The Southern Utah University soccer team closed out the 2017 regular season Sunday afternoon with a 4-0 loss to Sacramento State in California.
“Obviously it wasn’t the way we wanted to finish our regular season. We didn’t start particularly well, but the girls came out in the second half and they really fought,” head coach Fred Thompson said. “They pushed through all of the challenges from the long season and we just didn’t have enough gas after giving it everything we had in the win on Friday.”
The Hornets only had two goal-scorers in Sunday’s matchup as Andrea Boehm and Kylee Kim-Bustillos were able to score two goals each. Both Hornets scored a goal in each half with Boehm scoring in the 12th and 66th minutes and Kim-Bustillos scoring in the 27th and 84th minutes.
The Thunderbirds took four shots in the match, with three of them placed on goal. Jahna Tacson was the leading shooter with two shots on the day. Kaitlyn Caldera made five saves on 18 shots faced to bring her season total to 75.
“They really fought throughout the entire season. They did better than anyone expected them to do and it really showed during our run through conference play. We’ll go back, take the fall break, and then get right back to it on Wednesday and prepare for the tournament or what lies ahead in the spring.
Southern Utah will now have to wait and see what happens next Friday as the rest of the teams in the Big Sky Conference close out their seasons. The Thunderbirds are currently in a four-way tie for fifth place in the conference standings with North Dakota, Northern Arizona, and Sacramento State. The top six teams at the end of the season go to the tournament, which will be hosted by Eastern Washington during the first week of November.
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SUU Strategic Athletic Communications