SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Sacramento State and Cal Poly traded blows in a wild first half, but the Mustangs took control in the second as the Hornets fell on the road on Sunday, 4-2.
With the loss, Sacramento State is now 0-3-1 to start the year. The win was the second of the year for Cal Poly, who improved to 2-2.
The Cal Poly mustangs wasted little time taking an early 1-0 advantage in the 3rd minute. The Mustangs took advantage of a miscommunication between the Hornets keeper and defenders, getting behind everyone for an open net goal.
Despite falling behind quickly, Sacramento State continued to press and broke through just seven minutes later with a 10th minute equalizer off a corner kick.
Miras played the corner across the box to freshman Danna Restom, who lofted the ball back into the box. First, Jasmyne Dunn headed the ball to Julia Herrera, who immediately headed it back into space for Samantha Craig. Craig volleyed the shot from just six yards out past the extended Mustangs keeper and into the top of the net for her first goal of the year.
Riding the momentum of their first goal, Sacramento State doubled down, taking the lead just 30 seconds later. Craig found herself involved again, this time poking a through ball to Restom, With the freshman forward streaking, Cal Poly's defender lost her footing in an attempt to keep up, leaving Restom one-on-one with the Mustangs' keeper. After her first shot was blocked, Restom played the rebound and sent the ball skipping into the bottom right corner of the net.
The goal was the first of Restom's career and she joined teammate and fellow freshman Abby Lopez as Hornets to score their first collegiate goal.
Unfortunately, the lead would not last as Cal Poly answered with an equalizer of its own in the 29th minute.
At the half, the two teams remained level, 2-2. Both teams had two goals, two corners, and two saves, though Cal Poly led in shots, 10-4.
After the break, that shot disparity continued to rise Cal Poly controlled the action for the final 45 minutes of Sunday's match. Sacramento State was outshot by the Mustangs, 11-0 in the second half, and did not earn a corner kick, compared to a pair for Cal Poly.
The result was two more second half goals for the Mustangs as Sacramento State fell, 4-2.
In goal for Sacramento State, Mia Shalit faced down 21 total shots, including nine on goal. She made five saves in the effort.
Offensively, all four of Sacramento State's shots were on goal. Two came off the foot of Restom while Herrera and Craig each added another.
Sacramento State will now return home following its Southern California trip through Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo where the Hornets will have a week to prepare for Nevada. The Hornets host the Wolf Pack on Sunday, Sept. 5 at 3:30 p.m. as a part of a doubleheader with the men's program.
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