UNBEATEN STREAK NOW 11 AS WOMEN’S SOCCER BATTLES TO 1-1 DRAW IN HOME CONFERENCE OPENER

UNBEATEN STREAK NOW 11 AS WOMEN’S SOCCER BATTLES TO 1-1 DRAW IN HOME CONFERENCE OPENER

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - After starting the Big Sky portion of the schedule on the road, Sacramento State returned to Hornet Field on Friday to host Northern Arizona in its conference home opener. The Hornets extended their program-best unbeaten streak to 11 games, battling NAU for 110 minutes to a 1-1 draw.

With the draw, Sacramento State moves to 6-1-5 overall this season, including 0-0-3 in Big Sky play. Northern Arizona is now 5-4-2 overall and 1-0-1 in conference play.

The draw is the Hornets' third straight and fifth this season. Sacramento State last had five draws in a season in 2009, a year the Hornets finished 8-5-5. The three consecutive draws is a first in the program's 25-year history.

The Hornets have now won or tied in each of their last 11 matches, stretching back to August 25th's home win over Cal Poly. Sacramento State is 6-0-5 during the 11-match stretch, including 4-0-2 at home. 

The 11-match unbeaten streak is the longest in the program history, eclipsing the previous record of nine straight unbeaten. Sacramento State went 6-0-3 from Oct. 12 through Nov. 11 of 2007. That season, the Hornets advanced to the NCAA Tournament after winning the Big Sky Conference with a 12-4-5 overall record. That team was unbeaten in league play, going 4-0-3.

Camila Fonseca scored an incredible goal for the Hornets in Friday night's draw. After receiving a cross from Kylee Kim-Bustillos, Fonseca put two excellent touches on the ball to shake her defenders, before striking one past the keeper from a few yards out. 

The goal came just seconds into the second half and was the second of the year for Fonseca. For Kim-Bustillos, the assist gives her three on the year and increases her Big Sky-leading points total to 15 (six goals, three assists).

The lead was short-lived, however, as NAU found the equalizer after three corner kicks back-to-back-to-back in the 65th minute.

The two teams continued to find opportunities, but were unable to convert for the rest of the half or in two overtime periods.

In total, Sacramento State piled up just seven shots, though three came in the second overtime. Northern Arizona took nine shots.

The Hornets will have a chance to turn their ties into a win when they return to Hornet Field on Sunday, Oct. 6 to host the Southern Utah Thunderbirds. Kickoff for Sunday's Big Sky matchup is set for 1 p.m. PT.

Details on Sunday's match, including links live video streams, notes, and more, can be found on the Sacramento State women's soccer schedule online at HornetSports.com.