SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento State women's soccer team picked up their first conference win Friday night at Hornet Field, defeating the first-place North Dakota Fighting Hawks 3-0. The team got three goals from three different players while the defense and goalkeeper Aaliyah Fesili recorded their third straight shutout.
North Dakota entered tonight's match off to their best conference start since 2003. The 2-0 Fighting Hawks had won two straight and had not lost in nearly a month. The Hornets offense came out firing though, scoring their first goal in seventh minute to take a 1-0 lead. Andrea Boehm played a deflected kick perfectly, striking the loose ball into the goal from 15 yards out. The goal was the second of the year for the senior midfielder.
Sacramento State was far from finished, however, as the offense kept piling on the shots. In the game's 20th minute, the team's leading scorer Kylee Kim-Bustillos added another goal of the year to make to 2-0. Kim-Bustillos played a cross from Allie Zwerling, finding the back of the net for her team-leading seventh goal of the year. The assist was Zwerling's first this year.
The Hornets' final goal came in the 54th minute as Skylar Littlefield connected for her first goal of the season. The goal, which she played off a North Dakota defender, seemed to wander through multiple defenders as it rolled across the line past the outstretch North Dakota keeper.
In total, the Hornets offense took 27 shots, a new season-high, and 12 shots on goal. They are averaging nearly 14 shots a game and their previous high was 19 against CSU Bakersfield on September 17.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Hornets defense bent, allowing 16 shots on goal, but did not break, recording their third straight shutout. Fesili made nine saves, raising her season total to 37 and lowering her goals against average to a Big Sky-best 0.56. The defending Defensive Player of the Week is now 5-3-2 with five shutouts. She has allowed just two goals in her last six matches.
In front of her, senior defender Kylee Smith played 82 minutes. Her fellow defenders, senior Chelsea Arnold and freshman Christina Lazar, each clocked 90 minutes. The trio made a number of excellent stops throughout the game, including breaking up multiple 1-on-1 opportunities for North Dakota.
With today's win, the team is now 6-4-2 (1-0-2) this season. They improved to 3-2 at home with the victory.
The women's squad is back in action Sunday at 1:00 pm as they take on Northern Colorado at Hornet Field.