Hornets lose heartbreaker in overtime

Jeremiah Martinez

With seconds away from a tie, Sacramento State women’s soccer was defeated 2-1 in double-overtime by the University of Northern Colorado after a Mariel Gutierrez game-winning goal on a penalty kick in the 110th minute on Friday evening.

The game-winning score came after a foul was called on Sac State that caused hostility among the home crowd.

Sac State coach Randy Dedini disagreed with the referees’ call on the team.

“I didn’t think that was a penalty kick,” Dedini said. “[It was] clearly not a penalty kick, our player was taken out in the box… but credit to Colorado, they came on the road and found a way to win. It’s not an easy thing to do.”

It’s a heartbreaking loss for the team, according to Dedini.

“I feel bad for our girls,” Dedini said. “I thought we played really hard and they didn’t deserve the outcome that they got.”

The loss drops the Hornets’ record at 5-10-0 overall, 3-4-0 in Big Sky Conference play. It also drop the team’s home record at 3-3.

After a scoreless game at halftime, Northern Colorado scored the first goal of the game on a penalty kick from forward Essence Ortiz-Laneir in the 48th minute.

Later, Hornets’ forward Kassidy Kellogg tied the game at 1-1 in the 67th minute, beating the Bears’ goalkeeper Madeline Burdick to the ball after a long pass from Kayla Collins.

After Northern Colorado scored the game-winning goal in overtime, Kellogg said the foul called on the Hornets that led to the game winner for the Bears was frustrating.

“You can’t let the refs dictate what happens in the game,” Kellogg said. “Sometimes it’s never going to go how you want and I love this team. We never stop fighting.”

Sac State goalkeeper Molly McConnell disagreed with the controversial call at the end.

“[We] got a couple of really crappy calls by refs, [including] the one at the very end,” McConnell said. “It’s a heartbreaker.”

McConnell made her first start as a Hornet in place of injured Destiny Butcher.

Despite the disappointing loss, McConnell said she had fun in her first start.

“It was fun to play with the girls; I thought they did awesome,” she said. “I’m excited for the opportunity to play with these girls.”

McConnell had four saves against Northern Colorado.

The Hornets will look to shake off the disappointing loss when they will take on the University of North Dakota on Sunday, at 10:30 a.m. at Hornet Field.

It will the second to last home game on Sac State’s schedule.