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BIG SKY CHAMPIONSHIPS START WEDNESDAY, WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYS FRIDAY IN SEMIFINALS

BIG SKY CHAMPIONSHIPS START WEDNESDAY, WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYS FRIDAY IN SEMIFINALS

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State travels this week to Greeley, Colorado for the 2019 Big Sky Soccer Championships. The tournament begins on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at Northern Colorado's Jackson Stadium. The Hornets, who finished the regular season with an 11-1-6 overall record and a 5-0-4 mark in the Big Sky, clinched the number two seed in the tournament and a first round bye. Sacramento State will first play on Friday, Nov. 8 at 11 a.m. PT in the semifinal round.

Sacramento State will face the winner of Wednesday's match between the #3 Eastern Washington Eagles and #6 Portland State Vikings. The Hornets beat both teams during the regular season. 

The full tournament will air live online on Pluto.TV (ch. 531), as well as on WatchBigSky.com. The championship final, scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. PT, will also air on Eleven Sports (Pluto, ch. 519)

Full details on the 2019 Big Sky Soccer Championships can be found by visiting BigSkyConf.com or the Sacramento State women's soccer home page at Hornet Sports.com.

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2019 Big Sky Soccer Championships
Wednesday, Nov. 6 - Sunday, Nov. 10
Jackson Stadium // Greeley, Colo.
Start times vary
Watch: Pluto.TV (ch. 531), WatchBigSky.com
Live Stats: BigSkyStats.com
Twitter: @SacStateWSoccer

Hornets Postseason History

2019's Big Sky Championship appearance is Sacramento State's 11th since joining the league in 1994. The Hornets last advanced to the Big Sky tournament in 2017 and have appeared in four of the last five, dating back to the 2015 season.

All-time, Sacramento State is 5-7-2 overall in the Big Sky Tournament (the Hornets are 1-1 in two overtime postseason matches). In all postseason action, Sacramento State is 5-9-2. 

Sacramento State has won two Big Sky Championships since joining the league in 1994. The Hornets' first title came in 2007 after winning the regular season title, as well. The program won its second championship in 2010 after entering the tournament as a three seed. 

Hornets Remain Unbeaten

Sacramento State closed out the regular season with three straight wins and an 11-1-6 overall record, extending its unbeaten streak to a program and Big Sky record 17 straight matches. 

Sacramento State's last and only loss so far this season came in their season-opening match on the road at UC Davis on Aug. 23. 

The Hornets' 17-match unbeaten streak surpassed the program's previous record of nine, set back in 2007. The streak is also the longest in Big Sky Conference history, passing the previous record of 16, set by the 2013-14 Portland State team in 2016. 

Big Sky Longest Unbeaten Streak

1. 17 (Sacramento State, 2019)
2. 16 (Portland State, 2013-14)
3. 13 (Weber State, 1998)
4. 12 (Montana, 1997-98)

Unbeaten Around the Country

Sacramento State's 17-match unbeaten streak is tied for the second-longest in the nation. The Hornets are one behind #1 Virginia (18 straight, 15-0-3) and tied with #4 BYU, which has also gone 17 straight without a loss (16-0-1).

All-Conference Selections

Last Friday, the Big Sky Conference announced its annual individual award winners and all-conference selections and the Hornets were well-represented. 

In total, the Hornets had seven all-conference selections, tied for most in the league this season. Of those seven, four were all-conference first team selections, most in the Big Sky.

Kim-Bustillos: Offensive MVP

Junior forward Kylee Kim-Bustillos was named the Big Sky's 2019 Offensive MVP after leading the league in total points and goals scored. Entering the 2019 Big Sky Championships, Kim-Bustillos has 21 total points with nine goals scored, four of which were game-winners. She has also added three assists this season.

Reed: Co-Defensive MVP

Senior defender Mikayla Reed was selected as a 2019 Big Sky co-Defensive MVP for the Hornets and is now a four-time all-conference selection, Sacramento State's first since 2007. Reed is one of five Hornets to start all 18 matches and played every minute of every match this season, a league-leading 1,759, while captaining the back line for the Hornets.

Fesili: Goalkeeper of the Year

Junior goalkeeper Aaliyah Fesili earned the Big Sky's Goalkeeper of the Year, becoming the first Hornet to win the award since its league introduction in 2011. Fesili posted a .888 save percentage and a 0.61 goals against average, both best in the Big Sky. She has recoded 10 clean sheets this year, again, most in the league. All of those numbers are Sacramento State single season records. 

Aubrey "Assist" Goodwill

Junior defender Aubrey Goodwill leads the Hornets and the Big Sky Conference with seven assists this season. Goodwill, the team's primary set piece taker, has collected all of her assists on free or corner kicks. 

Goodwill's seven assists are also tied for most in a single season in program history. In two seasons with Sacramento State, Goodwill has nine career assists, just four away from entering the top five in program history.

Big Sky's Best Defense

Sacramento State's defense has been the best in the Big Sky this year, allowing just 12 total goals in 18 matches, fewest in the league. The Hornets posted 10 shutouts this year, again, most in the Big Sky. 

Shutout Streak

Sacramento State enters the tournament riding a four match shutout streak, tied for the longest such streak in program history. The Hornets' only other fourth match shutout streak came in the program's inaugural season in 1994.

Goals In Run of Play

Of the Hornets' 12 goals allowed this year, only three have come in the run of play. The remaining nine goals have all been scored on set pieces or penalty kicks. The last goal scored against the Hornets in the run of play came on Sept. 8 against Cal Baptist. 

Sacramento State has not allowed a goal in the run of play against a conference opponent: Of the five Big Sky goals allowed, three were scored off corners, one on a free kick, and another on a penalty kick.

Positive Margins

Sacramento State is one of three teams in the Big Sky with a positive scoring margin. The Hornets lead the conference with a +0.83 scoring margin (1.50-0.67). Eastern Washington is second at +0.39 (1.56-1.17) and Northern Arizona is next at +0.17 (1.39-1.22). Montana has an even 0.00 margin (0.78-0.78).

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