SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Kylee Kim-Bustillos scored her first goal of the season and Kaylyn Evans put on an incredible preformance in goal with a career-best with 10 saves Sunday afternoon, but a quick golden goal by the CSUN Matadors handed Sacramento State women's soccer a 2-1 loss in the 93rd minute.
Sacramento State (1-5-1) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead over CSUN (3-2-1) on Sunday thanks to Kylee Kim-Bustillos and her first goal of the season. After she received a perfectly placed pass from Bonnie Ford near the top of the box, Kim-Bustillos simply outmaneuvered her defender to get a great look at the goal. She sent the ball hard and low into the far corner to give the Hornets a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute.
After leading the team last season with 11 goals, Sunday's goal was the first of the year for Kim-Bustillos. After her breakout freshman campaign, opponents have been all too aware of her scoring potential and have worked hard to limit her contributions. To counter, Kim-Bustillos has spread the ball around incredibly well and already has four assists, matching her total from last season.
That first goal held for over 30 minutes before CSUN finally answered in the 42nd. On a Matadors corner kick, the ball dropped down in front of the goal and, after a few bounces off of different players down low, CSUN's Briana Rios managed to punch in the equalizer.
The score remained even as the teams went into the break and would stay even at one for the entirety of the second half.
Both teams had opportunities in the second half, but neither was able to convert despite a combined 14 second-half shots (nine for CSUN, five for Sacramento State). The discrepancy in shot totals continued into the overtime period as CSUN took two shots in the first two minutes, including the game-winner, while the Hornets took none.
Despite taking the loss on the scoresheet, Hornets' goalkeeper Kaylyn Evans put on an incredible performance Sunday afternoon. The junior goalie made 10 total saves on the afternoon while facing 19 total shots against.
In the second half, especially, Evans was excellent. She had seven saves in the second period including a number of spectacular, rapid-fire saves and some one-on-one saves.
Her 10 total saves are a career-high and are the most by a Hornets' keeper since 2016 (Destiny Butcher, 14 vs. Hawaii).
Sunday's loss drops the Hornets to 1-5-1 overall on the season. Next week is the final week of non-conference play for Sacramento State. They'll travel to San Francisco to take on the Dons on Friday then host Saint Mary's in their non-conference finale on Sunday.
Kickoff for Friday's match at San Francisco is scheduled for 7:00 pm and can be seen live online. For more details, be sure to visit the Sacramento State women's soccer schedule online at HornetSports.com.