Women’s soccer makes semifinals

The women’s soccer team is headed to the semifinals of the CCAA tournament after an overtime win versus San Francisco State in the final game of their regular season, and a penalty shootout that ended in the Seawolf favor 4-3.  They will play Cal State Los Angeles on Friday in Turlock. 

The Gators made the opening goal 12 minutes into the first half and the score stayed at 1-nil through the entire opening half.  Just 12 minutes into the second half, the Seawolves took the lead with two quick goals within one minute that would put them up 2-1.  Sonoma State outshot San Francisco State 10-3 in the second half but a game-winning goal didn’t happen for either team in regulation.  The game would head to extra time where in the 98th minute a penalty was called on SF State leaving Sonoma State with a big penalty to make to take the win.  Lauren Curtin took the shot for the Seawolves, but it was blocked by Gator goalkeeper Allison Land.  Curtin made up for the missed penalty shot when she ended the game in the second overtime period with a game-winning goal in the 103rd minute of match.  The Seawolves started to celebrate the overtime thriller capping off their regular season with a 14-4 overall record (7-4 in the CCAA) and sending the Gators home with a 7-9-2 record to finish off their season.  

After finishing off their regular season, it was time for the women’s soccer team to head to the conference tournament where they would begin by hosting No. 21 Cal State San Bernardino this past Sunday here in Rohnert Park.  Lauren Curtin scored her 12th goal of the season early in the game with a header to the back of the net.  The first half ended 1-nil with the Seawolves in the lead.  

The Coyotes’ player Melanie Aguayo netted two goals within 12 minutes in the second period after rebounding her own deflected penalty shot and firing another shot past players into the goal in the 64th minute.  This would put San Bernardino up 2-1 until the 68th minute when Seawolf Kristal Luna tied the game on a free kick that bounced straight through the backfield untouched into the net.  

After the game was tied at 2-2, the two squads took nine shots combined, but none would make it past the keeper.  The game would head to extra time where once again no one could seem to get the ball in the net.  The game had to be decided, so the situation called for penalty kicks.  Sonoma State and San Bernardino were tied at 3-3 in penalty shots through four rounds of attempts for both teams.  Seawolf Taylor Enzler knocked in the fifth attempt for Sonoma State.  Seawolf goalkeeper Luis blocked the Coyotes final attempt to win the game and book the Seawolves’ ticket to the CCAA Semifinals.

Semifinals will take place in Turlock this Friday where the Seawolves will take on top-seeded team Cal State Los Angeles.  The CCAA Finals will take place on Sunday in the same location.  Kickoff on Friday is set for 1:30 p.m. at Warrior Stadium.