SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State and UC Davis played 90 minutes of mostly even soccer, but a Hornet turnover led to an Aggie goal in the 81st minute and the visitors were able to finish off a 1-0 win in the 2014 season opener for both teams.
"It's a disappointing loss; losing your first game at home against a cross town rival is a bitter loss," Sacramento State head coach Randy Dedini said. "In the first half I thought we controlled the pace of the game and controlled the possession and defended really well. The disappointing part for us was that we faded as the game went on. In the second half there were too many turnovers and we didn't take care of the ball well enough and didn't finish the chances we had."
The Hornets did play a strong first half and had the majority of the early chances. Sophomore midfielder Jennifer Lum had two good looks on goal in the first 15 minutes, but fired one shot just wide and later missed high off a Hornet corner kick. UC Davis did hold a 4-3 edge in shots in the first half but Hornet goalkeeper Kimberly Mata stopped all three Aggie shots on goal.
The game opened up a bit in the second half, and after a couple early tries by the Hornets the field began to shift to the Aggies. Mata stopped a pair of long shots from UC Davis freshman Kayla Collins and then rebuffed a try from UC Davis sophomore Celina Minissian off a corner kick in the 71st minutes.
Mata made another save in the 81st minute, but a Hornet giveaway deep in their own zone just 22 seconds later led to the only score of the game. Minissian corralled the lose ball at the top of the box and after a dribble fired a low shot into the right corner of the Hornet goal.
Sacramento State had a chance to get the equalizer in the 86th minute as junior McKenna Swanson sent a free kick into the Aggie goal box but a deflection from sophomore Rachel Leonard missed just wide.
The Aggies held a 9-3 shot advantage in the second half and a 13-7 edge for the game. The Hornets put just two tries on goal with UC Davis senior goalkeeper Taylor Jern making a pair of saves for the shutout. Mata made eight saves to keep her team in contest, including five stops in the second half.
Minissian and Collins each had four shots for the Aggies while Lum and Leonard paced the Hornets with two shots apiece. There were only three corner kicks in the game as Sacramento State had one in the first half and UC Davis had two in the second half, and there was just one offside whistle.
UC Davis, which shut out Sacramento State for the fifth consecutive year, earned five points in the first competition of the year long Causeway Cup.
Sacramento State returns to its home field at 1 p.m. Sunday in a contest against Pacific. Sunday will be youth camps day and all youth are invited to participate in a free skills clinic with the team following the game.