Freshman goalkeeper saves game as Hornets beat Pacific

Clifton Jones

Sacramento State women’s soccer improved its record to 4-4-1 Sunday as it beat University of Pacific 2-1 in Stockton.

Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Hannah Gendron and sophomore forward Alyssa Anderson were the stars of the game for the Hornets.

Gendron, playing in her second game, made 14 saves tying for second most saves in one match in Sac State history.

“It was intense today but the team and myself pulled together and got the win,” Gendron said.

Pacific held the advantage in shots 32-11 and in corners 13-4, but with the play of Gendron, the Tigers were only able to score once. Gendron saved 14 out of the 15 shots on goal.

Anderson scored two goals in the first half; she has a team high eight goals on the season.

Sac State was outplayed for most of the match but were helped by the two goals from Anderson.

Anderson scored her first goal of the first half in the 16th minute when she rebounded junior defender Kassi Anast’s blocked shot from Pacific goalkeeper Lena Perry. Anderson’s goal gave the Hornets the early lead 1-0.

“The shot from Kassi was a really good shot but the goalie left the ball right in front of the net and I just saw my opportunity to put it in the net,” Anderson said.

Following the goal, Pacific scored seven minutes later when Alex Hussar put a shot past Gendron in the top right corner of the net. It was Gendron’s only blemish in Sunday’s game.

Anderson would answer back with her second goal of the game when she redirected a long lead pass across the goal from sophomore defender McKenna Swanson.

Anderson’s goal gave the Hornets the lead and the eventual 2-1 victory. She said that she is happy that her six goals this season have helped her team to a .500 record heading into conference play.

“I was relieved to have got the goal back and the lead back for us as well, especially it being a game winner,” Anderson said.

Sac State will open up the conference season with a pair of home games against North Dakota Friday Sept 27 at 4 p.m.