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Women's Soccer Weekly Notes, 10/11 - PDF

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's soccer team hosts Portland State Sunday at noon in their only match this week. Both teams enter the match with a 2-4 Big Sky record, tied for fifth in the conference with eyes on a postseason berth.

How To Watch

Hornets vs. Portland State
Sunday, Oct. 14 // 12:00 PM
Hornet Field // Sacramento, Calif. 
Live Video: WatchBigSky.com
Live Stats: HornetStats.com
Twitter: @SacStateWSoccer

All links, news, and updates can also be found by visiting the 2018 Women's Soccer Schedule online at HornetSports.com.

About Last Week

Sacramento State dropped both matches on the road last weekend, falling short, 3-2, at Southern Utah before coming up on the wrong end of a 2-0 shutout at Northern Arizona. 

On Friday, the Hornets battled back from a 2-0 deficit to force a 2-2 tie at Southern Utah thanks to a penalty kick by Arianna Nino and another goal by Caitlin Prothe, but the Thunderbirds delivered the game-winner in the 82nd minute.

Sacramento State followed that with a hard-fought, 2-0 loss on the road at Northern Arizona. With temperatures lingering in the 40s and the previous night's snow still lacing the edges of the field, Sacramento State fell behind early and was unable to recover against the Big Sky's second-ranked team. 

Against Portland State

Since 1996, Sacramento State has faced the Portland State Vikings 24 times. In those 24 games, the Hornets hold the all-time advantage, having won 12 of those 24 matches (12-9-3 all-time). In fact, Sacramento State had a six-game unbeaten streak against the Vikings from 2005-2009, going 4-0-2. At Hornet Field, Sacramento State is 5-3-1 all-time against the Viks. 

Last year, Sacramento State and Portland State faced off just once, an away match in Portland. The Vikings got the better of Sacramento State in that match, defeating the Hornets 2-1. Over their last five matches, the Vikings hold the edge, 3-2, and four of those five games have been decided by one goal. 

Scouting the Vikings

  • Portland State enters the week with a 4-9-0 overall record, including a 2-4-0 record against Big Sky competition.
  • The Vikings are just 1-6-0 on the road this season. 
  • Like Sacramento State, Portland State has just one match this week. 
  • The Vikings are second in the Big Sky with 19 yellow cards this season. They trail only Sacramento State (20). 
  • Portland State's goalkeeper Abbie Faingold is second in the Big Sky and 88th in the nation with an average of 4.92 saves per game.
  • Krystal de Ramos leads the Vikings with three goals scored on the year. 
  • As a team, Portland State averages 1.2 goals per game. 

Striking Similarities

Sacramento State and Portland State come into Sunday's match with more than a few similarities. 

  • Both teams are 2-4 in Big Sky Conference play. 
  • The Hornets and Vikings are back-to-back in RPI, 299 and 300, respectively. 
  • Sacramento State was selected fifth in the Big Sky Preseason Coaches' poll. Portland State was 6th.
  • The teams are one and two in the conference and two and three in the nation in yellow cards.
  • All three of Portland State's coaches have Sacramento State backgrounds. 

A One-Match Week

Portland State is Sacramento State's only matchup this week, their second and final one-match week of the season. The Hornets had a one-match week earlier this year, playing at Pacific on a Friday.

The Home Stretch

Sacramento State has just three games remaining on the regular season schedule and all three are home matches. After hosting Portland State on Sunday, the Hornets will host Northern Colorado and Montana next weekend to cap the regular season. 

Accurate Shooters

Sacramento State leads the Big Sky Conference with a .531 shot on goal percentage. They rank 34th in all of NCAA Div. I women's soccer. 

Outscoring the Conference

The Hornets have scored 17 goals through 13 games this season, tied for the second most in the Big Sky Conference (Weber State, Northern Arizona). Only Northern Colorado (27) has more. 

Spreading the Scoring Around

Nine different players have scored a goal for Sacramento State this season. Caitlin Prothe and Skylar Littlefield lead the team with three goals each while three others have scored two. 

Of the nine total goal-scorers, seven of them are sophomores or freshmen. Last year, just six different Hornets scored a goal. 

Double-Digit Shots

The Hornets have taken 10 or more shots in seven of their 15 games so far this season, including a season-high 19 in August 24th's 2-2 tie at Fresno State. The Hornets average 8.6 shots per game. 

Take Caution

Sacramento State leads the Big Sky conference and ranks second in all of NCAA Div. I women's soccer with 20 total yellow cards this season. Caitlin Prothe and Julia Herrera each have four, most on the team. 

Portland State enters Sunday's match with 19 total yellow cards, second most in the Big Sky and third most in the nation. 

Lend An Assist

Despite playing in just 11 of Sacramento State's 15 games this year, sophomore forward Kylee Kim-Bustillos still ranks T-3rd in the Big Sky with four total assists. She piled up all four assists in the team's first five games.

Minutes for Mikayla

Mikayla Reed has already accumulated a team-high 1,381 minutes through the team's first 15 games. She averages 92 minutes per contest, three minutes higher than her average of 89 minutes last season (1,794 total). 

Shots on Frame 

Sacramento State has at least two shots on goal in 14 of their 15 matches this season. They have five or more shots on goal in seven of their 15 matches. 

In games in which the Hornets place at least five shots on goal, they are 3-2-2. 

A Sacramento Homecoming

All three coaches for Portland State are Sacramento State women's soccer alumni, having played for the Hornets, coached for the Hornets, or both, at various times in the past. Head coach Katie Burton played for Sacramento State from 2003-2007 and served as Associate Head Coach under Hornets head coach Randy Dedini for two seasons from 2015-16.

Associate head coach Maureen Whitney played in the Green and Gold for two seasons from 1998-99 and the Vikings' assistant coach Jenny Lawrence played for the Hornets from 2005-2008. Lawrence was also a volunteer assistant coach and goalkeeper coach for the Hornets from 2009-11 and again in 2014. 

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. 

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 Big Sky regular season and tournament 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.