SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Senior Kassidy Kellogg put in a rebound after junior Kayla Collins had a shot hit the crossbar in the 100th minute to give Sacramento State a critical 2-1 home win over Idaho State on Sunday.
One of 11 graduating seniors honored prior to the team's last weekend home game of the season, Kellogg scored her third goal of the year to give Sacramento State three big points in conference play with just four Big Sky games remaining, three of which will be on the road.
"I'm excited for the girls to pull off this win," Sacramento State head coach Randy Dedini said. "I thought we played really well coming off a tough loss on Friday. We could have made it easier on ourselves by finishing more of our chances but I give the girls a lot of credit. They have such strong character and they stuck together and kept creating chances and finally one went in."
Sacramento State (4-6-4, 2-2-2 Big Sky) now has eight points in Big Sky play and moved up to sixth place in the league with the win. The Hornets are just one point behind three teams, one of which is Idaho State (6-10-0, 3-3-0), who saw their three game winning streak come to an end with Sunday's loss. The top six teams in the final conference standings qualify for the Big Sky Tournament.
The Hornets controlled play for most of the game but the contest was scoreless until midway through the second half. Each team had just one shot on goal in the first half but Sacramento State had several good chances and elevated the pressure in the second half, breaking the scoreless tie in the 69th minute.
Junior Chelsea Arnold picked up a loose ball at the top of the box and led Jennifer Lum on goal. The Hornet senior dribbled past a defender and fired a shot off Idaho State goalkeeper Shawna Hennings and into the back of the net.
Sacramento State limited Idaho State to just three shots on goal in the game, but the Bengals converted one of them to tie the game. In the 78th minute Esmeralda Nunez sent a cross along the end line that went off goalkeeper Destiny Butcher and was picked up by Michaela Didericksen for an open finish.
Collins was denied a potential game winner on a rocket on goal in the 90th minute, and in overtime she hit the crossbar a first time in the 93rd minute. That shot went high off the bar and out of play, but when she hit the crossbar a second time six minutes later the bounce came down in the box and Kellogg was there to deposit the winner.
Sacramento State outshot Idaho State 20-7 overall and had an 8-3 advantage in shots on goal. Idaho State had scored 11 goals in its last three games but was stymied throughout the day by the Hornet defense. There were just five total corner kicks in the game while the Hornets were called offside 12 times.
Sunday's match was the eighth Sacramento State game this year to go to overtime, one shy of the program record of nine overtime games in one season. The team has now played 120 total minutes of overtime this year.
The Hornets are on the road for two games next week, playing at North Dakota Friday and Northern Colorado next Sunday.