Women’s soccer opens up conference play with victory

Clifton Jones

Sacramento State women’s soccer started Big Sky Conference play strong as it beat the University of North Dakota at Hornet Field Friday.

Sac State continued their winning ways taking the game 1-0. Hornet redshirt freshman midfielder Jennifer Lum scored the only goal in the 28th minute of the game.

Lum accounted for four of Sac State’s six shots on net in the first half of Friday’s match. She corralled the assist from freshman midfielder Ashley Cella and put the ball in the bottom right corner of the net for her second goal of the season

“She played well for us today,” women’s soccer head coach Randy Dedini said. “Actually, she has been doing well all season long for us. It is really nice because this is her first year playing at the collegiate level of soccer.”

Lum said she was happy to score for her team in her first conference game as a Hornet.

“I was just trying to aim the ball in the net because I have rushed my shots in the past few games this season,” Lum said.

Sac State defense kept North Dakota to one shot and one shot on goal in the first 45 minutes. It was one of three saves Hornets junior goalkeeper Kimberly Mata had to make in her first game back after hurting herself on Sept.15.

At the end of the first half the Hornets held the advantage in three categories, shots 12-1, shots on goal 6-1 and corners 3-0.

“We had great rhythm in the first half on offense,” Dedini said. “But North Dakota was able to put pressure on us from a few mistakes in the second half.”

At the start of the second half the Hornets continued its high pressure on the defense. Junior defender Kristen Bridges nearly doubled the Hornet lead with a header, that was saved by North Dakota goalkeeper Kristi Hestdalen.

Sac State’s confidence soon after the first chance in the 49th minute changed into a sense of chaos.

“We really didn’t play the full 90 minutes today, instead of adding onto the lead we played more conservatively,” Lum said. “Instead of playing with confidence we were rushing our passes.”

Sac State at the end of the game held the advantage in shots and shots on goal.With its scoring chances early on, the Hornets added to its corners advantage pushing it to 7-0.

Dedini said he was impressed with his team’s performance today’s game.

“It was good to get the three points because each point is crucial for us in conference,” Dedini said.

Sac State will play conference foe, Northern Colorado at 1 p.m. Sunday at Hornet Field.