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Sac State goalie rebounds from ACL injury

Aaliyah Fesili, goalkeeper for Sac State's women's soccer team, warms up with head coach Randy Dedini at a socially distanced practice on Thursday Oct 8th, 2020. Fesili earned Goalie Of The Year in the Big Sky Conference last season.

Jason Gallardo

October 14, 2020

Last season, Sacramento State redshirt junior soccer player Aaliyah Fesili was named Big Sky Goalkeeper of the Year and named to All-Big Sky Conference First team, after not being able to play the year before due to injury. 

Sac State women’s soccer donates to people affected by California fires

Sacramento State soccer players Shay Valenzano and Christina Lazar donating bags of clothes, shoes and toiletries on Thursday Aug. 27, 2020. The pair created a donation center for the Sac State women’s soccer team to help those affected by the fires.

Emmely Ramirez

September 13, 2020

The Sacramento State women's soccer team donated clothes, shoes and about $200 worth of toiletries Aug. 27 to people affected by this summer’s California fires. This year wildfires in California have burned more than 3.2 million acres, over 4000 structures and 19 people have died, according to Cal ...

Big West Conference postpones fall 2020 sports competition

Sac State sophomore forward Benji Kikanovic runs for a play Saturday, Oct. 19 against CSU Fullerton at Hornet Field. The Sac State men's soccer team will have its fall 2020 season postponed due to the Big West Conference's announcement Wednesday that they will postpone sports competition through the end of the calendar year.

Jordan Parker

July 29, 2020

The Big West Conference board of directors announced Wednesday that fall sports competition will be postponed through the end of the calendar year.

Sac state soccer player overcomes rare blood disorder, torn ACL

Sac State soccer player Christina Lazar poses at Kaiser Hospital in Roseville. Lazar was diagnosed with a rare blood disease and had to heal from a torn ACL before she could return to playing for Sac State's team in March. Photo courtesy of Christina Lazar.

Jason Gallardo

May 19, 2020

On March 8, Sacramento State soccer player Christina Lazar played her first game in over a year following her battle with a rare blood disorder and a torn ACL.  Lazar grew up in Rocklin and has been playing soccer since she was in preschool. She was introduced to the sport because she wanted to co...

Sac State coaches forced to adapt recruitment efforts amid stay-at-home order

Sac State baseball coach Reggie Christiansen poses for a photo at John Smith Field. Christiansen has been relying on high school and travel ball coaches to get opinions on potential recruits.

Garry Singh

May 15, 2020

College sports coaches have been fostering new and innovative ways to recruit players amid the stay-at-home order to ensure they still have successful teams and are able to bring in the right players for their programs. The year-round recruitment process usually entails visits to the campuses, facilities...

Sac State sports alumni adding a baby Hornet to their team

Sac State alumni Nick and Kimberly Mazza take their pregnancy announcement photos Tuesday, Nov. 26 at Hornet Stadium. The couple met as student athletes at Sac State.

Brooke Uhlenhop

December 16, 2019

The sky was grey and the ground was wet. Their photographer canceled because of the weather but they were still determined to have their announcement photoshoot at the place where it all started: Sac State and Hornet Stadium.  In 2013, Nick and Kimberly Mazza were Sacramento State student athletes a...

SPORTS PODCAST: Top 10 sports stories of the semester

Senior center Joshua Patton, junior quarterback Kevin Thomson, senior goalkeeper Kaylyn Evans and softball head coach Lori Perez. Top left photo by Kelly Kiernan and remaining three by Eucario Calderon.

Shaun Holkko and Will Coburn

December 12, 2019

From Sac State football's first year in the playoffs to the careers of former Sac State students Deuce and Mo, the sports section here at The State Hornet has had a lot to cover this semester. Here’s sports Editor Shaun Holkko’s top 10 sports stories of the semester on this week's episode the State...

Sac State women’s soccer midfielder prioritizes health after concussion

Sac State women's soccer junior midfielder Skylar Littlefield poses for a photo at Hornet Field. Littlefield suffered a concussion after being hit in the head by a soccer ball during a match in the 2019 season.

Ashton Byers

November 28, 2019

During a women’s soccer away game at Portland State on Oct. 13, Sacramento State junior midfielder Skylar Littlefield was struck in the head by the ball, causing a concussion.  Littlefield, 20, is currently majoring in communication studies at Sac State and received a scholarship to play soccer at Sa...

Sac State women’s soccer team’s season ends in semifinals of Big Sky Championship

Sac State senior midfielder Camila Fonseca dribbles through the defense against Eastern Washington on Friday, Nov. 8 in Greeley, Colorado. The Hornets lost to the Eagles 2-1 in overtime of the Big Sky Championship semifinals, snapping a record 17-game unbeaten streak.

Vince Castellana

November 8, 2019

The Sacramento State women’s soccer team’s season and record 17-game unbeaten streak came to an end with a 2-1 overtime loss to Eastern Washington University in the semifinals of the Big Sky Conference Tournament. Early on in the game Friday, the Hornets’ first-round bye appeared to be a hindra...

Sac State women’s soccer team to play in Big Sky Championship

Sac State junior forward Alyssa Baena dribbles upfield against Eastern Washington on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Hornet Field. The Hornets begin the Big Sky Championship Friday as the second seed in Greeley, Colorado.

Vince Castellana

November 6, 2019

The Sacramento State women’s soccer team set a Big Sky record by ending regular season play with a 17-match unbeaten streak and will enter the postseason conference tournament as the second seed. The only loss for the Hornets (11-1-6, 5-0-4) in 2019 came in the first match of the season on the r...

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