The Humboldt State women’s soccer team kicked off the season with a victory Tuesday afternoon, defeating visiting Corban University 2-0 in an exhibition match at College Creek Field.
The Lumberjacks came out with tremendous energy and their relentless pressure seemed to give the visiting Warriors trouble early. HSU finished the game with 20 total shots and 12 on target, as they limited Corban’s scoring chances to only four shots on goal.
“I’m so proud of each and every one of the girls and cannot wait to see what the future holds for this team,” said senior defender and team captain Maddie Barnett. “Everyone brings something different, and when we play as a whole we will be unstoppable.”
Junior forward Kaleigh Alves broke the deadlock in the 42nd minute, after a rocket of a shot from sophomore midfielder Sabine Postma ricocheted off the crossbar into the lap of senior defender Jensen Smith, who passed to a wide-open Alves for the finish.
The second half was all Humboldt as the Jacks outshot the Warriors 13-2. Senior forward Alex Jenkins added to the scoring when she slipped one past the visiting keeper off a nice feed from Postma in the 74th minute.
“It’s always nice to get a game against a good team that tests you on both sides of the ball,” HSU head coach Paul Karver said. “We did a good job of moving the ball today, but we have to improve our ability to finish the final ball. This is a good start, and now we have eight days to prepare for Concordia.”
The Lumberjacks open the regular season on the road against Concordia University of Oregon on Aug. 30 at 1:30 p.m. in Rohnert Park.