Men’s soccer falls to second place

The Seawolves started off their weekend settling with a tie 0-0 against Cal State L.A. on Friday and finishing Sunday suffering a 5-0 loss against Cal State Dominguez Hills. 

Friday’s game was at home against Cal State L.A. showed it was an evenly matched game in stats with L.A. having a slight advantage in shots (13-12) and corner kicks (5-4) and CSULA had six shots on target as opposed to one by SSU.

The game went into two overtimes with only one shot attempted by either squads, it was a shot that sailed wide left off the foot of Sonoma State’s Anders Perez in the 94th minute that could have led the Seawolves in a win. 

On Sunday the Seawolves played at home again, against Cal State Dominguez Hills. The game started off with the Seawolves playing strong and having many opportunities, practically dominating procession of the ball and holding 20-14 shot advantage and an 8-0 edge in corner kicks. 

In the 32nd minute of the game the Toros put the Seawolves on their toes by scoring the first goal of the game. It was from that point on that the game was in the Toros’ hand as they scored in the 36th minute finishing the first half with a 2-0 lead.  

In the second half Seawolves controlled possession the majority of the time, but the Toros took advantage of their chances and quickly added two more goals to lead 4-0 with just over 28 minutes left in regulation. 

The fifth and final goal by the Toros came at the 86th minute of the game as Sonoma State defender took down a player, which the referee whistled for a penalty kick, the Toros scored. The Seawolves finished with a loss of 5-0. 

While SSU outshot Cal State Dominguez Hills 11-5 in the second half, only three would be on target, but the Toro’s goalie made stops on all three.

“It was a disappointing loss in front of our home crowd but we can’t dwell on it. We have to bounce back on Friday and beat Cal State Monterey Bay,” said midfielder Evan Filipcyzk. 

With the loss against Dominguez Hills, the Seawolves with an overall 4-4-2 standing, and 3-4-1 CCAA rankings, fall to second place in the CCAA North Division standings, three points behind Cal State Monterey Bay. 

“Friday will be an exciting game. Monterey Bay is a much-improved team from last year. We had an unlucky result earlier in the season against them at their place in a game we felt we should have won. We are looking forward to playing them in front of our home fans. The game should be a good battle between two good soccer teams that are fighting for the top spot in the North division of our conference,” said midfielder Kelly Davila.

After the rough loss the Seawolves have an opportunity to re group and beat Monterey Bay Friday and turn this season around.