POCATELLO, Idaho – Idaho State senior forward Amanda Ellsworth scored twice in the first half and, though Sacramento State was able to get one goal back in the 89th minute, the squad ran out of time to net an equalizer as the Bengals held on for a 2-1 win.
Senior Jordyn Rolling scored the lone goal for Sacramento State, which dropped to 7-7-2 overall and 3-3-1 in the Big Sky. Idaho State started the day behind the Hornets in the conference standings but moved one point ahead with the win as the team improved to 3-1-2 in conference and 6-6-2 overall.
Rolling scored her fourth goal in the last five matches, putting home a cross from junior Kristen Bridges with one minute and 28 seconds left in regulation, but the Hornets were unable to take another shot over the final seconds of the match.
Idaho State had a 13-10 overall shot advantage for the match and an 8-4 edge in shots on goal. Each team had seven corner kicks and the Bengals, who already led the Big Sky by a wide margin in yellow cards, picked up two more yellows and were whistled for 16 fouls, an opponent game high against Sacramento State this season.
The Hornets controlled play early in the match with three corner kicks and one shot within the first 15 minutes. The Bengals got their first corner kick in the 17th minute and were able to convert it to a goal as a corner by Mikaela Carrillo found Ellsworth for a deflection into the Hornet goal from close range.
The Bengals remained on the attack and did not allow another Hornet shot until the final seconds of the half. Before that the home team added a second goal as Ellsworth took a lead pass from Katherine Roberts to the right side of the Hornet goal and fired a shot over top of Hornet goalkeeper Kimberly Mata to double the Idaho State lead in the 36th minute.
After not placing a shot on goal in the first half and being outshot 8-2 overall, the Hornets controlled tempo in the second half with an 8-5 shot advantage while placing four shots on goal.
Mata made four saves in the second period to keep her team close, and the Hornets had three shots and two corner kicks in the final 10 minutes of the contest before Rolling was able to finish.
The assist for Bridges was her first career point, as Sacramento State now has 15 players that have recorded points this season. The two goals by Ellsworth brought her career total to 23, making her Idaho State's all-time leading scorer.
Sacramento State moves on to play Weber State at 11 a.m. Saturday in Ogden in another crucial Big Sky match. The Hornets and Wildcats each have 10 points this season and may be battling each other for a spot in the Big Sky Tournament.