Hornets suffer injury and loss in extra time against UNLV


Sac State defender No. 8 McKenna Swanson conducts a corner kick during a game at Sac State.

Clifton Jones

Sacramento State women’s soccer was dealt a major blow after today’s extra time loss against the University of Las Vegas Rebels. Sophomore forward/defender Kassidy Kellogg was carried off the field in the 10th minute of the game after a collision with the goalie.

Kellogg was taken to a medical facility for X-rays and a closer examination of her knee.

“It was tough to see Kassidy go down in the game after colliding with the goalie from UNLV,” Dedini said. “I just hope it is not too bad for us.”  

The Hornets (1-3-0)  lost 1-0 to the Rebels (4-1-0) after a hard fought game. Even though Sac State lost, the Hornets head coach Randy Dedini said that he was proud of how well his team played today.

“The team probably played the best game so far this season,” Dedini said. “It was tough to see us lose because of how well we played in the whole ninety minutes.”

Both teams had plenty of chances to score in today’s game but both goalkeepers made key blocks that forced it into extra time.  

The Hornets continued to put pressure on the Rebel’s backline defense in the first half with three shots from three different players but none of the shots made it into the back of the net.  

After the first half of play, the Rebels out-shot the Sac State offense 5-4 as well as had the advantage in corner-kicks 2-1.

Although giving up a goal in the 95th minute, junior goalkeeper Kimberly Mata kept her team close with clutch saves. Mata finished the game with seven saves.

Mata said the UNLV Rebels did a great job on the last play to get her out of position.

“I saw a person on the flank cross a pass to a girl in front of me from six yards out, I tried to call someone to cover her but it was too late,” Mata said. “She was able to redirect the pass to the far corner.”  

Sac State failed to capitalize on two shots from senior defender/forward Jordyn Rolling in the last 15 minutes of the second half; one sailing above the goal and the other towards the right post.

“I would like to have one of my shots back when I had cut back in front of the goalie and tried to chip the ball over her head,” Rolling said. “If I had that play back I would have done it differently.”

Sac State’s offense was not only stymied by the UNLV senior goalie Kylie Wassell, but there were four offsides calls against them that halted their attack.

Sac State will play again on Sept. 8 against San Jose State at 3:30 p.m. The women’s soccer team will play in the second match of a double header following the mens team.

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