BIG SKY PLAY COMES TO HORNET FIELD AS WOMEN'S SOCCER HOSTS NORTHERN ARIZONA, SOUTHERN UTAH THIS WEEKEND

BIG SKY PLAY COMES TO HORNET FIELD AS WOMEN'S SOCCER HOSTS NORTHERN ARIZONA, SOUTHERN UTAH THIS WEEKEND

Women's Soccer Weekly Notes, 10/2 (PDF)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State returns home for their first home conference action of the season. The Hornets host NAU, who is second in the league to the Hornets in nearly every offensive category, on Friday, before welcoming Southern Utah on Sunday.

Sunday is also Alumni Day Celebration at Hornet Field. Sacramento State will host a pre-match Alumni game, tailgate, and postmatch lunch for alumni, current players, and families. More details are available online

Follow The Action

vs. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks
Hornet Field // Sacramento, Calif.
Friday, October 4 // 4:00 p.m. PT
Tickets: HornetSports.com/tickets
Live Stream: Pluto.TV (ch. 533)
Live Stats: HornetStats.com
Twitter: @SacStateWSoccer

vs. Southern Utah Thunderbirds
Hornet Field // Sacramento, Calif.
Sunday, October 6 // 1:00 p.m. PT
Tickets: HornetSports.com/tickets
Live Stream: Pluto.TV (ch. 533)
Live Stats: HornetStats.com
Twitter: @SacStateWSoccer

About Last Week

Sacramento State opened Big Sky Conference play on the road, taking on both Weber State and Idaho State in Utah and Idaho, respectively. The Hornets battled tough weather and travel conditions to a 0-0-2 week. 

On Friday, the Hornets scored early on a Julia Herrera goal in the 20th minute. Despite making the 1-0 advantage hold up for nearly 70 minutes, a late Weber State score forced the match to overtime. The two teams traded scoreless overtime periods, sending the match final, 1-1 (2OT). 

On Sunday, the Hornets found themselves playing from behind for just the third time this season after an early Idaho State goal. Ariana Nino found the equalizer in the 24th minute, but the Bengals scored again before Nino delivered another equalizer in the 57th minute. Like Friday, overtime was scoreless as the match went final, 2-2 (2OT).

New Program Record

With back-to-back draws this weekend, Sacramento State extended its unbeaten streak to a new program-record 10 straight matches. After dropping their season opening match on the road, the Hornets have won or tied in each of their last 10 matches, going 6-0-4 in that time. 

The streak is one longer than the previous record, 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). 

Nino Scores a Brace

For the third time this season, a Sacramento State Hornets player scored a brace. This time, is was junior Ariana Nino scoring two goals in Sunday's 2-2 overtime draw at Idaho State. Nino scored in the 24th and again in the 57th minute. Both goals came with the Hornets trailing by one at the time. 

For Nino, the brace is the first of her career. She now has four goals this season and eight four her career. 

Nino joined Kylee Kim-Bustillos (Sept. 8 vs. CBU) and Tiffany Miras (Sept. 22 at CSUB) as players with braces this season. 

Back At Home

Sacramento State returns home for the first time since Sept. 15. At Hornet Field this season, the Hornets are 4-0-1, average 2.2 goals per match, and allow just 0.8 goals per match. 

Points Leaders

Kylee Kim-Bustillos leads the Big Sky Conference with 14 points (6 goals, 2 assists) this season, three more than the second-place player. After Sunday's two-goal match, Ariana Nino now ranks fifth in the conference with 10 points (4 goals, 2 assists).

Double-Digit Points

Sacramento State has two players - Kylee Kim-Bustillos (14) and Ariana Nino (10) - with double-digit point totals so far this season. Last year, the Hornets had just one player reach the double-digit mark, current student assistant Caitlin Prothe (10).

Assist Leaders

Aubrey Goodwill is in a three-way tie atop the Big Sky's assists leaderboards with four assists this season. The four assists are a career-high for the junior. 

Leading Goalkeeper

Keeper Aaliyah Fesili is having a spectacular year for the Hornets, leading the Big Sky Conference in Goals-Against Average (0.84), Save Percentage (.859), and shutouts (5). She ranks second in total saves (61).

Positive Margins

The Hornets are one of just two teams in the Big Sky with a positive scoring margin. The Hornets lead the league at +0.73. Northern Arizona is second at +0.30.

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