CEDAR CITY, Utah - Sacramento State took the lead just 57 seconds into the game and led 2-0 less than 14 minutes in en route to a 2-0 victory at Southern Utah to open Big Sky Conference play.
Sacramento State (3-4-2, 1-0-0 Big Sky) won its Big Sky season opener for the sixth time in the last eight seasons, beating Southern Utah (1-6-1, 0-1-0 Big Sky) for the fourth time in five meetings since the Thunderbirds joined the Big Sky in 2012.
Sacramento State earned a corner kick in the 14th minute and doubled its lead, as Collins took the corner and, after hitting a body in the box, the ball came to senior Kassidy Kellogg and she put in a high shot.
The Hornets had plenty of chances to score again, including a shot from junior Andrea Boehm that hit the post in the 49th minute. The visitors were awarded a penalty kick after a hand ball in the box in the 55th minute but Collins made the save on junior Chelsea Arnold's PK attempt.
Meanwhile, Southern Utah did manage to place six shots on goal but Hornet goalkeeper Destiny Butcher wasn't tested too strongly and made six saves for her fourth shutout of the season (one shared).
The Hornets had a 14-8 overall shot edge though the shots on goal finished even 6-6. Shots were 10-4 in favor of Sacramento State in the first half with five Hornet shots on goal.
Kellogg, who had played primarily on the back line through the first eight Hornet games of the season, picked up her first points of the year while Collins now has three goals and one assist for a team-high seven points.
Friday's game marked the fifth time in nine games this season that the Hornets did not allow a goal in the 90 minutes of regulation time. The team has allowed only six goals in regulation time all season.
Sacramento State concludes its first road trip of the conference season facing Northern Arizona in Flagstaff at noon Sunday.