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Women's Soccer Weekly Notes, 10/23 - PDF

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State closes out the regular season with two home matches - Friday against Idaho and Sunday against Eastern Washington. The Hornets clinched a spot in the 2019 Big Sky Championship this past weekend but still have a chance to clinch a first-round bye with a strong showing this weekend.

In addition to playing for seeding, Sacramento State will also celebrate Senior Day prior to Sunday's match, recognizing the team's five graduating seniors. 

Follow The Action

vs. Idaho Vandals
Hornet Field // Sacramento, Calif.
Friday, October 25 // 3:00 p.m. PT
Tickets: HornetSports.com/tickets
Live Stream: Pluto.TV (ch. 533), WatchBigSky.com
Live Stats: HornetStats.com
Twitter: @SacStateWSoccer

vs. Eastern Washington - SENIOR DAY
Hornet Field // Sacramento, Calif.
Sunday, October 27 // 12:00 p.m. PT
Tickets: HornetSports.com/tickets
Live Stream: Pluto.TV (ch. 533), WatchBigSky.com
Live Stats: HornetStats.com
Twitter: @SacStateWSoccer

About Last Week

Sacramento State had a very successful week last week, picking up four much-needed points on what was the most challenging road trip of the year. The Hornets went 1-0-1 in two matches at Montana and Northern Colorado.

On Friday, the Hornets and Griz clashed in a matchup of the league's best defenses. Sacramento State and the Big Sky-leading Griz battled to a scoreless draw over 110 minutes. Goalkeeper Aaliyah Fesili made eight saves in the draw for the Hornets. 

On Sunday, Sacramento State picked up a big-time road win at Northern Colorado, 1-0. The Hornets overcame temperatures in the 40s, 30 mile-an-hour winds, and a sprinkler delay to defeat the Bears and record their eighth shutout of the year. Kylee Kim-Bustillos scored the match's lone goal while Fesili made three more saves in the win. 

Senior Day Sunday

Sacramento State's Sunday match against Eastern Washington is the team's regular season finale. As such, the Hornets will celebrate Senior Day prior to kickoff. This year, Sacramento State will recognize five seniors - captains Mikayla Reed and Kaylyn Evans, midfielders Bonnie Ford and Camila Fonseca, and defender Mia Wilson.

Postseason Clinched!

With last Sunday's 1-0 win at Northern Colorado, Sacramento State clinched a berth in the 2019 Big Sky Championship Tournament. The trip to the tournament is Sacramento State's fourth in the last five seasons and 11th since joining the Big Sky. 

Postseason Breakdown

In addition to Sacramento State, three other programs - Montana, Eastern Washington, and Northern Colorado - also clinched a spot on the conference tournament over the weekend. The final two spots are still up for grabs, as is seeding for all six postseason positions. 

The 2019 Big Sky Championship Tournament will be held at Northern Colorado's Jackson Stadium in Greeley, Colo. from Wednesday, Nov. 6 through Sunday, Nov. 10. 

Fesili Is Player of the Week, Pt. II

On Tuesday, the Big Sky announced that Hornets keeper Aaliyah Fesili was selected as the Defensive Player of the Week after posting back-to-back shutouts on the road at Montana and Northern Colorado. Fesili made 11 saves in the two matches while playing 200:00 minutes. The selection is Fesili's second of the season (also Sept. 3).

Hornets Weekly Awards

With Aaliyah Fesili's second Big Sky Player of the Week award, the Hornets have now received a league-leading five weekly awards. In addition to Fesili's two selections, Camila Fonseca (Oct. 7), Tiffany Miras (Sept. 24), and Kylee Kim-Bustillos (Sept. 17) have each received the award, as well.

The five weekly honors are the most by the Hornets since receiving seven awards in 2007.

Still Unbeaten

With last Sunday's win, Sacramento State extended its program-record unbeaten streak to 15 straight matches. The Hornets are 9-0-6 during that stretch, including 3-0-4 in the Big Sky. 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.

Chasing Big Sky Records

The Hornets' 15 match unbeaten streak isn't just the best in program history, it is currently the second longest in the Big Sky Conference's history. The Hornets are just one match 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)
2. 15 (Sacramento State, 2019)
3. 13 (Weber State, 1998)
4. 12 (Montana, 1997-98)

Unbeaten around the Country

Sacramento State's 15-match unbeaten streak is tied for the longest active unbeaten streak in the nation this season, even with #1 Virginia (15 unbeaten, 12-0-3) and George Washington (15 unbeaten, 12-1-3), who like the Hornets, have not lost since falling in their season opener. 

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