PORTLAND, Ore. - Sacramento State won its second straight conference match, defeating Portland State, 2-1, on the road on Sunday. With the win, the Hornets' unbeaten streak is now 13.
After Sunday's action, the Hornets are 8-1-5 overall and 2-0-3 in Big Sky play. Portland State falls to 4-10-0 on the year and 3-2 in conference.
Sunday's road win extends Sacramento State's unbeaten streak to 13 matches without a loss. The 13-match unbeaten streak is tied for the second longest in Big Sky history, matching the 1998 Weber State Wildcats. The Hornets trail only the 2013-14 Portland State team that went 16 unbeaten.
Sacramento State scored the match's first goal, going ahead 1-0 in the 24th minute thanks to a goal by Ariana Nino. The goal is the fifth of the year for Nino, who now ranks tied for second in the Big Sky.
Aubrey Goodwill assisted on the score, her seventh of the year. With that assist, the junior defender moves into a four-way tie for most assists in a single season in program history. Goodwill is tied with Katie McCoy (twice, '06, '07) and Kim Kemper ('07).
The Hornets took a 1-0 lead into the half after outshooting Portland State, 5-4, through the first 45 minutes.
Sacramento State doubled their lead in the 62nd minute thanks to a goal from Big Sky goals and points leader Kylee Kim-Bustillos. Kim-Bustillos found the back of the net for the eighth time in 14 matches this season. Her points total is now 19 for the year.As it would turn out, the goal would prove to be the game-winner for the Hornets.
Alyssa Baena assisted on the score with a perfect through ball to the attacking Kim-Bustillos. The assist was the first of her career.
Portland State refused to go away, however, scoring a goal in the 70th minute. That was all the Vikings would get, however, as the Hornets defense kept them out of the goal for the final 20 minutes of the match to seal the win.
In total on Sunday, Portland State outshot the Hornets, 15-8, including 11-3 in the second half. The Vikings placed just six of those 15 shots on goal, however, and Sacramento State's Aaliyah Fesili made five saves in the match.
Up next for Sacramento State is a Friday afternoon match on the road at Montana. That is the second of three straight matches on the road for the Hornets, including today's match at Portland State, Friday at Montana, and next Sunday at Northern Colorado.
Kick off for Friday's contest at Montana is scheduled for 3 p.m. MT/2 p.m. PT. Details on that match and all upcoming matches can be found on the Sacramento State women's soccer schedule online at HornetSports.com.