SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Fresh off its return from the Rainbow Wahine Invitational, the Sacramento State women's soccer team didn't miss a step as they rolled to a 2-0 win over the visiting Pacific Tigers. It was the Hornets' second straight victory and third straight shutout.
With the win, Sacramento State improves to 3-1-1 on the season while the Tigers fall to 0-5 to start the 2019 campaign.
Ariana Nino scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal on Thursday, driving one into the back of the net from just six yards out in the 28th minute. Nino received a perfect forward pass from Erika Munoz before driving through the 18, past two defenders, and up for the score.
For Munoz, the assist was her team-leading third of the year.
In the second half, it was Tiffany Miras connecting with Shantel-Torres Benito for the game's second goal. In the 70th minute, Miras found herself charging deep into the left side of the box. With Pacific defenders closing in, she managed to sneak a ball back to the middle for a waiting Torres-Benito.
Torres-Benito needed just one touch to collect her second goal of the year and seal the victory for the Hornets. For Miras, the assist was her first of the season.
While the offense put on the pressure and staked the Hornets to a 2-0 lead after 70 minutes, the defense again continued to shine for Sacramento State.
For three straight matches, the Hornets have kept their opponents off the board, thanks in part to strong performances from goalkeeper Aaliyah Fesili but also the entire backline and midfield.
Pacific managed 10 shots in the match, but placed just four of them on goal. For the year, the Hornets are holding opponents to a minuscule 0.66 shot percentage.
Fesili, who was named last week's Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week after recording back-to-back shutouts in the Wahine Invitational, made four more saves Thursday. Sacramento State also received big minutes from Mia Wilson, Mikayla Reed, and Aubrey Goodwill in the back.
Thursday night's game was just the first of four straight to be played at Hornet Field over the next two weeks. The four-game stretch is longest at home this season and continues next with a Sunday match against Cal Baptist.
The matchup - the first between the two programs ever - is scheduled for a noon kickoff and is the first of a two-match day for Sacramento State. The men's team will host CSU Bakersfield following the conclusion of the women's match.
Sunday is also Kids Day at Hornet Field, where fans 12 and under are free, the first 300 fans will receive a team post giveaway, and both teams will be signing autographs after their respective matches.
A full week of soccer starts tomorrow and ends with KIDS DAY with @sacstatewsoccer and @sacstatemsoccer on Sunday!— Hornet Athletics (@hornetsports) September 4, 2019
�� Free admission 12 and under
�� Team Posters giveaway
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For more information in Kids Day, tickets, live video, and more, be sure to visit the Sacramento State women's soccer schedule online at HornetSports.com.