WOMEN’S SOCCER PLAYS PACIFIC TO 1-1 DRAW

WOMEN’S SOCCER PLAYS PACIFIC TO 1-1 DRAW

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - After trailing 1-0 at the half Sacramento State got a goal from junior Kayla Collins early in the second half and had several near misses at a winner, having to settle for a 1-1 draw in double overtime against Pacific on Sunday.

After nearly three years and 50 consecutive games without a tie, Sacramento State (2-3-2) had its second tie in the last three games. Pacific (0-5-1) fought for its first positive result of the year.

The Hornets outshout the Tigers 22-15 and were 10-7 in shots on goal, but Pacific goalkeeper Lena Perry made eight saves and her defense saved another shot on goal to help the visitors to the tie.

"We went down a goal and regained our composure and battled back to get the tying goal," head coach Randy Dedini said. "From that point on all the pressure was put on them. I thought our girls did a good job battling back from the deficit and potentially getting a game winner."

Sacramento State initially appeared to have a game winner in the final minute of regulation time off a corner kick, but the goal was negated by a foul call. The Hornets had all the pressure in the extra time and in the 96th minute the home team again had a near winner off a corner but Chelsea Arnold's shot was cleared off the goal line by a Pacific defender.

In the second overtime Collins put a rocket on target but was denied by a brilliant diving stop by Perry. The ensuing corner kick was one of three corners the Hornets created in the second OT but they could not net a golden goal.

The Hornets had most of the early pressure, including a point-blank try from Collins, but had to play from behind. In the 24th minute Pacific's Mati Long led teammate Lily Higashino on a break from right of the box and she was able to put a low shot inside the far post.

Sacramento State was able to level the score early in the second half in the 57th minute. After Collins had a shot blocked, freshman Mikayla Reed played a ball back into the box and senior Adaurie Dayak got it to Collins off a bicycle kick. From the ground Collins was able to get a shot off the far post and into the Tiger goal.

Sophomore Destiny Butcher had to make a couple of big saves in the second half and finished with six stops in the game. Collins led all players with seven shots and four shots on goal. She became the first Hornet this season to record multiple goals after she led the team in scoring last year.

In a physical game Pacific was whistled for 17 fouls and was issued two yellow cards. The Hornets had 11 fouls while the corner kicks were even at 6-6. Sacramento State played its fifth overtime game, and eight and ninth overtime periods, over its last six contests.

The Hornets play their final non-conference game of the season next Sunday hosting Saint Mary's at 2:30 p.m. The game will close a doubleheader with the Sacramento State men's soccer team, which will host San Jose State at noon.