STOCKTON, Calif. – The Sacramento State women's soccer team jumped out to an early 1-0 lead over the Pacific Tigers Friday night in Stockton. The lead was short-lived, however, as the Tigers rallied for two quick scores to take a lead they would not relinquish en route to a 3-1 win over the Hornets.
The Hornets scored first for the second time this season when Christina Lazar punched one in from right in front of the net.
The play started with a Skylar Littlefield corner kick that landed in the middle of a crowded box, skipping around for a brief second. It was Kylee Kim-Bustillos who brought the ball under control before dropping a short pass to Lazar on the left side of the box. Lazar immediately sent the ball into the back of the net for her second goal of the season.
Lazar, a defender, now has two goals on the year, setting a new career high. For Kim-Bustillos, the assist is her fourth of the season, matching her total from last season. The sophomore forward led the team last year with four assists and has matched that total through five games so far this season.
The lead did not last long for the Hornets, unfortunately, as a quick break by the Tigers turned into a goal in the 26th minute.
Just 23 seconds later, a Hornets foul inside their own box handed Pacific a penalty kick. Although she guessed right on the shot, goalkeeper Ailey Collins was unable to reach the shot from Pacific's Kendall Bietsch as it skipped into the lower left corner for the go-ahead score.
Things remained the same for the rest of the first half and most of the second half, as well, before the Tigers added to their lead in the 80th minute. Pacific's Katie Martinez took a quick break and beat her defender for a clear shot on goal, sending one screaming past Collins to make it 3-1.
Despite scoring just one goal, the Hornets totaled 14 shots, including eight shots on goal. Kim-Bustillos and Lazar led the team with three shots and three shots on goal each. The Tigers' keeper Regan Heslop racked up seven saves on the night.
The loss knocks the Hornets back to a 0-4-1 record for the season. Four of their five games have taken place away from Sacramento, where they are a combined 0-3-1.
They'll get a chance to right the ship when they return home for back-to-back home games against Nevada and CSUN on Friday, Sep. 7 and Sunday, Sep. 9, respectively. Kickoff for Friday's match is scheduled for 4 pm at Hornet Field. For more details, be sure to visit the Sacramento State women's soccer schedule online at HornetSports.com.