SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's soccer team enters the final weekend of the regular season with their postseason aspirations on the line. There are many scenarios remaining as five team battle for the final two tournament spots over the weekend, but the Hornets can help themselves by winning both matches over the next three days.
Sacramento State has advanced to three straight Big Sky tournaments and have an opportunity to reach a fourth consecutive postseason for the first time in program history.
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Senior Day Sunday
Sunday's regular season finale against Montana is also the Hornets' 2018 Senior Day. The program will recognize its three graduating seniors - Caitlin Prothe, Allie Zwerling, and Sarah Sherwood - with a special pregame ceremony.
About Last Week
Sacramento State had just one match last week, their second and final one-match week of the season. They fell at home, 1-0, to Portland State.
Sacramento State was unable to find the back of the net despite matching the Vikings in shots (13) and corner kicks (4). Goalkeeper Kaylyn Evans made six saves in the effort while defender Julia Herrera led the team with five total shots (three on goal).
Against Northern Colorado
Sacramento State has faced the Northern Colorado Bears 15 times since 2006. In those 15 games, the Hornets hold the all-time advantage, having won seven of those 15 matches (7-5-3 all-time). Many of those wins came early in the all-time series, as the Bears have won the last two and four of the last five contests between the squads.
Last year, Sacramento State and Northern Colorado faced off twice, including once at home and once in the first round of the Big Sky playoffs in Eastern Washington. The Bears shut out the Hornets in both games, winning 1-0 at Hornet Field and 2-0 in the tournament's first round. Sacramento State's last win against Northern Colorado came on the road in 2016.
The Hornets and Montana Grizzlies will face off for the 26th time in program history, dating back to 1995. During that time, the Grizzlies lead the all-time series, 13-7-5. Despite trailing all-time, the Hornets have been better against the Griz at home, where Sacramento State is 5-5-2 in 12 matches.
Last year, Sacramento State and Montana went head-to-head just once, a match on the road in Missoula. The Hornets fell 1-0 in that match. During their last five contests, Montana holds a 3-1-1 edge over the Hornets.
Up For Grabs
Heading into the final week of play, the top four postseason positions have already been clinched. Meanwhile, five teams, including Sacramento State, are battling for the remaining two tournament spots.
Postseason Streak On the Line
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.
The Home Stretch
Sacramento State has just two games remaining on the regular season schedule, both of which are at home. Overall this year, Sacramento State is 2-4-1 at home, including 1-2 in Big Sky matches.
Sacramento State leads the Big Sky Conference with a .517 shot on goal percentage. They rank 46th in all of NCAA Div. I women's soccer.
Spreading the Scoring Around
Last season, just eight different Hornets scored a goal and only four scored more than one.
Young Talent Emerging
Last year, multiple freshman made a significant impact on the Hornets squad. Following that success, this year, a new group of freshman has emerged, led by Tiffany Miras (two goals, two assists) and Erika Sosa (one goal, two assists).
Of the 11 different point scorers (goal or assist) for the Hornets this season, seven are underclassmen.
Sacramento State leads the Big Sky conference and ranks fifth 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 and tied for seventh most in the country.
Shots Going Silent
Since the start of Big Sky Conference play, Sacramento State's 59 total shots are the fewest in the league. Their six total goals rank eighth.
The Hornets have been without last year's breakout goalkeeper Aaliyah Fesili all season while missing the defending Freshman of the Year, Kylee Kim-Bustillos for all but two conference matches. Eight other starters have also missed at least one game at some point this season for Sacramento State.
The Hornets have taken 10 or more shots in eight of their 16 games so far this season, including a season-high 19 in August 24th's 2-2 tie at Fresno State. In those eight games, the Hornets are 3-3-2.