After getting their first win of the season on Friday, Sacramento State women’s soccer lost 3-1 in their matchup against UC Santa Barbara on Sunday afternoon.
The loss drops the Hornets’ record to 1-4-0 overall, while UC Santa Barbara improved to 2-2-1.
“They didn’t even put us under a lot pressure, we just gave them the ball,” said Sac State coach Randy Dedini. “We come out flat and you can’t come out flat against a good team. It wasn’t very tremendous pressure they put on us, it wasn’t a tremendous player that outplayed us, we beat ourselves today.”
Early on, the Gauchos missed on multiple shots by Sara Feder, Kate Shoemaker and Jessica Parque in a span of 14 seconds in the third minute.
Sac State midfielder Maggie Pleis tried to get the Hornets on the board, but Gauchos’ goalkeeper Jacquline Caginia had a save on the play to keep the game scoreless in the 10th minute.
Both teams played a scoreless game until Gauchos’ midfielder Mallory Hromatko scored her second goal of the season when she was set up with a header from Dakota Griggs in the 18th minute.
Late in the first half, the Hornets tied the game with an Adaurie Dayak goal, her second in as many games, after she took a short pass from Alyssa Anderson in the 35th minute.
The second half started with an assisted Parque goal, her second of the season, when she blasted a shot from the far left side of the box into the right side of the post.
Angelisa Cortez added another score for the Gauchos, her first of the season, when she was assisted by Griggs.
Sac State had trouble creating scoring opportunities all game, as they were outshot 21-9 by the Gauchos, but the Hornets had more shots on goal with nine compared to UCSB’s five.
“I feel like we should have put more [effort] out on the field,” Dayak said. “But we will in the future and we’re going to get together in practice and eventually we’re going to kick some butt on the field.”
The Gauchos had more corner kicks the Hornets with a 9-2 advantage.
Fouls were also a problem for the Hornets when they committed 16 compared to the host’s nine.
“We’re having a rough start, but we’re taking each game and learning and making it a learning process,” Anderson said. “We’re just trying to take away little things from each game and [we need to] improve on them during these next couple of games.”
The Hornets will play at home for their next two games, taking on Cal State East Bay at 4 p.m. on Thursday and Fresno State University at 1 p.m. on Sunday.