SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Senior Adaurie Dayak and junior Andrea Boehm scored goals less than eight minutes apart in the first half and sophomore goalkeeper Destiny Butcher made five saves as Sacramento State opened the regular season with a 2-0 home win over CSU Bakersfield Friday afternoon.
"It was a good start for us," Sacramento State head coach Randy Dedini said. "There's still a lot of work to be done and we're not playing our best soccer yet but our girls did a good job solving the pressure that Bakersfield was putting on us early on. We did an excellent job adjusting and then kind of taking the game to them."
The Roadrunners had six shots and six corner kicks over the first 15 minutes of the game but were unable to get the first goal. The Hornets also had to deal with some more early adversity as senior goalkeeper Molly McConnell had to come out of the game after an injury less than three minutes into the contest.
Sacramento State also had some good early looks offensively and got on the board in the 22nd minute as senior Regan Smithers pushed a ball forward to the top of the box and Dayak was able to chip past Roadrunner goalkeeper Jen Padilla and finish into the open net.
The early goal came as Dayak, one of 13 seniors on the Hornet roster, was tied for the team lead with seven goals scored last season. She also led the team with four game winning goals last season and got her first of 2016 in the season opener.
In the 29th minute, the Roadrunners were whistled for a foul to the left of their box. Senior Lydia Bowman took the free kick and sent a perfect ball into the goalmouth where Boehm redirected it inside the near post and doubled the Hornet lead with her first career goal.
CSU Bakersfield had an 11-8 shot advantage in the first half but put only one shot on goal. The visitors placed four shots on goal in the second half but Butcher and the Hornet back line prevented really strong scoring chances.
The Hornets actually had the best scoring chance in the second half when senior Josie Jogwe beat Padilla after a corner kick but the ball was cleared off the goal line by a Roadrunner defender. Another score wasn't needed though as Butcher and McConnell shared the shutout.
Sacramento State was 9-5 in shots on goal in the game though CSUB had a 16-15 overall shot advantage. Boehm led the Hornets with four shots, placing three of them on goal, while Dayak had two shots on goal.
The Hornets play their first road game of the season at noon Sunday at San José State. The Spartans played UC Riverside to a scoreless draw on Friday.