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Women's Soccer Weekly Notes, 8/29

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's soccer team is back on the road this week as they travel to Stockton to take on Pacific in their only match of the week. The Hornets and Tigers will square off on Friday night as Sacramento State looks to bounce back from a tough loss at home to UC Davis. 

How To Watch

Sacramento State's Friday night match at Pacific will stream live online at WatchStadium.com. Live stats will also be available online. For in-game updates, be sure to follow Sacramento State women's soccer on Twitter at @SacStWSoccer.

Friday at Pacific, 5:00 pm
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About Last Week

The Hornets continued their season-opening road trip with a match last Friday at Fresno State. The Hornets battled the Bulldogs to a 2-2 draw with goals by both Caitlin Prothe and Skylar Littlefield

On Sunday, the Hornets returned to Sacramento for their home opener against causeway rival UC Davis. A late header by the Aggies handed the Hornets their third 2-1 loss of the season. Erika Sosa scored her first career goal for Sacramento State. 

Every Match Is Close

The Hornets dropped their third match of the year Sunday to UC Davis by a score of 2-1. 11 of Sacramento State's previous 12 losses have been by one goal, with the lone outlier a two-goal difference. The Hornets have not lost a match by more than two goals since October of 2016. 

A One-Match Week

This week is Sacramento State's first of two one-match weeks for the season. The Hornets also have just one match during the week of Oct. 8 later in the year.

Taking on the Tigers

Friday's match is the only one against the Pacific Tigers this season for the Hornets. The two teams did not play each other in the regular season last year, though the Hornets did win a preseason exhibition game against the Tigers, 1-0. 

The last time the Hornets and Tigers faced off in a regular season match up was in Sacramento in 2016, a match that ended in a 1-1 draw. 

The last time the two teams played each other in Stockton, the Tiger defeated the Hornets 1-0. The last four matches between Sacramento State and Pacific have all been decided by one or fewer goal. 

At A Standstill

The Hornets' 2-2 draw at Fresno State last Friday was their first draw of the regular season. They also played to a 1-1 draw against Cal in the preseason. Last year, the Hornets had four ties, tied for second most in a season in program history. All four of their draws, however, came in conference play, which was a new program record, passing the previous record of three conference draws (2007).

Sosa Strikes

Freshman forward Erika Sosa found the back of the net in Sunday's loss to UC Davis, giving her her first career goal. The score came on an excellently executed fast break that saw two assists on the play after a quick pass from Bonnie Ford, a perfect touch from Kylee Kim-Bustillos, and the goal by Sosa.

Happy to Help

Kylee Kim-Bustillos picked up her second and third assists of the young season over the weekend. The first came on a header score by Caitlin Prothe at Fresno State and the second came on a score by Erika Sosa at home against UC Davis. Kim-Bustillos led the team with four assists last season and is already just one assist shy of matching that number with still 14 matches to play in the regular season. 

Making them Count

The Hornets have been extremely efficient in their shots so far this season. Sacramento State has taken  32 shots in total through four games (eight shots per game) and has placed exactly half of those shots on goal (16). Of those 16 shots on goal, five have turned into goals. Overall, the Hornets own a .156 shot percentage and a .500 SOG percentage. 

Keepers Stretched Thin

Sacramento State found themselves with just one goalkeeper readily available on Sunday in their home opener. Freshman Ailey Collins was pressed into starting action for the second time this season as both Kaylyn Evans and Aaliyah Fesili were sidelined. Collins, a true freshman, already has 14 saves this year.

Mounting Minutes

Six Hornets have already broken the 340 minute mark through four games this season, averaging 85 minutes per match. Defender Mia Wilson and midfielder Mikayla Reed have played every minute of every match, leading the team with 398 minutes totaled each. Defender Christina Lazar and midfielder Julia Herrera are not far behind, having totaled 390 and 389 minutes, respectively. 

On the Road

Friday night's game at Pacific is the Hornets' fourth road match of the season. In total, Sacramento State will play nine matches on the road this season. So far, the team is 0-2-1 away from Hornet Field, including 0-1 on a neutral pitch. Last year, Sacramento State went 3-3-3 on the road and 0-2 on neutral sites. 

Postseason Presence

With last season's trip to the Big Sky Tournament, Sacramento State made it three straight years with a postseason appearance. That streak matches the program record for most consecutive seasons in the postseason (last, 2005-07). Since its start in 1994, the Sacramento State women's soccer team has never advanced to four straight postseason tournaments. With a strong 2018 season, the Hornets could break that record this season.

Senior Leadership

The Hornets have a young squad for the 2018 season, composed of 17 total underclassmen and just eight upperclassmen. The three seniors on the team, however, led by captain Caitlin Prothe, bring six years of experience with the program.  

Returning All-Conference

Sacramento State returns three players to the 2018 roster who were named all-conference last season. Caitlin Prothe and Kylee Kim-Bustillos were both honored as first team all-conference while Mikayla Reed was named to the second team.

Big Sky Preseason Poll

The Sacramento State women's soccer team was picked fifth in the 2018 preseason Big Sky Coaches' Poll.  The Hornets received 50 points in the poll, finishing just one point behind fourth-place Northern Arizona (51). They are seven points ahead of the sixth-place program, Portland State (43).

Defending regular season Big Sky champion Eastern Washington was picked to repeat by the conference's coaches, garnering 78 points and eight first place votes. Northern Colorado just edged Montana for the number two spot, totaling 69 points and one first place vote. Montana, who also received one first place vote, collected 66 points.

Exhibition Recap

Sacramento State played two preseason exhibition matches this year, one on the road and one at home, to help prepare for the regular season. The Hornets played to a scoreless draw over three 30-minute periods on the road against San Jose State before tying with Cal, 1-1, at home.