WOMEN'S SOCCER HEADS INTO FINAL NON-CONFERENCE WEEKEND WITH MATCHES AT SAN FRANCISCO, VS. SAINT MARY'S

WOMEN'S SOCCER HEADS INTO FINAL NON-CONFERENCE WEEKEND WITH MATCHES AT SAN FRANCISCO, VS. SAINT MARY'S

Women's Soccer Weekly Notes, Sep. 12

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's soccer team closes out the non-conference portion of the 2018 schedule this weekend at they travel to San Francisco to take on the Dons on Friday before hosting the Saint Mary's Gaels on Sunday. Kickoff on Friday is scheduled for 7 pm while Sunday's home match will get started at 1 pm. 

How To Watch

Sacramento State's Friday night match at San Francisco will stream live online at TheW.tv. Additionally, in-game updates will be provided on Twitter, @SacStWSoccer. 

Friday at San Francisco, 7:00 PM
Watch: hornetsports.com/links/766cn7
Twitter: twitter.com/sacstwsoccer

For Sunday's home match against Saint Mary's, the game will stream live online at WatchBigSky.com. Live stats will again be provided via HornetStats.com and in-game updates can be found on Twitter, @SacStWSoccer.

Sunday vs. Saint Mary's, 1:00 PM
Watch: hornetsports.com/links/0x9pwp
Stats: hornetsports.com/links/14tvz1
Twitter: twitter.com/sacstwsoccer

All links, news, and updates can always be found by visiting the 2018 Women's Soccer Schedule online at HornetSports.com.

About Last Week

The Hornets went 1-1 last week, splitting two weekend matches at home. Sacramento State started the weekend with a 3-2 win over the visiting Nevada Wolf Pack. Three different Hornets scored in the win, each scoring their first goal of their season. 

On Sunday, Sacramento State fell to the visiting CSUN Matadors, 2-1 in overtime. It was the third overtime match of the year for the Hornets, who got a goal from Kylee Kim-Bustillos and 10 saves from keeper Kaylyn Evans.

Against the Dons

Sacramento State has faced the San Francisco Dons 13 times since the start of the program in 1994, playing to an overall record of 4-9-0. The two teams have not faced off against each other since the 2012 season, a match that went the Don's way, 4-1. 

Over their last five contests, the Hornets are 2-3 against San Francisco with both of their wins coming in Sacramento. The Hornets have never won on the road at San Francisco, going 0-6 in six total tries. 

Scouting San Francisco

  • San Francisco enters Friday's matchup with a 5-3-0 overall record. 
  • Last year, the Dons played to an 8-10-2 record, including a 4-5-0 mark in the West Coast Conference.
  • Although they are 5-3 overall, San Francisco is just 1-3 on the road. They have allowed 12 total goals in those four road games while scoring four.
  • USF has faced on other Big Sky opponent, shutting out Montana on the road, 2-0, for their only road win so far this season. 
  • Redshirt junior Samantha Jehnings leads the Dons with five goals scored this season. She has scored five times while taking just 13 shots, good for an impressive .385 SH%.
  • Although they have three losses, two of them have come against very tough opponents, including a 5-1 loss at #1 Stanford and a 3-0 loss at #21 Oklahoma State.

Against the Gaels

The Hornets and Saint Mary's Gaels have squared off just 12 total times since 1996 with Saint Mary's holding the all-time series advantage, 9-3. After a trio of late-90's matches, the two teams played each other every year from 2001-2007 before a break until 2016. 

Sacramento State took the last match up between the team teams, a 2-1 win on the road in Moraga. The Hornets last defeated the Gaels at home in 2006, 1-0.

Scouting Saint Mary's

  • Saint Mary's heads into this weekend's matches with a 4-3-0 overall record. Last week, they went 2-0 against Fresno State and Nevada, teams the Hornets tied and beat. 
  • Last year, the Gaels played to a 7-11-1 record, including a home loss to Sacramento State.
  • Saint Mary's opens this weekend's competition with a match at CSU Bakersfield on Friday before traveling to Sacramento. 
  • The Gaels are a combined 1-3 on the road this year (1-2 away, 0-1 neutral). They have allowed nine goals in four total away matches. 
  • Saint Mary's is led by Jordyn Cunningham and Jaylen Crim. Cunningham leads the team in scoring, with three goals and an assist, while Crim has a goal of her own, plus three assists. 
  • Sacramento State is Saint Mary's only Big Sky opponent this season. Last year, they were 1-1 against the Big Sky (L vs. Sac, W vs. Idaho).

Kim-Bustillos Finds the Net

Sophomore forward Kylee Kim-Bustillos scored her first goal of the season in Sunday's 2-1 loss to CSUN. The goal came in the ninth minute on a break-away style play. 

Kim-Bustillos led the team in both goals scored and assists last season, with 11 and four, respectively. She already has four assists this season, tied for the most in the Big Sky conference. Her six total points this season are tied for third in the league. 

Evans Piles Up the Saves

Goalkeeper Kaylyn Evans set a career high with 10 saves on Sunday against CSUN. The junior faced 19 total shots in what turned out to be a 2-1 Hornets loss, but made 10 total saves. Many of them came in close quarters with the Matadors attackers and a few were rapid fire, back-to-back style saves. 

The 10 saves are the most ever for Evans and the most since Destiny Butcher recorded 14 total saves against Hawaii in 2016. 

Reliable Reed

Junior Mikayla Reed has been an anchor for the Hornets this season, having played every minute of the team's first seven matches. Her 670 total minutes are 53 more than the next closest Hornet (Julia Herrera, 617). Just two other Hornets have logged over 600 minutes this year. 

While playing mostly in the midfield, Reed has also played along the backline for the Hornets with injuries to their regular defenders. Last year, Reed played 1,794 total minutes, third most on the team.

Career Firsts

Sacramento State's Tiffany Miras and Camila Fonseca each scored their first career goals this past Friday as the Hornets defeated Nevada 3-2. Miras, a sophomore transfer, has one goal and one assist this season while having taken six total shots (four on goal). For Fonseca, she has taken five total shots so far this season, placing three of them on goal. 

Spreading the Scoring

Eight different players have scored a goal for Sacramento State this season. Christina Lazar is the only player to have scored twice while the other seven each have one goal. Last year, the Hornets had goals from just six different players. 

Last Week of Non-Conference

The Hornets open the final week of non-conference play on the schedule for this season. After Sunday's match against Saint Mary's, Sacramento State will jump into conference play on the road at Eastern Washington. The Hornets have an opportunity to finish non-conference play with a 3-5-1 record. Last year, the Hornets were 5-4 against non-conference opponents. 

It's Been a Rough Road

Sacramento State's Friday match on the road at San Francisco is their fifth on the road this season. So far, the Hornets are 0-3-1 when playing away from Hornet Field (0-2-1 away, 0-1-0 neutral). After starting the season on the road for five of eight matches, six of Sacramento State's final 10 matches will be at home.

Making them Count

The Hornets have been extremely efficient in their shots so far this season. Sacramento State has taken  45 shots in total through five games (nine shots per game) and has placed more than half of those shots on goal (23). Of those 23 shots on goal, six have turned into goals. Overall, the Hornets own a .133 shot percentage and a .511 SOG percentage. 

Postseason Presence

With last season's trip to the Big Sky Tournament, Sacramento State made it three straight years with a postseason appearance. That streak matches the program record for most consecutive seasons in the postseason (last, 2005-07). Since its start in 1994, the Sacramento State women's soccer team has never advanced to four straight postseason tournaments. With a strong 2018 season, the Hornets could break that record this season.