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WOMEN’S SOCCER SHUTS OUT SOUTHERN UTAH, 3-0; UNBEATEN STREAK NOW 12

WOMEN’S SOCCER SHUTS OUT SOUTHERN UTAH, 3-0; UNBEATEN STREAK NOW 12

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State picked up its first conference win of the season in convincing fashion on Sunday, shutting out the visiting Southern Utah Thunderbirds, 3-0. With the win, the Hornets unbeaten streak is now 12.

After Sunday's action, the Hornets improve to 7-1-5 overall and 1-0-3 in Big Sky play. Southern Utah falls to 0-11 on the year (0-0-3 Big Sky).

Sunday's win extends Sacramento State's unbeaten streak to 12 matches without a loss. The 12-match unbeaten streak is tied for the third longest in Big Sky history, matching the 1997-98 Montana Grizz. The Hornets trail only Weber State (1998,13) and Portland State (2013-14, 16). 

Sacramento State dominated the ball on Sunday, outshooting the Thunderbirds 18-3 while outgaining them in possession, 61% to 39%. The Hornets also took 10 corner kicks while the T-birds took none.

Despite the lopsided totals, the match was scoreless at the half with Southern Utah fending off the Sacramento State attack. 

The second half was a different story, however, as the Hornets broke the match open with three second-half goals.

Big Sky points-leader Kylee Kim-Bustillos scored what would be the game-winner, connecting on a strike from the top right corner of the box in the 55th minute. The goal was the seventh of the year for Kim-Bustillos, who now has 17 total points this year.

Just a few minutes later, Camila Fonseca drilled one home from the middle of the box to double the Hornets lead in the 61st minute. Fonseca scored in Friday's draw against Northern Arizona and now has three goals on the season.

Later, it was Erika Sosa adding to the lead for Sacramento State with her first goal of the year in the 87th minute off an Aubrey Goodwill set piece.

Goodwill also assisted on Fonseca's goal, giving her two in the match and six on the season. She leads the Big Sky in assists.

Mia Wilson collected her first assist of the year, sending a fantastic through ball to Kim-Bustillos on the Hornets' first score of the afternoon.

In goal, Aaliyah Fesili made three saves in the match as she collected her league-leading sixth shutout of the year. Fesili now owns an 0.78 goals-against average and an .861 save percentage, both best in the Big Sky.

Sunday was also a special day as the Hornets celebrated their annual Alumni Day during and after the match. In addition, Sacramento State welcomed honorary captain Getty Storm, daughter of Hornets alum Kate Matheny, to Hornet Field. Getty joined the team captains at the prematch coin toss as well as at midfield for introductions and the national anthem. 

The Hornets will have the week off before they have a chance to continue their unbeaten streak next Sunday, Oct. 13 on the road at Portland State. That match is scheduled for a 1 p.m. PT kick off.

Details on that match and all upcoming matches can be found on the Sacramento State women's soccer schedule online at HornetSports.com.