CHENEY, Wash. — In a matchup that featured the Big Sky Conference's top three goal scorers, the Sacramento State women's soccer team took the Eastern Washington Eagles to double overtime, picking up a point with a 0-0 tie in their conference opener.
Sacramento State's Kylee Kim-Bustillos (5) and EWU's Chloe Williams and Alexis Stephenson (4) came into today's match the top three scorers in the Big Sky Conference, but none of them were able to convert as the defense stole the show on a chilly Friday afternoon in Cheney, Washington.
The Hornets defense was especially brilliant, shutting out the Eagles' powerhouse offense for 110 minutes. EWU entered this afternoon's contest ranked 36th in the nation shots per game, averaging 18.3, but managed just five in the first half. While they racked up eight more in the second half, the Hornets defense held strong. In goal, Aaliyah Fesili was a perfect 3-for-3 in save chances.
Kim-Bustillos had a few opportunities throughout regulation, including a 1-on-1 with Eagles goalkeeper Emily Bussleman, but was thwarted by an excellent recovery from the EWU defense. As a team, the Hornets took 13 shots, six of them on goal. Busselman made four saves for the Eagles while her team picked her up for the remaining two.
In the second overtime period, Sacramento State outshot the Eagles 5-1 but were unable to convert as time ran out, ending the match in a tie.
With the tie, both the Hornets and the Eagles pick up a point in their first conference match of the season.
The double-overtime match was the team's third this season (fourth overtime contest overall). In overtime games, the Hornets are 1-2-1.
Sacramento State came into this afternoon's match ranked 94 in NCAA's Women's Soccer Division I RPI. With today's draw, they are now 5-4-1 (0-0-1) on the season. Their record away from Hornets Field remains impressive at 3-1-1.
The team heads to Idaho next, where they will take on the Vandals on Sunday, September 24 at 1 p.m. The Vandals are the two-time defending Big Sky Conference regular season champs. The Hornets do not return home until Friday, September 29 when they will host North Dakota.