SACRAMENTO, Calif. - In a scoreless game late Eastern Washington was able to get a goal off a long free kick in the 86th minute to pick up a 1-0 win over Sacramento State on Sunday at Hornet Field.
With less than five minute remaining in regulation time the Hornets were called for a foul on their end of the field, about five yards before the midfield line. Eastern Washington's Allison Raniere took the free kick and bounced a high arcing ball into the box, and on the second bounce Kiana Hafferty was able to get a touch on the ball and beat goalkeeper Destiny Butcher.
The win kept Eastern Washington (9-1-2, 3-0-1 Big Sky) as the only undefeated team through the first two weeks of conference play. Sacramento State (3-5-4, 1-1-2 Big Sky) put together another tremendous defensive effort and dominated play for most of the second half but could not score.
With heavy rain falling intermittently in the first half, Eastern Washington controlled play. The Eagles outshot the Hornets 9-2 in the first half and put three shots on goal but were unable to beat Butcher, who made a pair of Big Saves in the final minute, in a scoreless first period.
As the rain cleared and the sun came out it was Sacramento State that had the run of play in the second half, outshooting EWU 11-6 and placing five shots on goal. In the 66th minute senior Kassidy Kellogg got a header on goal off an Alexa Heinzer corner kick and beat Eagle goalkeeper Mallory Taylor but the ball was cleared off the goal line but the defense.
Senior Jennifer Lum had a good look on a free kick right above the box but was denied by Taylor in the 68th minute. In the 82nd minute junior Andrea Boehm had a sliding try in front of the right post but couldn't get much on a shot that was corralled by Taylor.
After the Eagle goal Boehm had a last try for the Hornets but Taylor stopped a long roller to finish the win.
Eastern Washington had a 15-13 edge in shots for the game while the Hornets were 5-4 in shots on goal. Kellogg and Boehm both had four shots with Boehm putting three on goal. The Eagles had a 7-0 advantage in corner kicks in the first half before the Hornets had a 3-1 edge in corners in the second half.
Sacramento State remains at home for two games next week, hosting defending Big Sky regular season champion Idaho at 3:30 p.m. Thursday and Idaho State at 1 p.m. next Sunday.