Men’s soccer drops two conference games

The Sonoma State men’s soccer team suffered two overtime losses this past weekend on the road against 20th place Cal State Los Angeles (1-0) and Cal State Dominguez Hills (3-2).  The Seawolves are now 7-7-1 overall, going into their last three regular season games.

The Golden Eagles came out shooting and within the first 13 minutes already had three shots under their belts while the Seawolves were held to just one shot. This would turn out to be a precursor to the rest of the game as SSU was outshot by L.A. 5-22.

Senior Zanin Mahic accumulated three of Sonoma State’s five shots.

Junior goalkeeper Sean Taufer helped keep the Seawolves in the game. Without much action in the first half, Taufer made four crucial saves in the second half, which kept SSU alive through regulation.

Ready to bounce back after a tough loss on Friday, the Seawolves came out to play on Sunday against Cal State Dominguez Hills. 

Sophomore Cedric Dinane got the scoring started in the first 10 minutes of the match. On an assist by junior Daniel Theobald and sophomore Raspreet Sandhu. Dinane’s ball ricocheted off the crossbar to score.

Halfway through the first half, SSU was forced to play a man down after sophomore Jose Avalos was issued his second yellow card of the game, resulting in a red card. Still the Seawolves held the Toros through the first half.

Despite being outshot 9-4 before the Seawolves’ second goal in the second half, their fifth shot found net after Coronel stole the ball from Dominguez Hills and launched the ball into the upper left corner giving the Seawolves a 2-0 lead.

“It was a great feeling being able to create a bigger gap,” said Coronel. “It was one of those plays where we created something out of nothing. I was just happy to be able to make an impact on the game.” 

Two minutes later, the Seawolves made an attempt to increase their lead when junior Sean Callahan fired one on goal, but hit the crossbar and the Toros were successful in clearing the ball out.

Less than 10 minutes after Sonoma’s last shot, Dominguez Hills began to fight back. In the 72nd minute, a header by a Toro split the Seawolves’ lead in half.  And just eight minutes later, Dominguez Hills tied the game 2-2.

Neither team was able to score in regulation, resulting in the Seawolves’ second overtime time of the weekend. 

Unfortunately for the Seawolves, within four minutes of overtime Cal State Dominguez Hills scored on a bicycle kick that hit off the post and bounced across the goal line for the final goal and victory of the game.

“Coming off a tough loss we knew this game we had to come out strong,” said Coronel. “We got off to a great start, but going a player down really hurt us toward the closing minutes. Regardless, we fought hard and in my eyes we came together as a team and fought harder than we have all season.”

The Seawolves return home this coming weekend for their last regular season home games. Friday’s game is set to start at 3 p.m. against UC San Diego. Sonoma State will then host Cal Poly Pomona for Senior Day at 2 p.m. They wrap up their season away at San Francisco State the following Thursday.