October 17, 2010

Soccer gives up two late goals, falls to Sacramento State in conference play

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GREELEY, Colo. – The Northern Colorado women's soccer squad came away disappointed after letting up a couple late goals in a 2-0 loss at home to Sacramento State.

The loss put the Bears' record at 9-4-2, 2-1-1 in Big Sky play, while also ending their five-game unbeaten streak.

"Both teams had some chances today," said Northern Colorado head coach Tim Barrera. "Sacramento State is a good team, and if you give a good team enough opportunities, they will find a way to score."

Neither team was able put a score up in the first 87 minutes of regulation, although both squads had a number of chances.

Late in the second-half, however, Sacramento State's Leah Larot found herself on a breakaway after receiving a pass from Erin Tarantino. Larot was able to beat Northern Colorado goalkeeper Kirstin Salminen to the lower-left corner of the net for what turned out to be the game winning goal.

In the 90th minute, with the Bears pushing up trying to find the equalizer, Larot again found some space and put away the clinching goal.

The Bears, who were wearing pink shoelaces to raise awareness for breast-cancer, had a number of chances throughout the game, with Brandi Hopkins perhaps getting the best opportunity early in the second half. Hopkins found herself with some space and tried to go one-on-one with a Hornet defender, but couldn't maneuver through the defense.

A turning point in the game seemed to come just minutes before Larot's goal, when Northern Colorado's Janelle Kramer and Sacramento State's Victoria Ramirez were both given yellow-cards for an altercation.

"The game changed a little bit after the yellow cards," Barrera said. "We figured it would be a one-goal game, we just didn't come out on top.

"The girls are disappointed right now, but we need to move on and get ready for our next game against Eastern Washington."

After the loss, the Bears fall from their seat atop the Big Sky standings, but are still in the hunt for a trip to the conference tournament.

Northern Colorado's next match comes on Friday, Oct. 22 when Eastern Washington comes to Greeley. That night will be senior night for the Bears.