Women’s soccer gets first win of season at Bakersfield

Jeremiah Martinez

After losing three consecutive games to start the season, the Sacramento State women’s soccer team won their first game of the year 3-2 against CSU Bakersfield (1-2-1) on the road Friday night.

The Hornets got off to an early start when junior Jennifer Lum scored an unassisted goal during the fourth minute of play, her first of the season.

During the seventh minute, sophomore Chelsea Arnold, who played all 90 minutes for Sac State, scored another unassisted goal to extend the Hornets’ lead 2-0. It was Arnold’s first goal of the season.

Hornets coach Randy Dedini was impressed with Arnold’s performance Friday night.

“Chelsea had a terrific game,” Dedini said. “Even the ref said she was the player of the game.”

Junior forward Adaurie Dayak scored her first goal of the season for the Hornets to make the score 3-0 in the 37th minute. Freshman forward Kylee Smith had an assist on the play.

“The first half was definitely something we could build on and feel good about it,” Dedini said.

After a comfortable lead at halftime for the Hornets, the second half started with two fouls by Sac State that led to a yellow card issued to Rachel Leonard in the 50th minute.

Roadrunners assistant coach Clifton Bush had a yellow card issued shortly after Leonard.

After both yellow cards were issued, Maja Green got the Roadrunners on the board with a score on a penalty kick, which was her third goal of the season.

The Hornets continued attacking the goal during the second half, but couldn’t capitalize on their opportunities as the Roadrunners played tough defense late in the game.

Sac State’s lead was cut to 3-2 with an Aminah Settles goal, her second of the season with an assist by Taylor Wheeler, but it would be too late, as regulation ended shortly after.

“In the second half, they put a lot of pressure on us,” Dedini said. “They played very directly; they crushed everything with three or four players on our back line. It was good to be in that position because when we get another lead, we could draw from this experience, but we just need to play a little bit quicker and play with a lead a little bit better.”

Freshman goalkeeper Destiny Butcher had eight saves in the game, bringing up her total to 20 saves this season.

The Roadrunners outshot the Hornets 15-10, including putting 10 of them on goal while Sac State had seven of their shots on goal.

Lum and Dayak tied for the lead in shots with two each, while Sofia Chandler, Caitlin Prothe, Maggie Pleis, Arnold, Andrea Boehm and Kayla Collins attempted one shot each.

“Our team is a little bit unhappy about giving up the two goals,” Dedini said. “We just need to play a little bit quicker and learn from this. I think if we keep learning from our mistakes and getting better, then I’ll be happy.”

After Friday night’s win, the Hornets will look to win their second straight game when they head to UC Santa Barbara at 1 p.m. on Sunday.