SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento State women's soccer team held a 1-0 lead with just over four minutes to play against 24th ranked California but saw the Golden Bears tie the contest late and win it in double overtime on Friday at Hornet Field.
The Hornets (3-3) jumped on top in the 35th minute when freshman Kylee Kim-Bustillos scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season off an assist from senior Chelsea Arnold. That score held for the rest of the first half which saw Cal (5-1) outshoot Sacramento State, 8-7.
"I've been very impressed by our freshman," Sacramento State head coach Randy Dedini. "They have been very mature and have adjusted to this level of play quickly. They continue to learn and are a very dangerous group."
Cal had a 6-1 shot advantage in the second period but could not find the net until Miranda Nild scored on a counter attack with 4:01 remaining to tie the game at 1-1.
In the first overtime, Sacramento State had the first scoring opportunity but the shot from Andrea Boehm was just wide four minutes into the period. The Golden Bears' only shot in the period came on a header off a corner kick but went over the top of the goal.
Cal had an early opportunity in the second overtime with a free kick from just outside the 18 which sailed just high. Two minutes later the ball was cleared out of the back to midfield where Maggie Bell saved it against the sideline and Kim was able to get past the Hornet defense. Her shot deflected off the cross bar and into the goal for her fourth of the season.
"We made the young mistake to go to goal late in the game instead of possessing," Dedini said. "It's a learning experience for us and another building block to play a team of this caliber. We're not only playing with them but we've had chances to beat them. We feel pretty good about ourselves even though the loss hurts and we'll have to chew on that for a while. What I'm seeing right now is a group that can play against top level competition."
The game completed a brutal four-game stretch for the Hornets which saw the team host Fresno State, UNLV, Texas and Cal. Sacramento State went 2-2 during the period with all games decided by one goal. The Hornets are now 1-3-1 all-time against ranked opponents and were looking for their first victory over a team in the top 25 since defeating Cal, 1-0, on Oct. 2, 2009.
The team will next play at UC Davis on Monday, Sept. 11, at 4 p.m.