HILLSBORO, Ore. - Senior Jennifer Lum and junior Andrea Boehm scored for the Hornets and freshman Kaylyn Evans made a career-high six saves as Sacramento State closed the regular season with a 2-1 victory at Portland State on Friday.
Sacramento State (8-6-4, 6-2-2 Big Sky) tied the program record with its fifth consecutive win and established a new program record with six regular season Big Sky victories. With 20 points (also a program record) the Hornets finished second in the Big Sky behind Idaho, which repeated as regular season league champion with a 3-0 win over Idaho State on Friday.
Montana came back to defeat Eastern Washington later on Friday, giving the Hornets the No. 2 seed in the Big Sky Tournament and a bye in the first round. Sacramento State will open tournament play next Friday, Nov. 4, against the winner of the first of two quarterfinal games to be played next Wednesday.
Idaho earned the right to host the Big Sky Tournament for the second straight year but its field has been deemed unfit to host the Big Sky Tournament, so Idaho will be the top seed but the tournament will be held on Eastern Washington's home field in Cheney. EWU was selected as the host site since it is geographically the closest Big Sky school to Moscow, Idaho.
On Friday, Lum scored her fifth goal in Big Sky play on a tremendous individual effort in the 25th minute. Boehm sent a lead pass to Lum in the box, who after a dribble had an initial shot blocked. The Hornet senior picked her own rebounded - despite the presence of three defenders - and took another dribble towards the Viking goal before sliding a shot inside the far post.
The Hornets came to close to another goal later in the first half but goalkeeper Abbie Faingold made four saves, including a sliding stop on a shot by senior Alyssa Anderson in the 44th minute.
Senior Kassidy Kellogg just missed wide early in the second half. The Hornets would move ahead 2-0 on free kick in the 56th minute, as senior Rachel Leonard drove a ball 40 yards out into goal mouth, where Boehm made a leaping redirection into the goal in front of the Portland State goalkeeper.
The Vikings got that goal back just 48 seconds later. On a similar free kick from just on the Hornet half of the field Portland State sent a ball into the box that bounced off a Hornet defender, was pushed forward by Katie Forsee, and finished just in front of the right post on a sliding redirect by Krystal De Ramos.
Portland State's goal in the 57th minute ended a 298-minute shutout streak for the Hornets, who did not allow a goal over six consecutive halves dating back to the North Dakota game on Oct. 14.
The Hornets dodged a pair of bullets in the 72nd minute as Kristin Moyer had a shot hit off the post then deflect off the back of Evans out of play. On the ensuing corner kick a shot by Morgan Matthews hit the crossbar.
Evans made a save off a header bounced in the box in the 78th minute then made a great diving save 30 seconds later. She was able to complete the Hornet win four total saves in the second half.
With Friday's victory the Hornets ended the regular season undefeated (4-0-1) in Big Sky road games for just the second time in program history. Friday's win was the team's first road victory against Portland State since 2006. The win also guaranteed that the Hornets will finish the season with an overall winning record for the first tie since 2009.
Sacramento State will be playing in the semifinals of the Big Sky Tournament for the second consecutive year, having reached the semis with a win over Eastern Washington in the quarterfinal round last season when the Hornets qualified for the tournament as the No. 6 seed.