SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's soccer team returns home after their conference-opening road trip through the Northwest. They'll head back to Sacramento to host the Idaho State Bengals on Friday, Sep. 28 before welcoming in the Weber State Wildcats on Sunday, Sep. 30.
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About Last Week
Sacramento State went 1-1 last weekend as they opened Big Sky conference play on the road. The Hornets defeated the defending Big Sky champion Eastern Washington Eagles, 1-0 on the road in Cheney. Skylar Littlefield delivered the game-winner in the 89th minute to seal the victory.
The Hornets followed that with a 2-0 loss on the road in Moscow against the Idaho Vandals. Sacramento State managed just three total shots in the match, including two on goal, as they were shutout for just the second time this season.
Against Idaho State
Sacramento State has faced the Idaho State Bengals 21 times since 1998. The Bengals lead the all-time series 12-6-3. 11 of those matches have been at home, where the Hornets are 4-6-1.
The Hornets are 3-2 over the teams' last five matches, including three straight wins. During that three-game streak, Sacramento State has outscored the Bengals 11-6. Six of those 11 goals came last year when the Hornets outfired the Bengals, winning 6-3 at Hornet Field.
Scouting the Bengals
- Idaho State enters Friday's match with a 2-7-0 overall record, including a 1-1 mark in Big Sky competition.
- The Bengals are one of three teams, including Sacramento State, with three points in conference after a split in the league's first weekend.
- They split two home games against NAU (L, 3-2) and SUU (W, 1-0).
- Idaho State is winless on the road this season, playing to an 0-4 record with losses at UTEP, New Mexico, BYU, and Boise State.
- The Bengals are led by Makena Bambei, who has two goals and an assist for a team-high five points this season.
- As a squad, Idaho State is averaging 1.11 goals per game (10 goals, nine games), tied for third most in the league.
- Idaho State also ranks sixth in the conference with eight total assists.
- The Bengals have allowed the most goals in the league with 31. They are allowing an average of 3.4 goals per game this season.
Against Weber State
Sacramento State has faced the Weber State Wildcats 25 since 1996. In a nearly even all-time series, the Wildcats hold the edge, 12-10-3. 11 of those 25 matches have been in Sacramento, where the Hornets have typically dominated the Wildcats, leading 7-2-2.
Over the last five matches, the teams are an even 2-2-1 against each other, with both of Sacramento State's wins coming at home. That one tie came in last year's match up as the Hornets and Wildcats played to a 1-1 draw at Weber State.
Scouting the Wildcats
- Weber State comes into this weekend's matches with a 3-3-4 overall record, including a 1-0-1 mark in Big Sky play.
- The Wildcats' four points are tied for second in the conference (NAU).
- Before traveling to Sacramento State to face the Hornets on Sunday, the Wildcats will go up against Portland State on Friday.
- Weber State has fared decently on the road this season, playing to an even 1-1-1 record in three away contests.
- The Wildcats' 34 total points this season are third most in the conference while their 10 goals are tied for sixth.
- Team leaders Olivia Barton (5 assists, 1 goal) and Morgan Quarnberg (3 goals, 1 assist) are tied for third most points in the Big Sky with 10 each.
- Weber State leads the Big Sky with 14 total assists this season. Eight different players have at least one assist.
- Weber State's 12 yellow cards are third most in the conference.
Despite playing to a 1-6-2 record in non-conference and the eighth spot in the Big Sky, Sacramento State is off to a 1-1 start through two conference matches. They are one of four teams tied with three points after the Big Sky's first weekend of conference play.
Sophomore midfielder Skylar Littlefield scored her first career game-winning goal last Friday as she delivered in the 89th minute at Eastern Washington. It was her second goal of the season, tied for most on the team (Christina Lazar, 2). Littlefield leads the team and is sixth in the conference with 18 total shots.
Hot And Cold
Sacramento State took 11 total shots last Friday at Eastern Washington, including seven on goal. Just two days later at Idaho, they took just three total shots (two on goal).
For the season, Sacramento State has taken double-digit shots in five matches, including a season-high 19 at Fresno State. They have also taken just five or fewer shots in three matches, including a season-ow two in their first match of the year against UC Santa Barbara.
Stay On Target
Sacramento State has taken just 97 total shots through 11 games this season, the third fewest in the Big Sky. However, they have been extremely efficient at placing their shots on goal with 52 of their 97 shots being on target.
The team's .537 SOG% is the best in the Big Sky and the 40th best mark in all of NCAA Div. I women's soccer. . For the season, their opponents own just a .473 SOG%.
Despite ranking eighth overall in total shots, the Hornets are third in the Big Sky in goals scored with 12. They are behind only Northern Colorado (15) and Idaho (14). Last season, Sacramento State finished fourth in the Big Sky with 28 total goals.
Kylee Kim-Bustillos is tied for sixth in the league with six total points. The sophomore forward has one goal and four assists through 11 games.
Lend an Assist
Sophomore forward Kylee Kim-Bustillos leads the Hornets with four assists so far this season. That matches her team-leading four assists from all of last season. Kim-Bustillos is tied for the second most assists in the Big Sky Conference.
Spreading It Around
Nine different players have scored a goal for Sacramento State this season. Christina Lazar and Skylar Littlefield lead the team with two goals apiece. Of the nine total goal-scorers, seven of them are underclassmen. In addition, 14 different players have taken a shot on goal through the first 11 games. Last year, the Hornets had goals from just six different players.
Sacramento State's 13 yellow cards are tied for the most in the Big Sky and tied for sixth most in the nation. Defender Julia Herrera is the only repeat offender on the team and has received three yellows this season, most in the league and eighth most in NCAA.
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.