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NINO’S 88TH-MINUTE GOAL LIFTS WOMEN’S SOCCER, 2-1, OVER SAN JOSE STATE

NINO’S 88TH-MINUTE GOAL LIFTS WOMEN’S SOCCER, 2-1, OVER SAN JOSE STATE

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State scored twice in the second half on Thursday, including the game-winning goal in the 88th-minute by Ariana Nino, as they defeated the San Jose State Spartans, 2-1.

With the win, Sacramento State improves to 4-1-2 on the season, the best mark in the Big Sky conference. For San Jose State, the loss drops the team to 2-2-2.

The win for the Hornets also extends the team's unbeaten streak to a conference-best six straight matches. Sacramento State has not lost since its season opener on August 23, going 4-0-2 since then. 

Thursday's victory didn't come easy, especially after a first half in which San Jose State dominated possession. Both halves were also very physical, particularly in the midfield.

That all changed when, yet again, it was junior forward Kylee Kim-Bustillos finding the back of the net for the Hornets. 

With the Hornets on the attack deep in the Spartans box, Kacie Pou made a short cross from the end line back to Kim-Bustillos just outside the San Jose State goal box. Kim-Bustillos sent a high-powered shot just past the late-reacting keeper to give the Hornets a 1-0 lead in the 49th minute.

For Kim-Bustillos, the goal was her fifth of the season in just seven matches. The junior forward came into Thursday night's action already leading the team and the Big Sky in goals and points and only added to that lead Thursday.

For Pou, the assist is the first of her Hornets career. 

It didn't take long for San Jose State to answer, finding the equalizer on a free kick from just outside the penalty box in the 54th minute.

Both teams had chances after that, but it wasn't until the 88th minute that Sacramento State broke the tie.

With the clock ticking down to two minutes remaining in regulation, Aubrey Goodwill took a free kick for the Hornets from near midfield. The ball cleared the scrum in the middle of the penalty box as Ariana Nino crashed on the ball. She got a foot on the ball, changing its direction and sending it right past the keeper for the game-winner.

The goal was Nino's second of the year and her second game-winning goal, as well. For Goodwill, the assist was her third and moved her into a tie for the top spot on the team and the conference with her teammate, Erika Munoz.

Sacramento State will look to push its unbeaten streak to seven this Sunday when they host the University of Toledo at 2 p.m. The match is the first between the two programs and is also the last of a four-game stretch at home for the Hornets. 

For more information on Sunday's match, including links to tickets, live video streams, notes, and more, be sure to visit the Sacramento State women's soccer schedule online at HornetSports.com.