Men’s soccer splits weekend home-series

Men’s soccer took a loss and a win from this past weekend losing to Cal State San Bernardino in a 4-3 battle, but recovered and beat arch-rival Chico State on Sunday 3-1. Sonoma State added a win and loss to make their current record 7-5-1, with a showing of 2-3-1 in CCAA league play.  

The San Bernardino Coyotes knocked in two early goals in the ninth and eleventh minutes to take an early lead, leaving Sonoma State to play catch up the rest of the game.  Another Coyote goal in the 21st minute made it a 3-nil ball game only a quarter through the match.  SSU was stuck in a 3-0 drought and needed something magical to happen.  Brenton Frame knocked in the first Sonoma State goal off a corner kick that shortened the lengthy deficit to 3-1 with the Seawolves trailing in the 34th minute.  

Another Coyote goal came in the 57th minute to make the lead 4-1.  Eric Alvarado scored a goal in the 61st minute and shortly after in the 72nd minute Brenton Frame scored his second goal of the day to cut the lead 4-3.  The Seawolves never prevailed leaving their opponents to take the win edging the Seawolves with a final score of 4-3.  SSU did out-shoot CSU San Bernardino 17-7, but failed to finish those opportunities resulting in a tough loss.  

Rival school Chico State came to Seawolf Field to take on the Seawolves this past Sunday afternoon, but the Wildcats were in trouble trying to come away with a win.   Early in the game, a corner kick ball was touched around in the box and was finally scored by Seawolf Sean Callahan.  The goal would make it 1-0 with SSU leading through the rest of the first half.  

In the early second half, Seawolves Manin Zahic and Callahan would assist a Brenton Frame score after the ball was headed around a few times.  The score was 2-0 with Sonoma up early in the second half.  Wildcat Justin Walmsley would knock in the only Chico goal of the day assisted by Justin Saul after a foul was called on SSU.  

Later on, a Chico foul was committed and Brenton Frame was left to take the set-piece just outside the box.  Frame bent the ball right over the wall and into the net to clinch the Sonoma victory 3-1.  

Frame told the STAR, “I was thinking we need a goal to give us breathing room.  It’s a big moment and I just felt like it needed to be done.”  

SSU outshot Chico State 10-5 and also had two more shots on goal.  

Zahic said, “We battled hard. We had a couple unfortunate results prior to this game but we’re going to keep on moving forward. We were very excited to go out that way and pick up a couple good results.”  

Men’s soccer advances their record with this win to 7-5-1.

Dylan Stafford said, “We had a couple tough results, but we bounced back and now we’re looking forward to get some wins on our belt and just keep going.”  

Seawolves soccer will travel to southern California to take on Cal State Los Angeles on Friday night at 7 p.m. and Cal State Dominguez Hills on Sunday at 2 p.m.  The final two games of the regular season will follow these games and will take place at Seawolf Field taking on UC San Diego on Oct. 24 and Cal Poly Pomona on Oct. 26.