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WOMEN'S SOCCER RECEIVES SEVEN ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS, INCLUDING THREE INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

WOMEN'S SOCCER RECEIVES SEVEN ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS, INCLUDING THREE INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Big Sky All-Conference Release 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Seven Sacramento State women's soccer players received all-Big Sky Conference recognitions this year, highlighted by individual awards for Kylee Kim-Bustillos, Mikayla Reed, and Aaliyah Fesili

Kim-Bustillos earned the league's Offensive MVP award while Reed was selected as co-Defensive MVP. Fesili was named the Big Sky's Goalkeeper of the Year. All three were named to the league's first team.

Ariana Nino was also a Big Sky first team selection, joining Kim-Bustillos, Reed, and Fesili on the league's top team. The four first-team selections are the second-most in program history. Sacramento State had five players named to the first team in 2007.

Julia Herrera was named to the second team for the Hornets while both Samantha Craig and Aubrey Goodwill received honorable mention selections.

The seven all-conference selections are tied for most by a single team in the Big Sky this season - both regular season champion Montana and Northern Colorado also received seven selections.  

The 2019 women's soccer season continues next week as the Hornets travel to Greeley, Colorado for the Big Sky Soccer Championships. The tournament begins Wednesday, Nov. 6, but the Hornets, who finished second in the regular season, clinched a first-round bye and will not play until Friday, Nov. 6 at 11 am PT. They will face the winner of Wednesday's Eastern Washington/Portland State match. 

Full details on the 2019 championship are available online

 

SACRAMENTO STATE ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS

Kylee Kim-Bustillos - Big Sky Offensive MVP

Junior forward Kylee Kim-Bustillos was named the 2019 Big Sky Offensive MVP after leading the league in total points and goals scored. Entering the 2019 Big Sky Championships next week, Kim-Bustillos has 21 total points with nine goals scored, four of which were game-winners. She has also added three assists this season.

Kim-Bustillos was selected as the Big Sky's Offensive Player of the Week once this season, on Sept. 17. The junior ranks fourth among Sacramento State's all-time goal scorers with 21 career goals. Her 53 career points are also fourth most in program history. Her 11 goals scored in 2017 are a freshman record.

The first team selection is the second career nod for Kim-Bustillos. She was also named to the league's first team in 2017 after earning the 2017 Newcomer of the Year award. She is also a two-time Big Sky all-academic.

Mikayla Reed - Big Sky co-Defensive MVP

Senior defender Mikayla Reed was selected as a 2019 Big Sky co-Defensive MVP for the Hornets and is now a four-time all-conference selection, Sacramento State's first since 2007. Reed has played every minute of every match this season, a league-leading 1,759, while anchoring the back line for Sacramento State. She is one of five Hornets to start all 18 matches this season.

Reed has captained a defense that leads the Big Sky in goals allowed (12), goals against average (0.61), and shutouts (10). A senior and team captain, Reed transitioned to the back line in the middle of her junior season after two and a half excellent seasons at midfield.

For her career, Reed is second in program history with 6,664 total minutes and fourth with 72 starts. She was the 2016 co-Newcomer of the Year and honorable mention, as well as a 2017 and 2018 second team selection. She is also a three-time Big Sky all-academic.

Aaliyah Fesili - Big Sky Goalkeeper of the Year

Junior goalkeeper Aaliyah Fesili earned the Big Sky's Goalkeeper of the Year award after putting together a historic season in goal at both the conference and program level. She is the first Hornet to win the award, which was introduced by the Big Sky in 2011.

Fesili owns a .888 save percentage and a 0.61 goals against average, both best in the Big Sky. She has recoded 10 clean sheets this year, again, most in the league. All of those numbers are Sacramento State single season records. Fesili has made 95 saves this year, second most in the league.

During the season, Fesili earned a league-most three Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week awards (Sept. 3, back-to-back on Oct. 22 and 29).

The all-conference selection is the first of her career.

Ariana Nino - First Team All-Conference

Junior midfielder Ariana Niño was named to the Big Sky's first team after totaling a career-high 11 points for the Hornets this season. Niño scored five goals - three of them in conference play - and added an assist in 18 matches this year. Two of her goals were game-winners, both at home, versus Pacific and San Jose State.

Nino was one of five Hornets to start all 18 matches this season for Sacramento State, and totaled 1,657 minutes, fourth most on the team.

A two-time Big Sky all-academic, the all-conference selection is the first of her career.

Julia Herrera - Second Team All-Conference

Junior midfielder Julia Herrera was selected to the Big Sky's second team. Herrera missed time early in the season, but still started 15 matches for the Hornets while appearing in 17. She started all nine of the team's conference matches and totaled three points. She scored the team's first conference goal of the season at Weber State and assisted on the game winner in double overtime against Idaho. 

Herrera totaled 1,377 minutes this year, playing 90 or more nine times.

A two-time Big Sky all-academic, the all-conference selection is the first of her career.

Samantha Craig - Big Sky Honorable Mention

Junior midfielder Samantha Craig was a Big Sky honorable mention selection in her debut season for the Hornets. Craig started and played 17 matches for Sacramento State and totaled five points in her first year with the program. Craig scored two goals this year, including a golden goal against Idaho with 40 seconds remaining in double overtime. She also added an assist.

Craig was one of the team's leaders in the midfield, playing 80 or more minutes in nine of 17 total matches and in seven of her eight conference matches.

The all-conference selection is the first of her career.

Aubrey Goodwill - Big Sky Honorable Mention

Junior defender Aubrey Goodwill was named a Big Sky honorable mention after a spectacular season on the back line for the Hornets. Goodwill was a key part of league's best defense, starting all 18 of the team's matches and totaling 1,686 minutes. 

Goodwill served as the team's primary set piece taker this year and excelled in the role, piling up a league-high seven assists. Her seven assists are also tied for most in a single season in program history. She also scored two goals, both game-winners, first vs. Nevada and most recently against Eastern Washington to clinch the Hornets' No. 2 seed.

The all-conference selection is the first of her career.