SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The No. 6 seed Sacramento State women's soccer team will kick off the Big Sky Conference Tournament Wednesday morning at 10 am as they take on the No. 3 seed University of Northern Colorado at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash.

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Scouting No. 3 Seed Northern Colorado (11-6-2, 5-3-2 Big Sky)

Sacramento State goes up against UNC for the second time this season in the first match of the Big Sky Conference tournament. UNC clinched the No. 3 seed on the final day of the season after playing to a draw against North Dakota.  

In the first meeting between the two teams, UNC got the better of Sacramento, pulling off a 1-0 win at Hornet Field. The Bears scored early, going up 1-0 in the 14th minute. Despite outshooting Northern Colorado 14-4 in the match, the Hornets were unable to respond.

Northern Colorado enters play Wednesday 2-0-2 over their last four matches. The four-game unbeaten streak is their longest of the season and includes a win over Portland State, a team that beat the Hornets 2-1 in Portland.

The Bears are led by junior midfielder Mariel Gutierrez. The Gypsum, Colo. native has 22 points this year, having scored eight goals and tallied six assists. Her eight goals lead the team while her six assists are tied for the team lead.

Quick Facts vs. Northern Colorado

Postseason Pedigree 

The Hornets are 5-2 in postseason play under current head coach Randy Dedini. Both losses have come in the last three seasons, as the team is 1-2. Prior to 2015, the Hornets had never lost a Big Sky tournament game under coach Dedini.

Three In A Row

Sacramento State is playing in their third straight Big Sky conference tournament (2015-17). This is just the second time in program history that the team has made it to three straight tournaments. The last three-season stretch was 2005-07 seasons.

All-Conference Awards

The Hornets had six players named to Big Sky conference teams for their 2017 performance.

First Team All-Conference
Kylee Kim-Bustillos
Caitlin Prothe
Chelsea Arnold

Second Team All-Conference
Mikayla Reed
Kylee Smith

Honorable Mention All-Conference
Kayla Collins

Newcomer of the Year

Kylee Kim-Bustillos exploded onto the scene in her first year with Sacramento State to earn Newcomer of the Year. The freshman phenom led the Big Sky in points during the entire season totaling 26 courtesy of 11 goals and four assists. The forward notched 15 of her 26 points in Big Sky action and helped Sacramento State clinch a spot in the Big Sky Champi­onship. Kim-Bustillos strong play helped Sacramento State score 16 goals in conference play, which was the second-most goals scored in the league.