SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's soccer team heads north to face the Montana Grizzlies and Portland State Vikings as Big Sky conference play continues. The Hornets are coming off a 1-1 weekend in Sacramento.
Scouting Montana (6-5-2, 1-1-1 Big Sky)
Sacramento State will first head to Montana where it will challenge the Grizzlies. The last time the two teams faced each other, they played to a 1-1 draw through double overtime at Hornet Field in Sacramento. The last time the team played in Montana, it fell 1-0 to the Grizzlies. All-time, Sacramento State is 7-12-5 against Montana, including just 2-6-2 on the Grizzlies' home pitch.
Montana enter Friday's match with a 6-5-2 overall record and a 1-1-1 showing in conference play. Its conference win came at home against Southern Utah. They fell 1-0 on the road to Idaho State and played to a 1-1 draw on the road against Weber State.
Montana ranks just behind Sacramento State in terms of goals this year, having scored 13 to the Hornets' 15. The Griz rank near the bottom in terms of offense in the Big Sky conference: seventh in goals, shots, and assists.
On defense, however, Montana has been excellent. The Grizzlies have allowed the fewest goals in the conference while also ranking ninth in number of total saves, suggesting a stout back line that limits offensive opportunities for their opponents. UM goalkeeper Claire Howard is tied for third in the conference with three shutouts this year.
Quick Facts vs. Montana
- Friday, Oct. at 2:00 pm
- South Campus Stadium – Missoula, Mont.
- Watch: Watch Big Sky
- Live Stats: Grizz Stats
Scouting Portland State (5-6-0, 2-1-0 Big Sky)
Sacramento returns to Portland State for the first time since the 2015 season, where the Hornets came away with a 2-1 overtime victory. Last season, the two teams faced off in Sacramento with the Hornets coming out on top 2-1 in regulation. Prior to those two victories, Sacramento State had dropped four straight against the Vikings, although the Hornets lead the all-time series 12-8-3. In Portland, Sacramento State is 4-5-2.
Portland State enters play this weekend 2-1-0 in conference, its first six-point start to conference play since 2013. The Vikings are scheduled to host Northern Arizona on Friday before the Hornets come into town on Sunday. PSU's conference wins are against Southern Utah and Idaho State, two teams the Hornets have yet to face.
The Vikings offense ranks toward the top of most categories, including goals per game (2nd, 1.64), points (3rd, 49), and assists (3rd, 13). They are led by a familiar face to Sacramento State fans, as former associate coach Katie Burton is now at the helm for the Vikings. Burton spent two seasons with Sacramento and also played for the Hornets from 2003-07.
On the field, the Vikings are led by Katie Forsee. Entering play Friday, Forsee is tied for the conference lead in points (14), goals (6), and game-winning goals (3). She also leads the conference in points per game (1.27) and goals per game (0.55). She was recognized earlier this year as the Big Sky's Offensive Player of the Week for the second week of the season.
Quick Facts vs. Portland State
- Sunday, Oct. 8 at 1:00 pm
- Hillsboro Stadium – Portland, Ore.
- Watch: Pluto TV
- Live Stats: Vikings Stats
Conference Catch Up
Through four conference games, the Hornets are 1-1-2. Both of their draws came on the road with back-to-back scoreless matches at Eastern Washington and Idaho. They picked up their first win with a 3-0 shutout over then-first place North Dakota. Their loss came this past Sunday, a 1-0 match at home against Northern Colorado. Entering Friday's match, Sacramento State is seventh in the Big Sky with five points.
This last homestand featured an exciting 3-0 shutout over the North Dakota Fighting Hawks. The shutout was the third straight for the Hornets defense and goalkeeper Aaliyah Fesili. In the match, three different Hornets players scored: Andrea Boehm (2), Kylee Kim-Bustillos (6), and Skylar Littlefield (1).
Freshman forward Kylee Kim-Bustillos enters play this weekend with six goals, tied for first in the conference with Portland State's Katie Forsee. Also tied with six goals are EWU's Chloe Williams and UND's Katie Moller. She is tied for third with 13 points while her 32 shots are 10th.
Sacramento State brings a strong defense into this weekend's matches. Through four games, the Hornets defense ranks second in the Big Sky with a 0.80 goals-against average. Their defensive leader, freshman Aaliyah Fesili, leads the conference with a 0.60 GAA and 0.45 shutouts per game – she has five shutouts this season, including three in her last four games. Those three shutouts are tied with Eastern Washington for most in conference play.
Not showing up in the stats or box scores are the efforts of senior defenders Kylee Smith and Chelsea Arnold. The veteran duo have been a powerful force on the Hornets back line all season while playing nearly every minute of every game so far this season.
Andrea Boehm made her second game-winning goal last Sunday against North Dakota. With two game-winners, Boehm is tied for second most in the Big Sky Conference.
Second Half Strong
Sacramento State is outscoring opponents 15-11 through 13 games overall. In the second half, the Hornets are outscoring opponents 8-3. They are outshooting their opponents 179-148 overall and 77-68 in the second half.
Forward Kylee Kim-Bustillos has scored six goals this season, tying her for second-most ever scored by a Sacramento State freshman. The most goals scored in a single season by a freshman are nine, achieved by the program's all-time leading goal-scorer Paula Guarda in 1994. At her current pace, Kim-Bustillos is on pace for nine total goals this season.
Most Big Sky Wins
Sacramento State opens conference play having won a program-best six Big Sky matches in 2016. The Hornets had previously won a program-best five Big Sky regular season matches in 2015. Prior to 2015, the team had never won more than four Big Sky games in a year, though before the league expanded there were as few as only six Big Sky games played per year compared to the 10 that are played now.
11 Years of Dedini
Sacramento State head coach Randy Dedini enters his 11th season leading the Hornets. He is the longest tenured and winningest coach in program history in terms of both total wins and winning percentage. He has won two Big Sky titles - the only two in program history - in his 10 seasons with Sacramento State.
Coach of the Year
Sacramento State head coach Randy Dedini was named Big Sky Coach of the Year following the Hornets' 6-2-2 conference finish last season. The award was Dedini's third in 10 years at the helm in Sacramento - Dedini was also named Big Sky Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2010.