Men’s soccer drops two away games

The Seawolves kicked off their weekend playing Cal Poly Pomona losing 3-1 on Friday and losing 1-0 on Sunday against UC San Diego at the Triton stadium in La Jolla. 

With the defeat, the Seawolves’ record in CCAA action falls even at 3-3-0 (4-3-1 overall) while the Tritons improve to 6-1-1 and 4-1-1 in the conference.

Sonoma started off the game against Cal Poly Pomona coming out aggressively but in the ninth minute of the game, Seawolves were whistled for a handball in the 18-yard box. Cal Poly led a 1-0 lead in the first half, which changed the momentum.

“I thought we played really well first half and came out strong. The penalty kick was questionable call and the bounces just didn’t fall our way today,” said forward Chris Pihl.

Seawolves came out firing not even a minute into the second half when Sonoma’s midfielder Kelly Davila had an opportunity for a goal when he headed the ball, it just went over the of the top of the post. 

Soon after in the 49th minute of the game, Aaron Glover came through when Davilia sent him a high accurate cross, which tied it up. 

The Seawolves put the Broncos on their toes but until Cal Poly had a breakaway. The shot passed goalie Beau Diaz from 20 yards out; the score was then 2-1.  

Five minutes later the Broncos found the net again then leading 3-1 in the 58th minute of the game.  For the overall game, Cal Poly Pomona outshot Sonoma State, 17-8. 

Sunday, Seawolves played UC San Diego in La Jolla at the Triton stadium where they lost 0-1. The Tritons are ranked 22nd in the nation.  

The game started off with the Seawolves having good possession, but in the 30th minute of the game the Tritons got a free kick, which then bounced it off the wall of SSU defenders and redirected it into the net for the 1-0 lead and eventual game-winner.  

The Seawolves played well and had close shots on goal just couldn’t get it to hit the net. 

“It was a tough loss. I think we play well in streaks but need to keep up for 90 minutes. Our defense has been solid all year so we just need to find a way to score goals,”said midfielder Sean Callahan. 

The Seawolves had a total of eight shots on goal while the Tritons had 18 shots. Seawolves only had a total of two shots in the first half of the game. 

Two yellow cards were given for the Seawolves and one for the Tritons.  Sonoma State’s goalie Diaz had three great saves but it was just an unlucky goal that was made earlier in the game.

“After the game the team was disappointed, but we know there is a lot of season left and we will bounce back,” said Head Coach Marcus Zeimer.