SACRAMENTO, Calif. - It took over 80 minutes, but Sacramento State found the back of the net in the 81st minute, breaking a scoreless tie and leading to an eventual 2-0 win over the visiting Toledo Rockets.
With the win, Sacramento State improved to 5-1-2 on the season. Toledo, meanwhile, fell to 2-5.
The win extends Sacramento State's unbeaten streak to seven matches. After dropping the season opener on the road, the Hornets have won or tied in each of their last seven matches. The streak is the team's longest since going nine straight without a loss during the 2007 season.
Sunday's win was anything but a sure thing, especially after a first half in which the Toledo Rockets out-possessed and outshot the Hornets.
After a scoreless first half, the Hornets turned up the attack in the second, taking 10 shots compared to Toledo's two. Five of those 10 were on goal.
The Hornets broke the scoreless tie in the 81st minute when Kylee Kim-Bustillos drove one into the back of the net from just outside and to the left of the goal box. The goal was the junior's team and conference-leading sixth of the season and was her first game-winner of the year.
Samantha Craig, who made a nice move to shake a defender at the top of the 18, picked up her first assist of the year on the score, finding Kim-Bustillos in space to allow for the goal.
Just seven minutes later, the Hornets put the game away with their second goal of the afternoon, this time thanks to an excellent header by Camila Fonseca.
Aubrey Goodwill started the play, taking a free kick from 35 yards out. The shot was on goal, but the keeper was able to get a hand on it, deflecting the ball into the cross bar. The ball then rebounded back into the box where Fonseca headed it in for the score. The goal was her first of the year.
On the defensive side of the ball, Sunday's shutout is Sacramento State's Big Sky-leading fourth of the year. The Hornets backline of Goodwill, Mikayla Reed, Mia Wilson, and goalkeeper Aaliyah Fesili all played a full 90 minutes in the match, limiting Toledo to just nine total shots, four of them on frame.
For Fesili, who made four saves in the win, her 0.83 goals against average is best in the Big Sky, as is her .851 save percentage.
Sunday's match was the last of a four-match stretch at home for the Hornets, which began on Sept. 5 against Pacific. The team will head back out on the road for a Sunday, Sept. 22 match at CSU Bakersfield. Kick is scheduled for 1 p.m.
So far this season, the Hornets are 1-1-1 when playing away from Hornet Field.
For more information on Sunday's match, including links live video streams, notes, and more, be sure to visit the Sacramento State women's soccer schedule online at HornetSports.com.