Men’s soccer dominates Humboldt, Stanislaus

The Seawolves are back on top as the first place team in Northern California. It was an exciting weekend for the Seawolves Friday winning 4-1 and following it up with a 2-1 win as well on Sunday. A lot of excitement was in the air at the Seawolf stadium on Friday, when Sonoma State dominated with a 4-1 win against Humboldt State. It was the last home game for the Sonoma State seniors. Nobody could have predicted the outcome of the thrilling game.

“Senior day was a great day. It’s been an honor to play in this program and I’m glad that we were able to get a victory in our last home game,” said senior Kelly Davilia. 

A defensive miscue in the 29th minute allowed visiting Humboldt State to silence the hometown crowd and take a 1-0 lead.  However, six minutes later the Seawolves changed the pace of the game when a free kick into the box where forward Taylor Varnadore came crashing in to redirect the ball just enough to get past Humboldt goalie to tie up the game. 

The Seawolves came out strong and it showed when only five minutes into the second half a throw from Daniel Theobald found perfect placement of Sean Callahan’s head where it found the net.  Eight minutes after Humboldt was called for a foul inside the box allowing Varnadore to step up and take the penalty kick, which he scored and Sonoma feeling confident with a two goal lead. 

To finish up the game, in the 86th minute Davila shot his 10th career goal on a pass from Varnadore that ended the game with a 4-1 win for the Seawolves. 

“That was a proper send off for our seniors,” said Sonoma State Head Coach Marcus Ziemer. 

On Sunday the Seawolves played at Cal State Stanislaus feeling mentally strong after dominating against Humboldt on Friday.  Stanislaus put Sonoma on their toes in the 32nd minute of the game where they scored taking the lead.

That all changed in the 50th minute of the game when Stanislaus got a foul inside their penalty box allowing an opportunity for the Seawolves. Varnadore made the shot tying up the game. 

“Halftime was the key for us. We went into the locker room, and as a team figured out what we needed to do to turn it around and did so in the second half,” said Taylor Varnadore.

Sonoma kept up with the momentum in the 76th minute of the game when defender Trevor Tennant made a long pass to Varnadore where he found the net. 

The Seawolves finished with another win for the weekend. 

“The wins also helped keep us in contention for the playoffs. We’re getting hot at the right time of the season and are extremely focused on extending our season as long as we can,” said Davilia.