GREELEY, Colo. – On a cold and windy Sunday afternoon in Colorado, the Sacramento State Hornets endured the elements and their opponent, defeating the Northern Colorado Bears, 1-0. With the win, the Hornets have clinched a spot in the Big Sky Tournament.
Sacramento State improved to 9-1-6 overall and 3-0-4 in the Big Sky with Sunday's win. Northern Colorado falls to 6-10-3 overall and 4-2-2 in conference.
With the win, the Hornets have locked up a spot in the 2019 Big Sky Tournament. Fittingly, the tournament will be hosted at Jackson Stadium in Greeley, Colo., right where the Hornets clinched on Sunday. The tournament appearance is Sacramento State's 11th since 1994 and its fourth in the last five years.
WELCOME BACK HORNETS! @SacStateWSoccer is the fourth team to clinch a #BigSkySoccer Championship bid!— Big Sky Soccer (@BigSky_Soccer) October 20, 2019
The Hornets will make their 11th postseason appearance.
TICKETS: https://t.co/W4uOfuoTC0 pic.twitter.com/DUd4D00Cmr
In addition to facing Northern Colorado on Sunday, Sacramento State also took on temperatures in the 40s, winds up to 30 mph, and a 30-minute sprinkler delay.
Coming back from halftime, the sprinklers on the Sacramento State half of the field turned on just before play began. Both teams returned to the locker rooms as the sprinklers continued to run for nearly 30 minutes, turning a cold and windy day into a cold, windy, and wet day.
Despite the extra disadvantages, Sacramento State endured and, on the back of Kylee Kim-Bustillos's Big Sky-leading ninth goal of the year, outlasted the Bears, 1-0.
Kim-Bustillos gave the Hornets the advantage in the 29th minute after a great cross into the box from Erika Sosa. Kim-Bustillos took advantage of a Bears defensive misstep and got just enough of the ball to redirect it past the crashing Northern Colorado keeper.
Kylee Kim-Bustillos with just enough to tip this one into the back of the net! #StingersUp #LiveGreen ✅��⚽— Sacramento State Women's Soccer (@SacStateWSoccer) October 20, 2019
Hornets lead the Bears, 1-0, as we near the half.
⚽ Kim-Bustillos, 29' (9) pic.twitter.com/0lal1EGZnO
The 1-0 shutout was Sacramento State's eighth shutout win of the year. Goalkeeper Aaliyah Fesili, who is responsible for all eight shutouts, made three saves on Sunday. She lowered her goals against average to a Big Sky-best 0.69 while her save percentage climbed to .875, also best in the league.
Sunday's win also extended Sacramento State's unbeaten streak to 15 straight matches, the longest in program history and second longest in Big Sky conference history. The Hornets trail only the 2013-14 Portland State team, which went 16 straight without a loss.
The Hornets' 15-match streak is tied for the longest active unbeaten streak in the nation, even with #1 Virginia (12-0-3) and George Washington (12-1-3).
Sacramento State closes out what was it final and toughest road trip of the year with four points, going 1-0-1 at Montana and Northern Colorado. Up next are back-to-back home matches to close out the regular season.
Up first is a Friday afternoon match against the Idaho Vandals at Hornet Field at 3 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.