WOMEN’S SOCCER OPENS BIG SKY PLAY WITH 1-0 WIN OVER NORTH DAKOTA
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento State redshirt freshman Jennifer Lum scored in the 29th minute while the Hornets controlled possession and had a dominant 21-6 shot advantage in a 1-0 win over North Dakota on Friday at Hornet Field.
The match was the Big Sky Conference opener for both teams, as Sacramento State improved to 5-4-1 and North Dakota dropped to 1-9-1.
"I'm extremely excited that we got the three points; every point you get in conference is huge," Sacramento State head coach Randy Dedini said. "I'm proud of the girls; they did what they came out to do. We're happy to get the three and looking to get three more on Sunday."
The lone goal of the match came after the Hornets opened the action with a 7-0 shot advantage and forced UND goalkeeper Kristi Hestdalen to make four early saves. In the 29th minute a pass from redshirt freshman Ashley Cella found Lum with space just inside the top of the box as she took the pass and dribbled around a defender. Lum then struck a low shot at the North Dakota goal that snuck past a diving attempt by Hestdalen and inside the near post.
With the lead the Hornets continued on the attack and totaled a 12-1 shot advantage in the opening period. Just four minutes into the second half the Hornets nearly doubled their lead as junior Kristen Bridges had a header try off a corner kick denied on a point-blank save by Hestdalen.
North Dakota was able to find more offensive opportunities in the second half, attempting five shots and placing two on goal, but Hornet junior goalkeeper Kimberly Mata was relatively untested in her return to the lineup after missing two matches due to injury.
Mata made three stops to record her third shutout of the season. In addition to their large overall shot advantage, the Hornets had a 9-3 edge in shots on goal and attempted seven corner kicks while not allowing a single UND corner. Lum and sophomore Alyssa Anderson led the offensive attack with five shots apiece, with Lum placing four of her five shots on frame.
"I fell down so I didn't really see it go in, and wasn't sure if it went in until I heard the bench cheering a few seconds later," said Lum of her second career goal. "It was nice to get the goal. I think we played really well in the first half but we need to do better closing out games, but its good to get a win in our first (Big Sky) game."
The Hornets, who are now 4-1-1 over their last six contests, will return to the pitch at 1 p.m. Sunday when they play host to Northern Colorado. The Bears took a 3-1 loss at Portland State to open their conference season on Friday, dropping to 4-4-2 overall.
"We're happy to get the three points but we know we will have our hands full on Sunday with a strong team coming in," Dedini said. "We're young and we need to play a little bit more composed when we have a lead, and that's something we can work on and get better at, but we're happy with the win."