SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State sophomore midfielder Jennifer Lum put home a shot off the crossbar with just 12 seconds left in the second overtime period to break a scoreless tie and give the Hornets a 1-0 win over Pacific on Sunday.
A Hornet corner kick taken by sophomore Rachel Leonard with 22 seconds left led to a near goal on a shot by sophomore Adaurie Dayak that was blocked on the goal line by the Pacific defense. Lum gathered the ball off a deflection and buried a shot from 10 yards out in the waning seconds of the game to give Sacramento State its first win of the season.
"It looked like the shot by Adaurie went in but I just played it and shot it and got knocked over by my teammates," Lum said. "I just felt relieved, because I felt like we deserved to win. We were attacking the whole time and I thought we played really well, so I was just really ecstatic."
Sacramento State (1-1-0) had dominated Pacific (0-2-0) through most of the second half and overtime and had several near misses, including a shot by freshman Amanda Mielke that hit the post less than three minutes before Lum's winner. Prior to the game-winning scramble, the Hornets had placed just one other shot on goal, a header try from sophomore Kassidy Kellogg in the 60th minute that was pushed off the crossbar and out by Tiger goalkeeper Jacqueline Kane.
Each team attempted only two shots in the first half, with the only one on goal a try by Pacific's Lily Higashino that was easily corralled by Hornet goalkeeper Kimberly Mata. Early in the second half the Hornets took over, with Kellogg missing just wide of a corner kick and Lum having a shot blocked by the Tiger defense as the home team had five corner kicks in the first 15 minutes of the half.
The Hornets held a 6-2 shot advantage in the second half and had seven total corner kicks over the second 45 minutes but couldn't find the net. Dayak had a near miss with less than a minute remaining in the half as the game went to overtime.
Only one shot was attempted in the first OT, a Pacific attempt that missed wide. Sacramento State came out firing in the second OT, with freshman Kylee Smith missing just wide before the shot off the post by Mielke. A yellow card issued to Pacific sophomore Alex Hussar led to a header try by Kellogg off a free kick before the Leonard corner kick enabled the winning goal.
"It was frustrating because we could have scored two or three goals in regulation, but it kept going and Lum hammered it home," head coach Randy Dedini said. "It was a great effort and showed a lot of character from our girls. Early in the season this is a big win and a great confidence booster for our team."
In all the Hornets outshot the Tigers 13-5 and had an 11-3 shot advantage over the second half and overtime. Kellogg had a game-high four shots, Lum had three, and sophomore Maggie Pleis had two in addition to taking nine of the 10 Sacramento State corner kicks in the game. Mata made two saves for the shutout, the eighth blank sheet of her career.
The Hornets remain at home to host Bakersfield next Friday at 5 p.m.
Video of the Game Winning Goal