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STORY BY JEREK WOLCOTT-ISU SPORTS INFORMATION
POCATELLO, Idaho - Amanda Ellsworth scored two goals to lead Idaho State to a 2-1 soccer win over Sacramento State and surpass Stacey Peterson-Allen for the Idaho State career goal mark Thursday evening at Davis Field in Pocatello.
Ellsworth broke the record held by Peterson-Allen (2000-03) for a decade on her second goal of the match it was her 23rd career goal and seventh of the season. She also tied the career mark for points at 53 which was also held by Peterson-Allen.
Ellsworth’s first goal of the match came in the 18th minute when Ellsworth emerged from a scrum in front of the goal to tip the ball into the back of the net.
The second goal of the match came in the 37th minute when Ellsworth took a throw-in from Katherine Roberts to the right side of the five-yard box. When the Sac State keeper challenged the ball Ellsworth sent it over her head to the left top corner of the goal.
Coach Allison Gibson new that she had a great goal scorer when she recruited Ellsworth but when she got on campus she found out what really has made her great at ISU.
“She is such a true competitor,” Gibson said. “You can see it in her face, you can see it in her warmups, you can see it the way she trains and plays. I definitely thought it was going to happen but to have it happen so early in her career she has an opportunity to pad those numbers and set a record that won’t be touched for a long time.”
Peterson-Allen’s record stood for a decade before today’s match.
Lost in the record breaking may have been the best half of soccer by the Bengal backline. The defense held Sacramento State to just two shots in the first half. Neither shot was on frame.
“They just did a tremendous job,” Gibson said. “We gave up two but we had given up double-digit shots in the first half almost all season. It was probably one of their best halves of the year.”
The Bengals gave up their only goal in the 89th minute when Jordyn Rolling got a pass from Kristen Bridges deep in the box she sent the ball across the frame from right to the left top corner for the goal.
Sheridan Hapsic had faced 10 shots and had three saves and gave up just one goal. The Bengals had 13 shots with eight of those on goal.
After today’s matches Idaho State (6-6-2, 3-1-2 BSC) moved into second place with 11 points behind their next opponent Portland State. The Hornets (7-4-3, 3-2-1 BSC) are now tied for third place with Weber State and Northern Colorado.
Portland State will come into Davis Field Saturday at 1 p.m. with a comfortable lead in the Big Sky. The Vikings are 6-0-1 in conference play and lead Idaho State 19-11 in points.
“The motivation will be there,” Gibson said. “We just need to make sure that the team is focused on the important things and make sure that every player knows their role. They are a good team and they are on fire but we will feel we can win against every any team in this conference.”