SACRAMENTO, Calif. - With just over five minutes left in regulation time Sacramento State sophomore Kassidy Kellogg put home a corner kick from sophomore Maggie Pleis to break a late tie and lift the Hornets to a 2-1 win over Bakersfield on Friday at Hornet Field.
Senior Kassi Anast gave the Hornets the lead on a goal with just seven seconds left in the first half, but early in the second half Bakersfield evened the score with a goal in the 50th minute to forge the stalemate before Kellogg's winner.
"There's a lot to take from this game," Sacramento State head coach Randy Dedini said. "I don't think we played that well as a whole and there were a lot of players that were off their game today. Good teams find ways to win, and I feel like we are a good team this year and even though I felt like it was a sloppy game on our part we found a way to win."
Despite some sloppy play, Sacramento State (2-1-0) held a 12-7 shot advantage over Bakersfield (0-3-0), was 8-4 in shots on goal, and had a 7-2 edge in corner kicks. The 12 Hornet shots were taken by eight different players and the team was on the attack for the majority of the game, as evidenced by nine offside calls against the team.
Sacramento State had a few good chances early, the best coming on a header try from senior Kristen Bridges that was blocked away on a great stop by Bakersfield goalkeeper Tori Ornela. After winning on Sunday with a goal with 12 seconds left in double overtime, the Hornets again scored in the waning seconds of Friday's first half as Anast, a defender, scored her first career goal on a lob into the box by sophomore Lydia Bowman and a close finish to the left side.
The first scoring chance for either team in the second half led to the equalizer. Off a throw in deep in Hornet territory Bakersfield freshman Maja Green flicked the ball to sophomore Hedda Regefalk, who was able to put an open try off Hornet goalkeeper Kimberly Mata and into the left side of the Sacramento State goal.
After the goal Bakersfield continued to apply pressure and limit the Hornet opportunities. In the 80th minute a corner kick from Pleis led to a header try by Anast that was blocked and a shot on a rebound by Kellogg that was rebuffed by Ornela.
Five minutes later on the Hornets' sixth corner kick of the game the home team took the lead. The corner by Pleis went through a large group of players in front of the goal and found Kellogg along the far post, and her finish into the top right corner of the net gave Sacramento State its second win of the season.
"It was intense; we had five minutes left and I got the ball and had time to shoot it. It felt good and then I just took off running away because I was so happy," Kellogg said. "I've been so hungry to get back out here and our chemistry is so good right now that's its really fun to be out here."
Mata made three saves and has allowed just two goals in three games while Ornela made six stops for the Roadrunners. Kellogg led all players with three shots in the game while Regefalk was the only Bakersfield player to record two shots.
Sacramento State plays it first road game of the season at 1 p.m. Sunday at San José State.