Women’s soccer beats Humboldt State 3-2

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Carlie Reader, first-year women's soccer player, passes the ball up the field. Photo credit: John Domogma

The Chico State women’s soccer team went into its first conference game on Sept. 25 against the Humboldt State Jacks, hoping to extend its three-game winning streak. The ‘Cats were victorious, winning 3-2.

Chico State had a slight offensive advantage in the first half, taking five shots compared to the Jacks’ four. Of those shots, only one of Chico State’s shots were on goal, while the Jacks had zero.

Chico State took three corner kicks compared to the Jacks’ four, but neither team was able to capitalize on its chances, as the first half remained scoreless.

Humboldt State’s goalkeeper, Caitlyn Plese, managed to secure a save for the Jacks— the only save of the first half.

In the second half, the Jacks came out strong with Madison Barnett scoring their first goal at the 50:35 minute mark.

Chico State answered by scoring two goals within a minute of each other, with Emily Sheppley scoring at the 61:29 mark, immediately followed by Pooja Patel scoring at the 62:22 mark. Gabbi Story followed soon after with a 74:51 mark score.

Bridget Daily scored a penalty kick for the Jacks at the 75-minute mark, leading to a 3-2 game with Chico State in the lead.

Chico State had eight fouls in the game, compared to the Jacks’ three. Despite running into foul trouble, the “Cats had six corner kicks. Wildcat goalkeeper Mackenzie Boulton had an excellent game with five saves.

Chico State took a total of 14 shots, with six being on goal. Despite similar offensive strategies, Chico State managed to pull ahead, scoring all three of its goals within 13 minutes.

The Wildcats come into their next game against Sonoma State on Sept. 27 at 11:30 a.m. in Rohnhert Park with the momentum of a four-game winning streak.

Kenta McAfee can be reached at [email protected] @kentamcafee on Twitter.