SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State takes its eight-match unbeaten streak into Big Sky Conference play this weekend with matches at Weber State and Idaho State. The Hornets come into league play with a Big Sky-best 6-1-2 overall record and lead the conference in multiple offensive and defensive categories.
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at Weber State Wildcats
Wildcat Soccer Field // Ogden, Utah.
Friday, September 27 // 7:30 p.m. PT
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About Last Week
Sacramento State played just one match last week, traveling to Southern California to take on the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners. The Hornets improved to 6-1-2 overall and 1-1-1 on the road with a 2-0 shutout win over the 'Runners. Tiffany Miras scored both goals for the Hornets and the shutout was the team's fifth of the year.
Unbeaten Streak Grows
With another win this past Sunday, Sacramento State extended its unbeaten streak to eight straight matches. After dropping their season opener on the road, the Hornets have won (six) or tied (two) each of their last eight matches.
The streak is one shy of the program's longest, a nine-game unbeaten streak from Oct. 12 - Nov. 11 of the 2007 season. That year, the Hornets finished 12-4-5 and did not lose in conference play (4-0-3).
Player of the Week
Junior forward Tiffany Miras was named the Big Sky Conference's Offensive Player of the Week after scoring her first career brace in Sacramento State's 2-0 win at CSU Bakersfield. She took just three shots, but placed all three on goal.
The Player of the Week selection is the first of her career.
Sacramento State has received three Player of the Week awards through six weeks. Miras joined Kylee Kim-Bustillos (offensive) and Aaliyah Fesili (defensive). Miras (Sept. 24) and Kim-Bustillos (Sept. 17) won the award in back-to-back weeks.
Conference Play Commences
Big Sky play begins this week across the league as all 10 teams take on conference opponents. For the Hornets, conference play starts on the road with matches at Weber State and Idaho State.
Sacramento State closed out non-conference with the Big Sky's best record at 6-1-2. The team's six wins are double the second-most in the league. The Hornets were picked to finish 7th in the league in the preseason poll, receiving one first-place vote.
Kylee Kim-Bustillos enters conference play leading the Big Sky in both points (14) and goals (6). She is second in shots (27) and tied for fourth in assists (2).
During her freshman season, Kim-Bustillos set a program record for most points by a freshman with 26 (11 goals, four assists).
Great In Goal
Through the season's first nine matches, junior goalkeeper Aaliyah Fesili has been nothing short of spectacular for the Hornets. Fesili leads the Big Sky in multiple keeper categories, including shutouts (5), goals against average (0.74), and save percentage (.863). She is third in total saves (45).
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 five 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 is the only player - other than Fesili - to have played every minute of every match with 850. Goodwill has rested just 36 minutes this season, logging 804 while Wilson is at 792 minutes played.
Sacramento State enters conference play with an RPI of 70, the best in the Big Sky. The Hornets are the only team with an RPI under 100. Idaho is second in the league with an RPI of 122.
The Hornets have a goal margin of +0.89 (average 1.67 goals for, 0.78 goals against). They are the only team in the Big Sky with a positive margin. Northern Arizona is closest at -0.12 (1.25-1.38).
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