadrunners nearly tied the score in the 37th minute when freshman Caroline Muoio hit the crossbar, but neither team recorded a shot on goal for the remainder of the half after Kellogg's tally in the 19th minute as the Hornets held the halftime lead.
The Hornets had the early pressure in the second half and double their lead in the 54th minute. A long pass from Trenton found Anderson on the move and her shot from 10 yards out beat Vina to give the visitors a 2-0 lead.
Anderson scored again in the 72nd minute when she put home a feed from senior Jordyn Rolling to extend the Hornet lead to 3-0. The Roadrunners got a goal back five minutes later when Emily Noethe beat Mata from five yards out, but Mata stopped the final two Bakersfield shots on goal to finish off a 3-1 win.
"Getting a taste of a win was really nice and they're excited to come home," said Dedini, whose team will have three straight home matches after opening the season with three on the road. "Having worked really hard in practice, it was nice to see the results at the end of the day. They stepped up today and showed what we are capable of."
Mata recorded six saves in the win and totaled 18 saves in two matches this weekend. Bakersfield had an 11-10 overall advantage in shots but Sacramento State had an 8-7 edge in shots on goal.
The Hornets return to Sacramento for their first regular season home matches next week, hosting UNLV at 2:30 p.m. Friday and San Jose State at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Both matches will be part of doubleheaders with the Sacramento State men's soccer team.