SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Northern Arizona scored two goals in less than a minute and a half midway through the first half and added an insurance goal in the second half to score a 3-0 win over Sacramento State on Friday at Hornet Field.
"We need to have a better reaction when we get scored upon; our reaction was down and we dropped our heads and before we knew it we gave up two and that put us in a bad situation," Sacramento State head coach Randy Dedini said. "We have to have a better reaction when things don't go well for us and we need to fight back. We have to look past this and look to play better on Sunday and come out with a sense of urgency."
Sacramento State (6-6-2, 2-2-1 Big Sky) managed just one shot on goal for the contest, though the overall shots were even at 10-10. The Hornets did have an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks but could not convert, as the offensive attack as a whole was not what Dedini expects from his team.
"We weren't creative enough when we had the ball," he said. "We were very predictable in our attack and we didn't switch the ball enough, and if you give a ball away to the other team enough times they will have some moments and some good finishes."
Neither team was particularly successful offensively early on, and though both teams had a shot on goal in the first 30 minutes, neither was a significant scoring threat.
Northern Arizona (7-3-3, 3-1-0 Big Sky) broke through in the 33rd minute when sophomore Cierra Gamble picked up a lose ball in the Hornet box and dropped it back to sophomore Haley Wingender, who fired into the near corner to give the Lumberjacks the lead.
Just 1:27 later the visitors would strike again with a goal very similar to their first tally. Sophomore Malia Tano would get the assist on goal number two as she found teammate Savannah Berry for an easy finish and a 2-0 lead.
Sacramento State picked up the pace offensively in the second half as it held a 5-2 shot advantage for the period and had seven second-half corner kicks, but the squad was unable to put any shots on frame.
It was the Lumberjacks that had the lone goal in the second half as Wingender found space left of the Hornet goal and sent a cross that was redirected by Gamble into the far corner for a 3-0 lead in the 69th minute. The Hornets had four corner kicks over the last 11 minutes of regulation but NAU did not allow any clean looks on net.
Northern Arizona senior goalkeeper Lauren Weaver needed the make just one save to record her fifth shutout of the season. Redshirt freshman Jennifer Lum and sophomore Alyssa Anderson paced the Hornets with three shots apiece, with Lum recording the team's only shot on goal.
Sacramento State had allowed just three goals in six home matches this season before the Lumberjacks struck for three scores on Friday.
The Hornets will return to the pitch Sunday to host Southern Utah at 1 p.m. Sacramento State seniors Melissa Gomez, Raylene Larot, Jordyn Rolling, Jami Shimada, and Gabriela Trenton will be honored prior to the match.