WOMEN'S SOCCER RETURNS FROM HAWAII FOR SEASON-LONG HOMESTAND BEGINNING THURSDAY

WOMEN'S SOCCER RETURNS FROM HAWAII FOR SEASON-LONG HOMESTAND BEGINNING THURSDAY

Women's Soccer Weekly Notes, 9/3 (PDF)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - After an incredible trip to Hawaii for the Rainbow Wahine Invitational, in which the Hornets went 1-0-1 against Hawaii and Nevada, the Sacramento State women's soccer team returns home to Hornet Field for two matches this week. Up first, it's a home contest against Pacific on Thursday before the Hornets host the Cal Baptist Lancers for the first time in program history. 

Follow The Action

vs. Pacific Tigers
Hornet Field // Sacramento, Calif.
Thursday, September 5 // 4:00 p.m. PT
Live Stream: Pluto.TV (ch. 533), WatchBigSky.com
Live Stats: HornetStats.com

vs. Cal Baptist Lancers
Hornet Field // Sacramento, Calif.
Sunday, September 8 // 12:00 p.m. PT
Live Stream: Pluto.TV (ch. 533), WatchBigSky.com
Live Stats: HornetStats.com

Kids Day

Sunday's match against Cal Baptist is also Sacramento State's Kids Day at Hornet Field! All fans 12 and under are free at both ends of Sunday's mens/women's soccer doubleheader. Free team posters will be given away at the start of each match and both teams will be signing autogrpahs after its respective game!

About Last Week 

Sacramento State had an excellent showing in the Rainbow Wahine Soccer Invitational this past weekend, going 1-0-1 while shutting out both Hawaii and Nevada. 

The Hornets went 110 minutes on Saturday night, playing to a scoreless draw against the Wahine. It was a defensive showcase on both ends of the field, highlighted by Hornets keeper Aaliyah Fesili, who recorded five saves in the shutout. 

On Monday, Sacramento State defeated the Wolf Pack, 1-0, on the back of an Aubrey Goodwill penalty kick in the 51st minute. Again, Fesili and the defense dominated, shutting out Nevada over 90 minutes of play. 

Player of the Week

Junior goalkeeper Aaliyah Fesili was named the Big Sky Conference's Defense Player of the Week for her performance in the Rainbow Wahine Invitational. Fesili played all 200 minutes over the weekend, including 110 against Hawaii, and did not allow a goal. The keeper piled up eight total saves, bringing her season total to 19 in four matches. 

The selection was the second of Fesili's career. Fesili also earned Defensive Player of the Week once during her freshman season after recording back-to-back shutouts on the road against Big Sky opponents Eastern Washington and Idaho. 

Goal For Goodwill

Aubrey Goodwill scored the game-winning goal in Monday's 1-0 win against Nevada on a penalty kick in the 51st minute. The score was the first of her Hornets and her collegiate career. In seven games last season, Goodwill tallied two assists.  

Back-to-Back Shutouts

Sacramento State posted back-to-back shutouts over the weekend, holding both Hawaii and Nevada scoreless in the Rainbow Wahine Invitational. It was the first time the Hornets shut out back-to-back opponents since September of 2017, when the team shutout Eastern Washington (T, 0-0), Idaho (T, 0-0), and North Dakota (W, 3-0) in three straight.

A Return To the Islands

Sacramento State's trip to Hawaii was an opportunity for a number of Hornets to play in front of their hometown, family, and friends. Three members of the 2019 Hornets squad - Kylee Kim-Bustillos, Shantel Torres-Benito, and Aaliyah Fesili - played in their home state for the first time in a Hornets uniform. 

Let The Homestand begin

After playing three of their first four matches on the road, the Hornets return to Hornet Field at Sacramento State for four consecutive home matches beginning Thursday, Sept. 5 against Pacific.

The homestand also includes matches against Cal Baptist (9/8), San Jose State (9/12), and Toledo (9/15). The Hornets will go nearly three weeks between road matches, with their next not until Sept. 22 at CSU Bakersfield. 

For the season, nine of Sacramento State's matches are at home while nine are on the road. 

The four-game homestand is Sacramento State's first such stretch since playing four consecutive home matches in the 2016 season. 

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