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WOMEN’S SOCCER SCORES EARLY, BATTLES TO 1-1 DRAW IN HOME OPENER AGAINST CSU BAKERSFIELD

WOMEN’S SOCCER SCORES EARLY, BATTLES TO 1-1 DRAW IN HOME OPENER AGAINST CSU BAKERSFIELD

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento State (0-1-1) took an early 1-0 lead on Saturday thanks to Abby Lopez's first career goal, but a costly penalty helped CSU Bakersfield (0-0-1) find the equalizer as the match ended in a 1-1 draw in double-overtime.

Saturday afternoon's match was Sacramento State's first at home this season after opening the on the road at Saint Mary's last Thursday.

It didn't take long for the Hornets to give the fans in attendance something to cheer for. After a scoreless showing on Thursday, freshman Abigail Lopez gave the Hornets a 1-0 advantage in just the seventh minute of play.

The goal was the first of Lopez's career. Shay Valenzano connected with Lopez on the play, picking up her first assist of the season.

The early strike looked like it might be enough as the Hornets out-possessed the Roadrunners for much of the first half. Unfortunately, a critical foul in the box called against defender Shylah Soon handed the 'Runners a penalty kick in the 35th minute.

Facing down Sacramento State's Katie Price in goal, the 'Runners' Angelica Hurtado punched one into the bottom right corner for the first-half equalizer.

In the second half, Sacramento State took its attack up a level, piling up 10 shots in the second 45 and outshooting the 'Runners, 10-3. Despite the shot disparity, the Hornets were unable to convert. In total, Sacramento State outshot Bakersfield, 20-9.

Among those were a number of good looks for freshman Danna Restom, who played 59 minutes off the bench. Restom took three shots, including one on goal, while creating additional opportunities for the Hornets up top.

Midfielder Julia Herrera led the team with six total shots, while 11 total Hornets attempted a shot on Saturday. Seven different Hornets combined for seven total shots on goal.

In goal, Katie Price (0-0-1) played 110 minutes and made four saves as she earned her first decision of the year. In addition to Price, defenders Aubrey Goodwill and Isabella Vinsonhaler each played all 110 minutes on Saturday, as did Valenzano.

Dating back to last season, Sacramento State has now played into double overtime in seven of its last 13 matches. The Hornets are 2-0-5 in those seven matches.

Sacramento State is back on the road for its next two matches, a weekend trip to UC Santa Barbara (Friday, Aug. 27) and Cal Poly (Sunday, Aug. 29). Be sure to visit the Sacramento State women's soccer page online at HornetSports.com for the latest news, notes, and more.