SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State takes it's Big Sky-leading seven match unbeaten streak on the road this weekend as the Hornets travel to CSU Bakersfield to take on the Roadrunners. Sunday's match at CSU Bakersfield is the team's final non-conference matchup of the year, with Big Sky play starting for the Hornets next Friday, Sept. 27, on the road at Weber State.
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at CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners
Main Soccer Field // Bakersfield, Calif.
Sunday, September 22 // 1:00 p.m. PT
Live Stream: WACDigitalNetwork.com
Live Stats: GoRunners.com/coverage
About Last Week
Sacramento State went 2-0 last week, winning two matches at home against the visiting San Jose State Spartans and Toledo Rockets.
The week started with a thrilling, late-game win over San Jose State. Kylee Kim-Bustillos gave the Hornets a 1-0 advantage early in the second half before the Spartans evened the match. It was Ariana Nino who delivered the game-winner, scoring on a set piece from Aubrey Goodwill in the 88th minute of play.
The Hornets followed that with their fourth shutout of the year, defeating Toledo, 2-0. It was Kim-Bustillos again striking first, scoring what would prove to be the game-winner in the 81st minute to break a scoreless tie. Camila Fonseca sealed the deal with a goal on a header just a few minutes later, putting the Hornets up 2-0.
The Streak Continues
Sacramento State enters the final week of non-conference play with a seven-match unbeaten streak. After dropping their season opener on the road, the Hornets have won or tied in each of their last seven matches.
The streak is the longest active streak in the Big Sky. It is also the second longest unbeaten streak in program history. Sacramento State's longest unbeaten streak is nine matches, set during the team's 2007 Big Sky Championship season in which the Hornets went 12-4-5.
This is the second week of the season during which the Hornets play just one match. The team had one match the week of Aug. 26 - Sep. 1 (Aug. 31 at Hawaii). They will have another one-match week during conference play, the week of Oct. 7 - 13 at Portland State (Oct. 13).
Player of the Week
Junior forward Kylee Kim-Bustillos was named the Big Sky Conference's Offensive Player of the Week after scoring twice in two matches last week and helping lead the Hornets to a 2-0 showing. She took nine shots between the two matches and placed eight of them on goal.
The Player of the Week selection is the second of her career. Kim-Bustillos last received the honor in August of 2017 after her first week as a Hornet.
Sacramento State's Aaliyah Fesili was named the league's Defensive Player of the Week earlier this season, giving the Hornets two selections in the first month of the year.
Kylee Kim-Bustillos heads into the final week of non-conference play leading the Big Sky in nearly every offensive category. Kim-Bustillos is tops in the conference in points (13), goals (6), and shots (26) while also ranking among the top 10 in assists (T-7th) and game-winning goals (T-5th).
Her 13 points are more than double the next closest player in the league. Three different players have six points. During her freshman season, Kim-Bustillos set a program record for most points by a freshman with 26 (11 goals, four assists).
For both Goodwill and Munoz, the three assists are already a career-high. Goodwill had two assists in seven games last season, her first with the Hornets. Munoz entered with 2019 season without an assist in 26 career games.
Great In Goal
Through the season's first eight matches, junior goalkeeper Aaliyah Fesili has been spectacular for the Hornets. Fesili leads the Big Sky in multiple keeper categories, including shutouts (4), goals against average (0.83), and save percentage (.851). She is second in total saves (40).
Fesili is the only keeper in the league with a goals against average under 1.00. She is currently ahead of her freshman mark of 0.84, which was the third lowest GAA in program history.
Sacramento State's four shutouts this year are most in the Big Sky Conference. While much of that is due to the spectacular work of goalkeeper Aaliyah Fesili, much is also a credit of the brilliant play of the Hornets' back line, primarily seniors Mikayla Reed and Mia Wilson and junior Aubrey Goodwill.
Reed leads all Hornets with 760 total minutes played, matched by only Fesili. Wilson has rested for just 20 minutes this season, logging 740 minutes played while Goodwill is the only other Hornets over the 700-minute mark with 714.
Coming Up On Conference
Sacramento State is just one week removed from the start of Big Sky Conference play. After facing the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners on Sunday, the team is off until Friday, Sept. 27 when they head to Utah to take on the Weber State Wildcats.
The Hornets' first two conference matches are on the road. In total, five of the team's nine conference matches will take place on the road.
Sacramento State enters the final weekend of non-conference play with the Big Sky's best record at 5-1-2. They were picked to finish 7th in the league in the conference's preseason poll, though did receive one first-place vote.
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