POSTSEASON SPOT ON THE LINE IN WOMEN’S SOCCER REGULAR SEASON FINALE

POSTSEASON SPOT ON THE LINE IN WOMEN’S SOCCER REGULAR SEASON FINALE

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's soccer team controls their own fate as they head into the Big Sky's final weekend of regular season play. Tied with three other teams - including their upcoming opponent Northern Arizona - for two postseason spots, the Hornets can secure their tournament berth with a win Friday over the Lumberjacks.

See the full Big Sky Conference standings here

Scouting Northern Arizona (9-9-0, 4-5-0 Big Sky)

Sacramento State welcomes the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks to Hornet Field for the last regular season match of the year. The last time these two teams faced each other was in the first round of last season's Big Sky Conference Tournament, a match that the Hornets dropped 3-2 at home. Prior to the tournament loss, Sacramento State was 1-0-1 in their last two matches against the Lumberjacks. All-time, Sacramento State is 8-12-3 against Northern Arizona, but they are an excellent 7-2-1 at home.

Northern Arizona enters play Friday having lost four of their last five. The only win over that stretch came against Idaho State, a team Sacramento State beat 6-3 at Hornet Field. Their latest loss was a 1-0 shutout against Southern Utah, the same team the Hornets just defeated in dominant fashion, 4-0. 

The Lumberjacks are led by senior forward Adrian Nixt. The Portland native has 17 points on the season, scoring six goals and recording five assists. Both of those numbers lead the Northern Arizona squad. She also ranks top 10 in most offensive categories in the Big Sky, including T-2nd for assists.

Quick Facts vs. Northern Arizona

Postseason Picture

The Sacramento State women's soccer team enters play Friday in a four-way tie for fifth place in the Big Sky women's soccer conference. Their Friday opponent, Northern Arizona, is one of those four teams and a win on Friday will secure a spot in the postseason for the Hornets.

Sacramento State can also make the conference tournament with a loss, but they will need some help. If Sacramento State loses on Friday, they will need a North Dakota loss and an Idaho loss or tie in order to clinch a postseason spot.

About Last Match

The Hornets enjoyed a dominant home win in their last match, defeating the Southern Utah Thunderbirds 4-0 at Hornet Field. The win eliminated Southern Utah from playoff contention while keeping the Hornets chances alive.

Tiebreakers

With so many teams tied, it is possible that postseason spots and seeding may come down to a tiebreaker. According to the Big Sky conference rules, here is how tiebreakers play out:

  1. Head-to-head competition among tied teams
  2. Points against all teams in descending order
  3. Goal differential between/among tied teams, maximum of three
  4. Goal differential against all teams, maximum of three
  5. Goals allowed between/among tied teams
  6. Goals allowed – rest of Conference
  7. Goals for tied teams against tied teams
  8. Goals for tied teams against the rest of the Conference
  9. Coin toss

Gimme Five

Freshman forward Kylee Kim-Bustillos recorded her first career five-point performance Sunday against Southern Utah, scoring two goals and recording an assist in the victory. The five points were the most scored in a single match since senior Kayla Collins tallied five (two goals, one assist) in 2015.

Home Cooking

Sacramento State will end the regular season at home where they are 5-3-0 this season. Over the last three seasons, Sacramento is 13-10-3 at Hornet Field.

With a win Friday, Sacramento State would have six home wins in a single season, their most since winning eight at home during the 2007 season.

Freshman Leader

With two goals in the team's last match, Kylee Kim-Bustillos now has more goals (10) in a single season than any other freshman in program history. She passed the previous leader, Paula Guarda, who scored nine goals as a freshman in 1994.

Single Season Goals (Freshman)
1. Kylee Kim-Bustillos (2017) - 10
2. Paula Guarda (1994) - 9
3. Lisamarie La Vallee (2003) - 6
4. Jodie Vlasak (1995) - 5
5. Four tied with 4

Record Season

Kylee Kim-Bustillos enters the season's final weekend with 10 goals, tied for the most in the Big Sky conference (Katie Moller, UND; Chloe Williams, EWU) though she has played fewer games than both of them.

Her 24 points lead the Big Sky conference, one ahead of Moller (23).

Kim-Bustillos is fifth in the nation among freshman with 10 goals scored.

NCAA Div. I Freshman Goals (2017)
1. Peyton DePriest, Middle Tenn. - 13
    Khadija Shaw, Tennessee - 13
3. Channing Foster, Ole Miss - 12
    Catarina Macario, Stanford - 12
5. Kylee Kim-Bustillos, Sacramento State - 10

Shut Them Out

The Hornets have three shutout wins on the season, two at home and one on the road. Last season, Sacramento State totaled four shutout wins. The all-time record for shutouts in a single season is 10, set in 2007.

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.