SACRAMENTO, Calif. - After an impressive home-opener win last Sunday against Cal Poly, Sacramento State is back on the road as the Hornets head to Hawaii for a four-day tournament against both the Hawaii Warriors and Nevada Wolf Pack. Sacramento State takes on the host Warriors first on Saturday evening before facing the Wolf Pack on Monday.
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About Last Week
Sacramento State split its two matches last weekend to start the 2019 season. In their season opener, the Hornets fell on the road, 3-1, at Causeway rivals UC Davis. Kylee Kim-Bustillos scored the first goal of the day and the first goal of the season in just the second minute before the Aggies countered with three goals of their own.
On Sunday, the Hornets hosted Cal Poly for the 2019 home opener and defeated the Mustangs, 3-1. Three different players scored for Sacramento State, including newcomers Samantha Craig and Shantel Torres-Benito. Craig gave the Hornets and early 1-0 advantage and Benito's goal proved to be the game winner. It was Kim-Bustillos again finding the net for the team's third and final goal.
Life On the Islands
Sacramento State's upcoming trip to Hawaii will be the team's second under head coach Randy Dedini and first since the 2016 season.
For a number of Hornets, the trip will be a return home. Four members of the 2019 Hornets squad - Aaliyah Fesili (Honolulu), Skylar Littlefield (Kihei), Kylee Kim-Bustillos (Mililani), and Shantel Torres-Benito (Waipahu) - are all from Hawaii.
A Renewed Offense
Sacramento State has scored four goals in its first two games early this season. Three different players have combined for those four goals, including two from junior Kylee Kim-Bustillos.
Last season, the Hornets did not score their fourth goal of the season until game four. They scored 19 goals in 18 games. This season, although early, Sacramento State is on pace for 36 goals.
Stay On Target
Although Sacramento State has been out-shot in its first two games, 28-19, the Hornets have scored just as many goals as their opponents - four. Sacramento State owns a .211 shot percentage compared to a .143 mark for its opponents.
Although the season is still very early, the Hornets are nearly double their shot percentage from last season (.112).
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