WOMEN’S SOCCER LOOKS TO RIGHT SHIP IN RETURN TO SACRAMENTO

WOMEN’S SOCCER LOOKS TO RIGHT SHIP IN RETURN TO SACRAMENTO

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's soccer team returns home for one game before heading back on the road in a weekend split. They will host the Idaho State Bengals at Hornet Field on Friday, Oct. 13 at 3:30 PM before packing up and heading to Utah to take on Weber State on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 11:30 AM.

Scouting Idaho State (3-10-0, 2-3-0 Big Sky)

Sacramento State welcomes the Bengals to Sacramento for the first time this year and the first time since an early October match up of last season. That contest resulted in a 2-1 Hornets win in overtime. Sacramento State has not been to Idaho State since the 2015 season, a match that again resulted in a Hornets win, 3-2. Despite winning the last two matches against the Bengals, the Hornets have historically struggled against Idaho State, posting an all-time record of 5-12-3. At home, Sacramento State is just 3-6-1 against the Bengals.

Like Sacramento State, the Bengals enter play Friday having lost their last two matches to Southern Utah and Portland State. Overall, the Bengals are 3-10 this season and 2-3 in Big Sky play. Their lone conference win was a 1-0 shutout against Montana at home.

The Bengals offense has struggled to generate much pressure this season and have just 26 points, the second-fewest in the conference. They are also among the bottom three in goals and assists, though they rank sixth with 191 shots taken this year. Defensively, they have been unable to slow down opponents, allowing 25 goals this season, second most in the Big Sky.

The Bengals are led by midfielder Mekena Bambei. The sophomore has been a force for the Bengals as of late, scoring one goal in three of the last four games, including the game-winner against Montana. During conference play, she has taken 20 total shots with nine on goal for three goals for a .150 shot percentage and a .450 shot on goal percentage. Currently, she ranks tied-for-eighth in goals in the Big Sky with four.

Quick Facts vs. Idaho State

Scouting Weber State (5-6-0, 2-1-0 Big Sky)

After just one game at home, Sacramento State will again take to the road as they travel to Ogden, Utah to take on the Wildcats on Sunday. The trip is the team's first to Wildcat Soccer Field since the 2015 season, a match they dropped 4-2. Sacramento took the two's last matchup, beating Weber State 1-0 at home in 2016. All-time, the two teams have been evenly matched as the Hornets trail the all-time series record 10-12-2. On the road in Ogden, Sacramento State is just 3-9 over the last 20 years.

Weber Sate enters play this weekend tied Idaho for last in the Big Sky with a 1-3-1 record (four points). They are scheduled to face Northern Arizona in Flagstaff before returning home to host the Hornets. Weber State's lone conference win came against the conference's second-place team, Portland State, a 2-0 win at home.

Weber State's offense ranks among the bottom in all offensive categories, including shots (136, 10th), goals (7, 11th), and assists (4, 11th). This season, they have scored more than one goal in a match just once, their 2-0 win over Portland State. They have been shut out six times, including twice in conference play.

Junior forward Morgan Quarnberg leads the Wildcats with four goals and eight points this season. Her four goals match her season-high (four in 2015) and puts her at 11 for her career. 

Quick Facts vs. Weber State

Conference Catch Up

Through six conference games, the Hornets are 1-3-2 and are currently riding back-to-back losses. Both of their draws came on the road with back-to-back scoreless matches at Eastern Washington and Idaho to open conference play. They picked up their first win with a 3-0 shutout over then-first place North Dakota. Entering Friday's match, Sacramento State is ninth in the Big Sky with five points, four behind the sixth-place Southern Utah.

Road Trip Recap

This last road trip featured two tough losses at Montana (1-0) and Portland State (2-1). In both cases, the opponents came through with late goals to take the lead. Montana scored the game-winner in the 84th minute while Portland State scored twice in the 71st and 79th minutes of play. Hawks. Caitlin Prothe scored the Hornets' lone goal, her third of the year.  

Home Vs. Road

Sacramento State plays Friday at home where they are 3-3 this season. In home matches, the Hornets are averaging 1.6 goals per game while holding opponents to 0.83 goals per game. Two of Sacramento's shutout wins have come at Hornet Field.

The Hornets then play Sunday on the road, where they are 3-3-2. The offense is averaging 1.13 goals per game away from Sacramento while allowing an even 1.00 goal per road match.

K-B

After scoring five goals in nine non-conference games to start her Sacramento State career, forward Kylee Kim-Bustillos has been held to just one goal in six conference matches. The freshman from Hawaii was on pace to break the program's single season goals scored mark for a freshman (11) but is now on pace for eight freshman goals.

Keeping In Goal

After starting 12 straight matches for Sacramento State, freshman Aaliyah Fesili missed her first game since August 20 of this season. The keeper was removed from the Hornets' October 6th match at Montana after a collision in front of the goal. Fesili gave way to sophomore Kaylyn Evans for last Sunday's match against Portland State.

Fesili leads the Big Sky with a 0.63 goals against average while her .849 save percentage is second in the conference. She also has five shutouts, tied for the second most this season.

Putting Up Zeros

Sacramento State was shutout last Friday for the fourth time in six conference matches. For the year, the Hornets have failed to find the back of the net in six total matches. Last year, Sacramento State was shut out just four times all season and just once in conference.

Most Big Sky Wins

The Hornets have just one Big Sky win through six matches this season. Last year, the Hornets won a program-most six conference matches. Prior to 2015, the team had never won more than four Big Sky games in a year, though before the league expanded there were as few as only six Big Sky games played per year compared to the 10 that are played now.

11 Years of Dedini

Sacramento State head coach Randy Dedini enters his 11th season leading the Hornets. He is the longest tenured and winningest coach in program history in terms of both total wins and winning percentage. He has won two Big Sky titles - the only two in program history - in his 10 seasons with Sacramento State.

Coach of the Year

Sacramento State head coach Randy Dedini was named Big Sky Coach of the Year following the Hornets' 6-2-2 conference finish last season. The award was Dedini's third in 10 years at the helm in Sacramento - Dedini was also named Big Sky Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2010.