PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland State women’s soccer team (5-12-0, 3-6-0 Big Sky) closes out its 2015 regular season against the Sacramento State Hornets Friday at 3:30 p.m. (PT) in California’s capitol.
The Vikings can play the role of spoiler for the Hornets, as the Hornets are chasing a Big Sky tournament berth, but will need to beat or tie the Vikings and have other results go their way in order to make it. The Vikings can’t make the Big Sky tournament themselves, but would eliminate the Hornets from playoff contention with a win Friday.
Both teams lost to Montana, 1-0, in their last match, with the Vikings falling painfully on a goal in the 87th minute. The late loss was the Vikings’ fourth this season on a goal scored in the 80th minute or later, as well as their second such loss in Big Sky play. The Vikings have also lost two matches in Big Sky play on goals scored in the last minute of the first half, meaning late goals have accounted for four of the team’s six Big Sky losses.
Sacramento State’s loss to Montana, meanwhile, continued a tough stretch for the Hornets, who have lost five of their last seven after starting Big Sky play with two straight wins over Northern Arizona and Southern Utah. The Hornets’ two wins in that stretch came over the two teams ranked last in the Big Sky standings, too, in North Dakota and Idaho State.
The Hornets also had a good performance against second-place Northern Colorado on Oct. 16, but lost to the Bears 2-1 on a goal with less than a minute left in the second overtime period.
The Hornets have been a much better team at home than on the road, however, as they have gone 3-1-0 at home in Big Sky play, with the only loss being their close loss to the Bears.
Live stats will be available for the Vikings’ match against Sacramento State this Friday. Fans can find the live stats links on the women’s soccer schedule page on GoViks.com.
SCOUTING SACRAMENTO STATE:
The Sacramento State Hornets (6-11-0, 4-5-0 Big Sky) have struggled recently – losing five of their last seven matches – but have been a different team at home than on the road, and will host the Vikings Friday. The Hornets have gone 3-1-0 at home in Big Sky play this season, with their only loss coming 2-1 to Northern Colorado on a goal scored with less than a minute left in the second overtime period. The Hornets still haven’t beaten a team ranked higher than 10th in the league since the opening weekend of Big Sky play, however, as their two recent wins came over 10th-place North Dakota and last-place Idaho State.
Overall, the Hornets have been a strong offensive team in Big Sky, scoring 14 goals in nine matches so far, ranking them tied for fourth in the conference this season. Eight of the Hornets’ 14 goals in Big Sky play have come in four matches at home, too, giving them an average of two goals per home game in conference. Individually, eight different players have scored the team’s 14 conference goals, led by junior forward Adaurie Dayak, who’s scored three goals, all of which have been game-winners. Besides Dayak, sophomore forward Kayla Collins leads the team with eight points in Big Sky play on two goals and four assists.
Junior midfielder Jennifer Lum also has four assists in Big Sky play this season, giving Lum and Collins eight of the team’s 12 total assists in Big Sky play. Meanwhile, defensively, the Hornets have been in the middle of the conference with 14 goals allowed and a 1.83 goals against average in Big Sky play. Again, the Hornets have been a much better defensive team when they play at home, though, as they’ve allowed only three goals in four Big Sky matches at home, one of which was the last-second goal in double overtime to Northern Colorado. Individually, freshman goalkeeper Destiny Butcher started the Hornets’ first 14 matches, but junior goalkeeper Molly McConnell has started the last three. McConnell has the better goals against average of the two (1.35 to Butcher’s 1.63), but Butcher has the better save percentage (.735 to McConnell’s .722).
ALL-TIME SERIES VERSUS SACRAMENTO STATE:
The Vikings have owned their series against the Hornets of late, but the Hornets still lead 10-8-3 overall. The Vikings have won five of the last six, though, including the last four straight. The Vikings have also not lost a regular-season match to the Hornets since 2007.