SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State remains on the road this weekend with challenging matches at both Montana and Northern Colorado on Friday and Sunday, respectively. On Friday, the Hornets face the league-leading Grizz, who come into the weekend with a 4-0-1 Big Sky record. Northern Colorado starts the weekend second in the league with a 3-1-2 Big Sky record.
The weekend trip is the team's last of the regular season. The Hornets finish at home with back-to-back home matches against Idaho (10/25) and Eastern Washington (10/27) to end the regular season.
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About Last Week
Sacramento State played just once last week, picking up a big result on the road with a 2-1 win over Portland State.
The duo of Ariana Nino and Kylee Kim-Bustillos both scored for the Hornets, their fifth and eighth goals of the season, respectively. Niño's gave the Hornets a 1-0 lead midway through the first half and the second-half goal by Kim-Bustillos proved to be the game-winner after Portland State found the back of the net late in the match.
With last Sunday's win, Sacramento State extended its program-record unbeaten streak to 13 straight matches. The Hornets are 8-0-5 during that stretch. Previously, the longest unbeaten streak in program history had been nine matches, a record set in 2007. That year, the Hornets finished 12-4-5 and did not lose in Big Sky play (4-0-3).
Chasing Big Sky Records
The Hornets' 13 match unbeaten streak isn't just the best in program history, it is currently tied for the second longest in the Big Sky Conference's history. The Hornets are three matches away from tying the all-time record of 16, set during parts of the 2013 and '14 seasons by Portland State.
Big Sky Longest Unbeaten Streak
1. 16 (Portland State, 2013-14)
T2. 13 (Sacramento State, 2019)
13 (Weber State, 1998)
3. 12 (Montana, 1997-98)
Unbeaten Around the Country
Sacramento State's 13-match unbeaten streak is tied for the second longest active unbeaten streak in the nation this season, trailing only #1 Virginia (14 unbeaten, 11-0-3). The Hornets are tied with #5 BYU (12-0-1) and George Washington (10-1-3), who like the Hornets, have not lost since falling in their season opener.
Goals In Run of Play
The Hornets have allowed just 12 goals in 14 matches this season, fewest in the Big Sky. Of those 12 goals, only three have come in the run of play. The remaining nine goals have all been scored on set pieces or penalty kicks.
Sacramento State has not allowed a goal in the run of play against a conference opponent yet this season (five goals allowed - three corners, one free kick, one penalty kick).
The Century Mark
Sacramento State's 2-1 win over Portland State on Sunday was career win number 100 for Hornets head coach Randy Dedini. Dedini reached the century mark in what is his 13th season at the helm in Sacramento.
Sacramento State's junior forward Kylee Kim-Bustillos leads the Big Sky Conference with 19 total points so far this season. She has scored eight goals - also a league high - and has three assists through 14 matches this season. NAU's Madison Montgomery is second in the league in both categories (18 and 6).
Aubrey Goodwill has seven total assists this season, a new career-high and most in the Big Sky. Her seven assists are also tied for most in a single season in Hornets history. Goodwill is tied with Katie McCoy (twice, '06, '07) and Kim Kemper ('07).
Hornets goalkeeper Aaliyah Fesili leads the Big Sky's keepers in most defensive categories. She is tops in the conference in goals-against average (0.79), save percentage (0.859), is tied for first in shutouts (6), and ranks second in total saves (73).
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