Women’s soccer team falls in first round of conference tournament


Carlo Marzan - The State Hornet

Sacramento State freshman midfielder Skylar Littlefield kicks the ball past Northern Colorado freshman defender Cara Quinn Oct. 1 at Hornet Field.

Carlo Marzan

The Sacramento State women’s soccer team fell 2-0 against Northern Colorado in the first round of the Big Sky Conference Tournament Wednesday morning at EWU Soccer Field in Cheney, Washington.

Sac State sophomore midfielder Mikayla Reed and freshman forward Kylee Kim-Bustillos, who was named Big Sky Newcomer of the Year on Tuesday, applied offensive pressure immediately, but Northern Colorado senior goalkeeper Madeline Burdick blocked every shot attempt. Burdick had previously shut out the Hornets on Oct. 1 in a 1-0 win at Hornet Field.

Northern Colorado freshman midfielder Taylor Bray then scored the first goal of the game by way of a free kick to earn the Bears a 1-0 lead with six minutes remaining in the first half.

In the second half, Sac State freshman goalkeeper Aaliyah Fesili’s goalpost was harassed by the Bears, and she eventually gave up another goal with a little over 37 minutes left in the match.

Despite outshooting Northern Colorado 12-9, the Hornets couldn’t muster a single goal and lost 2-0. The Bears’ victory gave the team its 10th shutout of the season, meanwhile the Hornets have now been shutout seven times this year.

Northern Colorado will continue its postseason against No. 2 seed Montana, while Sac State heads back to Sacramento to prepare for its offseason.