SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State had a large shot advantage (20-6) and freshman Kylee Kim-Bustillos connected for the game's lone goal in the 49th minute as the Hornets defeated Pacific, 1-0, in a women's soccer home exhibition game at Hornet Field.
Today marked the lone exhibition game for Sacramento State as the Hornets begin the regular season next week on the road at Saint Mary's on Aug. 18 and Nevada on Aug. 20.
Kim-Bustillos, a true freshman from Mililani, Hawaii, took a cross from Kayla Collins and scored from the top of the box early in the second half to provide Sacramento State with a lead it would not relinquish. The Hornets controlled possession throughout the contest, which included a 15-4 shot advantage in the second half.
Sacramento State, which finished in second place in the Big Sky Conference a year ago, used 15 players in today's game, including five freshmen and three sophomores. The team lost seven starters from a year ago, including 11 graduating seniors. The roster now features eight seniors, one junior, four sophomores and 10 freshmen.
Defensively, the Hornets were solid throughout as Pacific had just a couple legitimate chances to score, including Samia Adam's header hitting the crossbar in the 53rd minute. Sacramento State limited Pacific to just two shots on goal the entire way.
"I was very happy with our midfield," Sacramento State 11th-year head coach Randy Dedini said. "Sometimes it's hard to get midfield chemistry, especially in the first game, but I thought they worked very well together both offensively and defensively.
"We also got very good minutes from our freshmen class, and that was exciting to see. The team still has a lot of work to do, but today was a nice start. We could do a better job in the attacking third, scoring just one goal in 20 shots. Scoring one goal won't put teams away, I would rather cruise to a victory than battle for 90 minutes."
Five Hornets played all 90 minutes, including senior goalkeeper Molly McConnell, senior defender Amanda Mielke, senior defender Chelsea Arnold, sophomore midfielder Mikayla Reed and freshman defender Christina Lazar.
After next week's road games, Sacramento State begins a season-long four-game homestand that includes matchups with Fresno State (Aug. 26), UNLV (Sept. 1), Texas (Sept. 3) and Cal (Sept. 8).
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