OGDEN, Utah - Senior forward Gabriela Trenton followed up her hat trick with a fourth goal in three matches but Weber State built a 3-0 lead early in the second half and held on for a 3-1 win on Saturday in Ogden.
The two teams entered Saturday's match tied for third place in the Big Sky with 10 points, as the win moved Weber State (8-4-3, 4-2-1 Big Sky) to 13 points while Sacramento State (7-8-2, 3-4-1 Big Sky) remained at 10 points with just one match remaining.
Weber State had a 24-10 shot advantage for the match and led 14-5 in shots on goal. Hornet junior goalkeeper Kimberly Mata made 11 saves to keep her team close while recording her third match this season with double-digit saves. Trenton scored her fourth goal in three matches after having never scored in her career until her hat trick last Sunday.
The Wildcats had most of the pressure in the first half as the Hornets placed just two shots on goal. Sacramento State did have a couple of scoring chances in the 27th minute as the visitors had a shot denied by Wildcat goalkeeper Ryann Waldman and on the ensuring corner kick had a try from redshirt freshman Alexa Heinzer that had to be stopped by a Weber State defender.
Weber State had a 14-5 overall shot advantage in the opening period and claimed the only goal of the half in the 35th minute as junior Mackenzie Day headed home the second pass off a Wildcat corner kick. The Hornets had a pair of corner kicks in the final minutes of the half but could not convert to shots on goal.
The start of the second half belonged to the home team, as the Wildcats quickly doubled their lead when Mackenzie Harrison put home a penalty kick – the first allowed by the Hornets this season – in the 51st minute. Just over six minutes later Harrison struck again, taking a through ball at the side of the box and beating Mata to the far post from 12 yards out.
Sacramento State got a goal back in the 71st minute when junior defender Kassi Anast sent a deep ball towards the Hornet goal and Trenton was able to head the feed past Waldman to bring the visitor's deficit to two. The Hornets remained on the attack and had four corner kicks and two shots in the final 15 minutes of play but could not beat Waldman again.
The Hornets will host Big Sky-leading Portland State, which is undefeated in the conference at 7-0-1, to close the regular season for both teams at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Hornet Field.