This past weekend the Seawolves split their two games in Los Angeles and Carson during a trip down to Southern California. After suffering a 2-0 loss on Friday to the 16th ranked Cal State Los Angeles Golden Eagles, they bounced back and grabbed a 1-0 win over the Cal State Dominguez Hills Toros.
The Seawolves remained tied 0-0 with the Golden Eagles until late in the second half of their matchup when LA scored two goals separated by just a little over a minute. The Seawolves were unable to respond, making it just the first time they’ve been shutout all season. Despite the loss, Seawolves junior goalkeeper Ashley Luis collected a season-high eight saves on the 10 shots that LA had on the goal.
“I just kept really composed in the game. We struggled a little bit on defense…I kinda knew how big that game was going to be,” said Luis. “I like having a lot of action, that’s just a goalie thing…but the best games is not having a lot of action.” Luis was able to show some of her skills against 17 total shots by the Golden Eagles.
Sunday’s game was also tied up after the first half but ended with a different result. Unlike Friday’s game, the Seawolves had sophomore Allison Hadidian at goalie for a majority of the time, which gave her the win. The Seawolves offense was able to create opportunities throughout the entire game, outshooting the Toros 18 to 3.
“We had shot after shot after shot and it just wasn’t going in. I feel like we wanted that goal so bad that we were hitting balls over,” said Sifuentes. “We were just doing way too much, we just needed to calm down. We were setting up balls perfectly but weren’t finishing so finally when that happened it was just a relief.”
A goal scored in the 65th minute by freshman forward Sifuentes ended up being the difference in the game. The shot from about 18 yards out found the left side of the net for Sifuentes fourth goal on the season.
“When the ball got played in a defender hit it to the top of the 18, I took a touch, and then I scored it low corner of the goal,” said Sifuentes as she explained the lone goal of the game.
After the weekend’s games, the Seawolves remain in second place in the conference with an overall record of 13-2-0. On the points system, they are at 18, which is six behind first place Cal State LA, and two points ahead of third place Chico State. Once the team returns from their trip south, they will be in the Bay Area for their final three games of the season. The home stretch begins at Seawolf Field with a Friday matchup against UC San Diego at 12:30 p.m., then continues Sunday with their “Senior Day” game against Cal Poly Pomona at 11:30 a.m. and will finish off in San Francisco versus SF State on Thursday.