SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sophomore Alyssa Anderson scored her Big Sky-leading third goal of the season in the 71st minute and goalkeeper Kimberly Mata and the Hornet defense limited San José State's opportunities as the Hornets scored a 1-0 win on Sunday at Hornet Field.
The Hornets earned their second win of the season to improve to 2-3-0 while the Spartans remained winless in 2013 at 0-6-0.
"We were extremely upset with our first-half performance and we gave it to them a little bit at halftime and they responded well," Sacramento State head coach Randy Dedini said. "It was a better second half; I wouldn't say it was great, but it was better. I think it's a good sign for us that we played poorly but found that one moment to get a goal so I'm happy about that."
That one moment came on a scorching hot afternoon in which temperatures neared 100 degrees and play was less than crisp. The heat seemed to affect both teams in the first half as both sides utilized numerous substitutions in the opening period. There was only one shot on goal in the first half, a Spartan try that was stopped easily by Mata, and Sacramento State only attempted a single shot in the half to three by the visitors as neither team had a quality scoring chance through the opening-45.
Play picked up in the second half as the Spartans had the early pressure and forced Mata to make three early stops. Sacramento State's first shot on goal of the contest found the back of the net in the 71st minute, as a fine entry pass by senior Raylene Larot found Anderson open along the left side. The sophomore slid a shot to the far post past Spartan goalkeeper Zoe Makrigiannis to give the Hornets the lead.
Each team only had one shot on goal through the remainder of regulation, with Mata making an easy stop in the 82nd minute and Makrigiannis stopping a free kick try from Hornet midfielder Ashley Cella in the 85th minute, as Sacramento State held on for the win.
Anderson's third goal of the season tied her with Portland State's Eryn Brown for the conference lead. It was one of only two shots on goal for the Hornets in the match while the Spartans forced five stops by Mata for her second clean sheet of the season. San José State had an 8-4 overall shot advantage with a 4-3 edge in corner kicks.
The Spartans were assessed a red card in the 85th minute and had to play the last five and a half minutes of the contest with just 10 players.
Sacramento State will be right back on Hornet Field at 5 p.m. Wednesday to host Fresno Pacific.