GREELEY, Colo. – Senior Jennifer Lum scored her fourth goal in the last three games and Sacramento State extended its winning streak to three games with a 1-0 shutout of Northern Colorado on Sunday.
Lum scored in the 27th minute and the Hornets were able to keep the Bears off the scoreboard despite losing goalkeeper Destiny Butcher to a red card in the 59th minute. Sacramento State (6-6-4, 4-2-2 Big Sky) has its second three-game winning streak in Big Sky play in the last three seasons.
The Hornets now have 14 points in the Big Sky, moving into a tie for second place in the league pending other results on Sunday. Northern Colorado (8-7-1, 3-4-0 Big Sky), the defending Big Sky Tournament champion, is a point back of qualifying position for the conference tournament with two weeks remaining in the regular season.
The only goal in the game on Sunday came on a seemingly innocuous shot attempt. Lum took a throw in from senior Alexa Heinzer and took a short dribble above the Northern Colorado box. From above the right corner of the 18-yard box, she lofted a shot that curled inside the far post over Bears goalkeeper Madeline Burdick.
The goal was Lum's fourth in the last three Hornet games. She scored in the win over Idaho State last Sunday and scored both Hornet goals in the 2-1 victory at North Dakota on Friday before finding the back of the next again in Greeley.
Sacramento State had an 11-5 shot advantage with a 5-2 edge in shots on goal in the first half. The Bears were the more dangerous team in the second half and the Hornets lost Butcher on a red card on a challenge just outside the box in the 59th minute.
Freshman Kaylyn Evans was pressed into action in the Hornet goal, making her collegiate debut with her team leading 1-0. She responded to the challenge, making four saves over the last 32 minutes of the game with a couple of diving saves and a ball pushed off the crossbar and out.
Northern Colorado had 16 total shots with six on goal in the second half but could not tie the game. The Bears also had seven corners in the second and finished the game with an 11-1 advantage in corner kicks. Butcher and Evans each made four saves to combine for Sacramento State's fifth shutout of the season.
Sacramento State has two games remaining in the regular season. The Hornets will play their final home game hosting Weber State on Friday at 3:30 p.m.