WOMEN’S SOCCER SCORES SIX GOALS IN THRILLING WIN OVER IDAHO STATE

WOMEN’S SOCCER SCORES SIX GOALS IN THRILLING WIN OVER IDAHO STATE

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento State women's soccer (7-7-2, 123-2) put together a second period for the ages, scoring five times in the final 45 minutes en route to a 6-3 over Idaho State (3-11-0, 2-4-0). The match opened up after the Hornets rallied for three goals in less than three minutes to open the second half.

The match against the Bengals Friday night started somewhat slow as Sacramento took just four shots in the entire period.

"I thought we came out a little flat," said head coach Randy Dedini after the match. "This was a must-win for us and I think the girls put some pressure on themselves and we started a little slow."

Sacramento State did manage a goal in their slow first half on a beautiful cross and header off a corner kick. Senior defender Kylee Smith placed the corner on the far side at the top of the box where a leaping Chelsea Arnold headed the ball squarely into the top of the net. The goal, which made it a 1-1 match, was Arnold's first of the season.

While the Hornets and Idaho State went into the half tied at one after a total of just five shots, the second half was an entirely different story.

Sacramento opened the second period with a flurry of goals, scoring three times in under three minutes of play. The scoring go started in the 52nd minute as Kylee Kim-Bustillos dribbled into the side of the box and tapped a soft cross back to a changing Andrea Boehm. Without missing a step, Boehm drilled the ball into the back of the net for her third goal of the year.

Still in the 52nd minute, it was Kim-Bustillos again dribbling up the left side of the box. This time the team's leading scorer kept it and found the back of the next from 15 yards out. The goal was Kim-Bustillos seventh of the season.

Kim-Bustillos found herself involved yet again, this time assisting for Caitlin Prothe for the Hornets' fourth goal. After dribbling up the left side, Kim-Bustillos took the ball nearly to the net before tapping a soft cross back to Prothe who sent it home for her four goal of the season.

"I've never seen anything like that, especially at this level," said Kim-Bustillos. "It was crazy, but just shows that anything can happen."

Prothe echoed that sentiment: "It was really exciting," she said as teammates cheered behind her. "We really needed something like that, too, coming off of some tough road matches. It was really great for us to get those goals."

Sacramento State and Prothe weren't done yet, though. Prothe scored her second goal of the night and the team's fifth in the 80th minute while Ariana Nino added the sixth and final goal in the 88th minute.

In total, Kim-Bustillos had a goal and two assists, good for four points. With seven goals this season, Kim-Bustillos not only leads the Hornets, but is also tied for second in the Big Sky. Her 17 points on the season are good for second in the league, as well. 

Prothe had four points of her own, with two goals in the win. The four points for both players are the most in a single game for the Hornets this season. The last time a player had more was during the 2015 season when current Hornets senior Kayla Collins totaled five points (two goals, one assist).

As a team, Sacramento State's six goals are their most since scoring nine in a 9-0 win over Menlo College during the 2010 season.

The match didn't come without its costs, however. During the win, the Hornets lost both senior defender Chelsea Arnold injuries and freshman goalkeeper Aaliyah Fesili to knee injuries. Arnold was unable to leave the field under her own power while Fesili, who has been recovering from a knee injury, relied heavily on the training staff when leaving the field.

The win helps keep the Hornets postseason hopes alive. Following the victory, their 2-3-2 Big Sky record moves them into seventh in the conference.  They take the field again Sunday as the travel to Utah to take on Weber State. That match on Sunday starts at 11:30 am PT.