SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's soccer team embarks on their second and final conference road trip of the season as they travel to Utah and Arizona. The Hornets will go up against the Southern Utah Thunderbirds Friday afternoon before taking on the Lumberjacks of Northern Arizona on Sunday at noon. After this weekend's road games, the Hornets close the regular season with three straight home matchs.
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About Last Week
Sacramento State split their two matches last weekend, going 1-1 in their first two Big Sky conference matches.
Sacramento State followed that with a hard-fought, 1-0 loss at home to the Big Sky-leading Weber State Wildcats. The match was scoreless for 53 minutes before Weber State took the lead. The Hornets matched the Wildcats in shots (six) and led in corner kicks (8-7), but trailed in shots on goal (3-2).
Against Southern Utah
Sacramento State has faced the Southern Utah Thunderbirds just six times, starting in 2012. In those six games, the Hornets hold a sizable advantage, leading the all-time series, 5-1. Three of those matches have been at SUU, where the Hornets are 2-1.
Last year, Sacramento State shut out the T-Birds 4-0. The Hornets have blanked Southern Utah in back-to-back matches, 4-0 and 2-0, and have won the last three straight matches by a combined scored of 10-1.
Scouting the Thunderbirds
- Southern Utah comes into the second week of Big Sky competition with an 0-3 conference record and a 1-11 overall record.
- The Tbirds have played just four home games this season, going 1-3.
- Southern Utah was selected to finish ninth in the Big Sky preseason coaches poll after finishing eighth last season.
- The Thunderbirds lead the conference with the fewest fouls per game at just 6.82. That is the 43rd fewest in the NCAA.
- Southern Utah averages 6.45 saves per game, most in the Big Sky and the 23rd most in all NCAA Div. I women's soccer.
- Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Brianna Aldrige averages 6.40 saves per game this season, the 15th most in the country.
- The Thunderbirds are second to last in the conference in shots, points, and goals so far this season.
- Although they lead in saves, they are ninth in goals against average.
Scouting the Lumberjacks
- Northern Arizona enters the week with a 6-3-2 overall record, including a 2-0-1 record against Big Sky competition.
- The Lumberjacks are 2-2-1 at home this season.
- Before hosting Sacramento State on Sunday, Northern Arizona will host Portland State on (3-8, 1-3 Big Sky) Friday.
- Northern Arizona was selected to finish fourth in the Big Sky in the preseason coaches poll, just one spot ahead of Sacramento State.
- The Lumberjacks' 140 RPI is the third highest in the Big Sky, trailing only Idaho (117) and Northern Colorado (125).
- Northern Arizona owns an 0.94 goals against average, the second lowest mark in the conference. They had allowed 10 goals in 11 games.
- The Lumberjacks are tied for first in the Big Sky with four shutouts.
- Junior Tatum Heeres leads the Lumberjacks with four assists, tied with Kylee Kim-Bustillos for second in the league.
Against Northern Arizona
Sacramento State has faced the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 24 times dating back to 1997. all-time, the Hornets trail NAU 8-12-4. Sacramento State has typically dominated the Lumberjacks at home (7-2-2), though they have struggled on the road, playing to a 1-8-2 record in Flagstaff.
Last season, the two teams closed the regular season with a draw in Sacramento. Because of the draw, both teams clinched a spot in the postseason. Three of the team's last five matchups have gone to overtime. Sacramento State is 1-2-2 in those five matches. NAU has outscored Sacramento State 6-5 in that stretch.
Sacramento State leads the Big Sky Conference with a .526 shot on goal percentage. They rank 38th in all of NCAA Div. I women's soccer. They have taken 114 total shots and placed 60 of them on goal. Sacramento State is eighth in total shots but third in goals scored.
You Get a Goal, You Get a Goal!
Nine different players have scored a goal for Sacramento State this season. Sophomore midfielder Skylar Littlefield leads the team with three goals while the trio of Caitlin Prothe, Tiffany Miras, and Christina Lazar each have two.
Of the nine total goal-scorers, seven of them are sophomores or freshmen. Last year, just six different Hornets scored a goal.
Outscoring the Conference
The Hornets have scored 15 goals through 11 games this season, tied for third most in the Big Sky Conference. They are tied with Idaho while only Northern Colorado (21) has more.
The Hornets are second in the Big Sky and fifth in NCAA Div. I with 17 total yellow cards this season. Caitlin Prothe leads the team and conference with four total yellow cards while teammate Julia Herrera is the only player in the Big Sky with three.
Prothe is one of nine players in the country with four yellow cards while Herrera is one of 54 with three.
Littlefield's Lots of Shots
Sophomore forward Kylee Kim-Bustillos leads the team with four assists this season. That matches her team-leading four assists from all of last season. Kim-Bustillos is in a three-way tie for most assists in the Big Sky Conference. Bonnie Ford is second on the team and tied for fifth in the conference with three assists.
Playing to a Draw
The Hornets have two draws through their first 11 games this season. Last year, Sacramento State recorded four total ties, tied for second most in a season in program history. All four of those ties came in conference competition, which set a new program record for conference draws.
Each of Sacramento State's last four games have been a shutout, with either the Hornets shutting out their opponents or vice versa. Four of Sacramento State's last five matches have been shutouts.
The Hornets have played seven of their 13 matches on the road this year (including neutral sites). Through those seven matches, they are just 1-4-2.
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.