WOMEN’S SOCCER SETS PROGRAM RECORD, EXTENDING UNBEATEN STREAK TO 10 MATCHES, WITH DRAW ON SUNDAY

WOMEN’S SOCCER SETS PROGRAM RECORD, EXTENDING UNBEATEN STREAK TO 10 MATCHES, WITH DRAW ON SUNDAY

POCATELLO, Idaho - Sacramento State set a program record on Sunday, extending its unbeaten streak to 10 matches, the longest in the program's 25-year history. Ariana Nino scored a brace as the Hornets and Idaho State drew, 2-2.

With the draw, Sacramento State moves to 6-1-4 overall and 0-0-2 in Big Sky play. Idaho State improves to 1-9-2 (0-1-1 Big Sky). 

The Hornets have now won or tied in each of their last 10 matches, stretching back to August 25th's home win over Cal Poly. Sacramento State is 6-0-4 during the 10-match stretch, including 2-0-3 on the road.

The 10-match unbeaten streak is the longest in the program's 25-year history, eclipsing the previous record of nine straight unbeaten. Sacramento State went 6-0-3 from Oct. 12 through Nov. 11 of 2007. That season, the Hornets advanced to the NCAA Tournament after winning the Big Sky Conference with a 12-4-5 overall record. That team was unbeaten in league play, going 4-0-3.

During this current 10-match stretch, the Hornets have scored 17 goals (1.7 per match) while allowing just seven (0.7 per match). They have five shutouts, four of them in wins (one draw).

Sunday's draw didn't come easy for the Hornets, who battled a tough Idaho State team as well as temperatures in the 40s and on-again, off-again light rain and snow.

The Bengals struck first, scoring in just the seventh minute of action. But the Hornets didn't take long to respond. Taking a free kick just outside the right corner of the box, Aubrey Goodwill found Ariana Nino in front of the goal. Nino put a perfect touch on the ball to sneak it past the frozen keeper and level the score in the 24th minute.

After an Idaho State free kick from the top of the box put the Bengals back ahead, 2-1, in the 54th minute, it was again Nino finding the equalizer for the Hornets.

The play started with a perfect forward pass from Kylee Kim-Bustillos, finding Nino in a 1-on-1. The junior beat the lone defender before sending one into the top left corner to again level the score, 2-2.

Sacramento State dominated the overtime periods, outshooting the Bengals, 7-2, but were unable to find the back of the net. The Hornets' best chance was thwarted by an excellent save by the Idaho State keeper on sliding shot by Skylar Littlefield in the 107th minute.

In total, Sacramento State was outshot overall, 22-19, and in shots on goal, 10-7. Aaliyah Fesili made eight saves for the Hornets, one shy of Friday night's career-high nine at Weber State.

The Hornets will have an opportunity to extend their unbeaten streak even further when they return home to host Northern Arizona on Friday, Oct. 4, at 4 p.m. NAU is coming off a conference-opening win against Southern Utah on Sunday. 

Details on Friday's upcoming match, including links to videos, live stats, and more, can be found on the Sacramento State women's soccer schedule online at HornetSports.com.