SACRAMENTO, Calif. – On a day in which quality scoring chances were minimal for both teams Sacramento State and Northern Colorado played 110 minutes of scoreless soccer to record a 0-0 draw.
"I think we played very strong in the back and we had just an overall strong game," Sacramento State head coach Randy Dedini said. "I thought we looked a little tired in the second half but in the overtime we got some energy and were pushing the action a lot, but we just couldn't find the final pass to get a goal. I give our girls a lot of credit; Northern Colorado is always well organized and well coached and they did a good job of eliminating any great chances."
Each team managed just six shots on goal for the contest and both had few high quality chances. Sacramento State (5-4-2, 1-0-1 Big Sky) had a 13-7 overall shot advantage and a 4-3 edge in corner kicks. Northern Colorado (4-4-3, 0-1-1 Big Sky) did not attempt a shot in either overtime period but was able to escape with the tie.
The respective goalies were tested early, with Northern Colorado senior Natalie D'Adamio making two stops in the first 16 minutes and Sacramento State senior Kimberly Mata making three saves in the first 23 minutes. Those would be their only saves of the half, as there would not be another shot on goal over the final 22 minutes and 38 seconds of the opening period.
The second half started quicker as Mata had to make a fine stop just 45 seconds in. The Hornets first try on net of the second half didn't come until the 66th minute while Mata made two more routine saves to send the match to overtime.
Sacramento State had consecutive corner kick attempts in the 95th and 96th minutes but could not convert either corner into a shot. Neither team had a shot in the first OT, but one minute into the second overtime Hornet sophomore Alyssa Anderson had a good chance in front of the goal denied by D'Adamio. The Hornets totaled three shots in the second extra period but D'Adamio made two saves to earn the tie.
Mata recorded her second consecutive shutout and her fourth clean sheet of the season as she totaled nine saves without allowing a goal in two matches over the weekend. Anderson led all players with three shots and was the only Hornet to put multiple tries on frame. The match was the second time in the last three seasons that Sacramento State and Northern Colorado had a scoreless draw on Hornet Field.
With three points in two matches the Hornets are tied for third place in the Big Sky after the opening weekend of conference play. Sacramento State is on the road next week with matches Friday at Montana and Sunday at Eastern Washington.