WOMEN’S SOCCER DRAWS AT MONTANA, 0-0, AS LEAGUE’S BEST DEFENSES CLASH; UNBEATEN STREAK TO 14

WOMEN’S SOCCER DRAWS AT MONTANA, 0-0, AS LEAGUE’S BEST DEFENSES CLASH; UNBEATEN STREAK TO 14

MISSOULA, Mont. - The Big Sky's top two defenses went head to head Friday afternoon as Sacramento State and Montana battled to a scoreless draw in Missoula.

The draw - Sacramento State's sixth of the season - moves the Hornets to 8-1-6 overall and 2-0-4 in Big Sky play. Meanwhile, the Griz move to 5-5-5 overall and 4-0-2 in league.

Montana retains its hold on the top spot in the conference for now with 14 points, though some Friday night matches around the league have yet to be played. The Hornets tentatively sit alone in fourth place in the Big Sky with 10 points.

Coming into Friday, Sacramento State and Montana were tied for the league lead with six shutouts apiece. After Friday's action, they remain tied, now with seven shutouts each.

Hornets keeper Aaliyah Fesili is tops in the Big Sky with a .871 save percentage and a .73 goals against average. Montana's Claire Howard is second in both categories, at .824 and .81, respectively. The duo is each responsible for all seven of their team's shutouts. 

On Friday, it was Fesili putting in more of the work, making eight saves - tied for her season high - to Howard's four. In total, Montana outshot Sacramento State, 18-9, including 8-4 in shots on goal.

Four of those shots were taken by Julia Herrera and Shantel Torres-Benito, each with two. Four different Hornets, including Torres-Benito, had a shot on frame.

Six different Hornets played all 110 minutes on Friday, including Mikayla Reed and Aubrey Goodwill. Reed has played every minute of every match this season - 1,470 - while Goodwill has logged the team's second most minutes with 1,424.

Friday's draw extends Sacramento State's unbeaten streak to 14 matches. The Hornets are currently tied for the longest such streak in the nation this season (#1 Virginia, 11-0-3; George Washington, 11-1-3).

The streak is also the second longest ever in the Big Sky Conference. Coming into play Friday, the Hornets were tied with Weber State (1998). Now, the team trails only the 2013-14 Portland State team, which went 16 straight without a loss.

What is undoubtedly the most challenging road trip of the season continues for Sacramento State on Sunday when the team travels to Greeley, Colorado to take on the Northern Colorado Bears. Heading into Friday's action, the Bears are second in the conference standings. 

Kick off on Sunday is scheduled for 1 p.m. MT/noon PT. Details on that match and all upcoming matches can be found on the Sacramento State women's soccer schedule online at HornetSports.com.