SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Samantha Craig scored the golden goal game winner for the Hornets Friday evening, lifting Sacramento State over Idaho, 1-0, in the 109th minute. With the win, Sacramento State tied the Big Sky conference record for longest unbeaten streak.
The win was Sacramento State's 10th of the year as the Hornets improve to 10-1-6 overall and 4-0-4 in Big Sky play. Idaho dropped to 4-12-2 overall and 1-5-2 in league.
Sacramento State extended its unbeaten streak to 16 matches, matching the Big Sky record for longest unbeaten streak in conference history. The Hornets are now tied with the 2013-14 Portland State Vikings, who also went 16 straight without a loss.
The Hornets last loss came on August 25 in their season opener on the road. Since then, the Hornets are 10-0-6, including 6-0-2 at home.
On Friday, it was junior Samantha Craig finding the back of the net in double overtime just 40 seconds before the match ended in a draw. The goal was Craig's second of the year and first in conference. It was also Sacramento State's first overtime goal of the year.
Both the Hornets and Vandals had chances throughout the match, but neither was able to score until Craig broke the drought late in the match. Sacramento State outshot Idaho, 13-7 overall, though both teams were even in shots on goal with five.
Craig led the Hornets with five shots, placing three on goal, the last her game-winner.
Aaliyah Fesili and the Hornets defense posted their Big Sky-leading ninth shutout of the year in the 1-0 performance. Fesili made five goals in the match, including a big one-on-one save against a Vandals forward midway through the first half.
For the year, Fesili and the Hornets own a league-leading 0.65 goals against average. Fesili is also atop the conference with a spectacular .881 save percentage
The win was crucial for the Hornets' pursuit of a first round bye in the Big Sky Championship, which begins Wednesday, Nov. 6 in Greeley, Colorado.
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After Friday's action, Sacramento State is third in the Big Sky with 16 total points. The Hornets trail only Montana (17 points) and Eastern Washington (19). The Griz play at Northern Colorado on Sunday while the Hornets host the Big Sky-leading Eagles at Hornet Field.
In a twist, the Eagles and Griz will face off for the final match of the regular season next Wednesday, Oct. 30 in a match that will likely determine the league's final seeding outcome.
Sunday's match against Eastern Washington is also Senior Day for Sacramento State. The Hornets will recognize their five graduating seniors in a special pre-match ceremony.
The festivities will begin at 11:50 am with kickoff scheduled for noon. Details on Sunday's regular season finale can be found on the Sacramento State women's soccer schedule online at HornetSports.com.