Sac State falls to conference unbeaten Portland State

Clifton Jones

It was not the ending the seniors of Sacramento State women’s soccer envisioned Friday as the Hornets came up short against Portland State.

Sac State (7-9-2, 3-5-1) lost 1-0 to the conference unbeaten Vikings (11-4-2,8-0-1). With the loss, Sac State has been mathematically eliminated from postseason contention.

The Hornets needed a win and a lot of help from other Big Sky opponents to have an outside chance in making the BSC tournament.

The Hornets’ seniors that bid farewell to Hornet Field were forwards Gabriela Trenton and Jordyn Rolling, midfielders Raylene Larot and Jami Shimada and defender Melissa Gomez.

Shimada believed her team played well and should have done better.

“We have had the talent the past two years,”Shimada said. “But we couldn’t seem to put it together when it counted.”

The match went back and forth between the two teams until the 33rd minute of the match when the Vikings’ sophomore forward Cori Bianchini scored as she slid the ball past junior goalkeeper Kimberly Mata.

“It was a bittersweet game for us seniors today,” Rolling said. “We would have liked to finish our career here at Sac State on a high note.”

The Hornets had plenty of chances to score the equalizing goal, but Sac State could not take advantage of the opportunities. Junior forward Kristen Bridges had a quality chance in the 75th minute when she had a break away open net shot that did not go in.

Women’s soccer head coach Randy Dedini said his team battled the entire game.

“We quite didn’t get the result the team wanted today, even though it was one of the best games we played all season,” Dedini said.  

Sac State outshot Portland State 11-10 but only put four shots on net.

Dedini said it is sad to see this group of seniors not play on this field anymore.

“It is hard to see them leave with a loss,” Dedini said. “We played well today, we just couldn’t take advantage of our chances.”