GENDRON SAVES, ANDERSON GOALS LEAD WOMEN’S SOCCER PAST PACIFIC 2-1
STOCKTON, Calif. – Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Hannah Gendron made a career-high 14 saves, tied for the second most saves in a match in program history, and sophomore Alyssa Anderson scored twice for her second multi-goal game of the season as Sacramento State scored a 2-1 victory over Pacific.
Gendron made nine saves in the first half and five more in the second half to finish with 14 stops, tied for second in Hornet program history to the 20 saves made by Dawn Anderson in 1995 – also against Pacific. Gendron was making just her second career start in place of injured junior Kimberly Mata and helped the Hornets withstand 32 shots and 13 corner kicks taken by the Tigers, both opponent match highs against Sacramento State this season.
"Hannah had a really good game and stopped all the shots she was supposed to stop and made some big saves," Sacramento State head coach Randy Dedini said. "She played very confidently for somebody who had to step in without a lot of game experience. She really had two good games this weekend, which says a lot about her preparation and being ready when called upon."
Gendron made four saves in the first 16 minutes of the match before Anderson got the Hornets on the board. A corner kick in the 17th minute by redshirt freshman Jennifer Lum led to a shot by junior Kassi Anast that was stopped by Pacific goalkeeper Lena Perry, but Anderson pounced on the rebound to give Sacramento State the lead.
Pacific responded quickly and scored an equalizer just six minutes later on a shot by Alex Hussar inside the right post. After two mores saves by Gendron the Hornets regained the lead in the 30th minute as a lead pass from sophomore McKenna Swanson found Anderson for a shot to the far side for the third multi-goal game of her young career.
After a 16-8 shot advantage in the first half the Tigers had a 16-3 shot edge in the second half and kept the pressure on the Hornet back line throughout. Sacramento State blocked several shots, however, and limited Pacific's shots on goal to five in the final 45 minutes.
The Tigers had their best chances at a late equalizer in the 70th minute as Gendron stopped a point-blank shot, a rebound was blocked by the Hornet defense, and a third shot attempt missed just wide of the net. The Hornets dodged four more shots and two corner kicks in the final 10 minutes for the win.
Anderson now has 13 points and a Big Sky-best six goals this season despite playing in just eight matches. She has already doubled her scoring total from last season when she was an all-Big Sky honorable mention selection and has scored more than half of Sacramento State's 11 total goals this season.
"She's just on fire right now," said Dedini of his sophomore forward. "She is playing with a lot of confidence and is extremely dangerous the way she's going right now."
The Hornets improved to 4-4-1 while Pacific dropped to 1-6-2. The match served as a strong final preparation for Big Sky play, which Sacramento State will open at Hornet Field at 4p.m. Friday vs. North Dakota.
"It was a really good game for us to enter conference play," Dedini said. "It played a lot like a conference game; it was physical and a dog-fight to the finish."