RENO, Nev. — Sacramento State opened the game with two scores from freshman Kylee Kim-Bustillos, but Nevada scored three unanswered goals, including the game winner from Rachel Gensch in the 102nd minute to beat the Hornets, 3-2, in double overtime.
The game was played at a neutral site, the Moana Springs Sports Complex, rather than Nevada's home facility Mackay Stadium.
The two teams combined for 33 shots, including 21 on goal as Nevada keeper Lauryn Horstdaniel made 10 saves, including one on Kim-Bustillos in the 98th minute. Kim-Bustillos was attempting to become the first Sacramento State player since 2014 to notch a hat trick. The Hornets' Kayla Collins was inches from delivering a win for the Hornets but her shot in the 99th minute hit the crossbar.
Sacramento State, which opened the season with a 2-1 victory on Friday at Saint Mary's, saw its record fall to 1-1. Nevada was also playing for the second time in three days and moved its record to 1-1.
Kim-Bustillos, a true freshman from Hawaii, put Sacramento State ahead, 2-0, after scoring a pair of goals in the first 25 minutes of the game. Her first was unassisted in the 10th minute, and the second came from an Amanda Mielke assist at the 24:42 mark. Kim-Bustillos now has three goals this season, and that doesn't count the goal she scored in the Hornets' exhibition game.
However, Nevada scored three unanswered goals, getting scores from Analyse Talavera (42:24), Mackenzie Robinson (71:19) and Gensch (101:37).
Sacramento State finished the game with 17 shots, including 12 on goal. Nevada had 16 shots, nine of which were put on frame. The two teams combined for 27 fouls (SAC 14, NEV 13) and a pair of yellow cards.
The Hornets used 18 players in the game, including a pair of goalkeepers. Starting keeper Molly McConnell played the opening 3:48 of the contest before suffering an injury, and was replaced by Kaylyn Evans who played the final 97:53. In addition, starting midfielder Mikayla Reed was injured in the first half and did not return.
The Hornets will now begin a season-long four-game homestead which includes matchups with Fresno State (Aug. 26), UNLV (Sept. 1), Texas (Sept. 3) and Cal (Sept. 8). Both the UNLV and Cal games will be part of doubleheaders with the Sacramento State men's squad.
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