Women’s soccer lose home opener 2-1, start season 0-3

Jeremiah Martinez

In their first home game of the season, the Sacramento State women’s soccer team was defeated by San Jose State University by a 2-1 score this afternoon.

The loss dropped the Hornets’ record to 0-3 to start the season.

Sac State played an even, competitive game throughout, but were outshot by the Spartans 12-10.

“I thought our girls played tremendously hard today and showed a lot of heart,” said Sac State coach Randy Dedini. “We keep improving every game, but we also keep having a few mistakes that cost us some goals.”

The Spartans took an early lead with a Maricruz Chapa goal in the fourth minute, her second of the season.

Sac State didn’t score until the 51st minute when Kayla Collins scored with an assist by Josie Jogwe. It was Collins’ first goal of the season.

“Honestly, it’s all about setting yourself up with the shot,” Collins said. “The first few opportunities, I didn’t set myself up right, I could’ve got a better shot off. I think Josie set me up with her head on my goal and it just let me get past the defense.”

Collins led the Hornets with three shots in the first half. Jennifer Lum and Kassidy Kellogg had two shots while Alexa Heinzer and Kylee Smith each shot once.

Five minutes later, the Spartans regained the lead with a Darriell Franklin goal. Dorthe Hoppius and Zoe Makrigiannis had an assist on the play.

Goalkeeper Destiny Butcher kept the Hornets in the game with late saves in the final minutes of regulation. The redshirt freshman had a career high of six saves on the afternoon, which brings her total to 12 in her first three collegiate games.

“The first goal, that sucked,” Butcher said. “I know I didn’t set the wall up right, so that was 100 percent on me. The second goal, I think they have been playing those long balls the whole game, so it just sucks the one long ball that the girl gets to the back. It’s devastating, it sucks to lose like that, but you live and you learn [and] make mistakes, you got to learn from them.”

The Hornets will go on the road next weekend with games against CSU Bakersfield on Friday and UC Santa Barbara next Sunday.