SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State outshot Nevada 19-10 overall and 9-8 in shots on goal but it was the Wolf Pack that found the only two goals of the game in a 2-0 win on Friday at Hornet Field.
For Sacramento State (2-3-1) the game ended a Big Sky-record streak of four straight overtime matches. The Hornets allowed more than one goal for just the second time this season as Nevada (2-2-0) picked up its second straight win.
"We're creating quality chances and just not putting them away," Sacramento State head coach Randy Dedini said. "We came out strong and now we need the urgency to put some of these chances away. Its encouraging that we are creating so many chances but now its just a matter of putting the ball in the back of the net."
The home team easily could have had multiple goals in each half but were unable to finish. Nevada goalkeeper Kelsey Quintos was also fantastic in net, with the majority of her nine saves coming on quality shots.
The Hornets outshot Nevada 10-5 in the first half and controlled possession for most of the opening period. Quintos made some big saves early and got some help from the framework as senior Jennifer Lum beat the keeper but her shot rang off the crossbar in the 25th minute.
In a scoreless game late into the half Nevada got the game's first goal in the 41st minute. Morgan Beye and Bonnie Ford connected on a nice give-and-go into the Hornet box and Beye was able to put a shot off goalkeeper Destiny Butcher and into the net. The goal was the first the Hornets have allowed all season in the first half.
Nevada's momentum continued, scoring another goal just 10 minutes later in the opening six minutes of the second half. The Wolf Pack was able to counter on a clear and Hannah Wuensche played a through ball from midfield to teammate Angel Meriwether, who had a clean break on goal and put a shot in off the left post.
Sacramento State continued to create opportunities, with the best coming as Quintos denied an initial shot from Amanda Mielke, a rebound attempt by Caitlin Prothe, and another rebound shot from Mielke before the Nevada defense could clear in the 74th minute. Senior Adaurie Dayak and junior Kayla Collins also had good looks late in regulation time.
Butcher finished with six saves for the Hornets and had a shutout streak, dating back two games, of more than 243 minutes before the Nevada goal in the first half. Lum led all players in the game with five shots, placing two on goal, while Mielke also put both of her shot attempts on target.
The Hornets will be right back on their home field hosting Pacific on Sunday at 1 p.m.