The Sonoma State women’s soccer team rang in the start of the new semester with an exciting weekend at home as the Lady Seawolves dominated the field against UC Santa Cruz on Friday. They also played an exhilarating game against a team of familiar faces in the Alumni Game on Sunday.
The intensity and excitement of a fresh season was tangible in the air even before the start of the game as the Lady Seawolves formed their huddle and ritualistic pump-up on the sidelines. Fans were also excited and loudly cheering as the starting lineup manned the field and game number two in the 2014 season for Sonoma State women’s soccer had begun.
The Lady Seawolves came out victorious in a 3-0 win against the Banana Slugs this past Friday in the second of four exhibition games before the start of their season. Senior Lauren Curtin, returning All-American player, tore the field up, scoring all three of Sonoma’s goals in the second half. They occurred at 51, 79 and 81 minutes into the half.
“[Curtin] gave a performance against Santa Cruz that a senior should give: leading by example, working hard, putting away her chances,” said head coach Emiria Salzmann Dunn of Curtin.
The summer break definitely didn’t hinder the Lady Seawolves’ game or endurance, as the offense consistently kept possession, fired shot after barely missed shot at the Banana Slugs’ goalkeeper, and worked hard to set up plays for each other. The Lady Seawolves outshot the Banana Slugs in a 23-7 differential. The defenders also contributed tremendously to Sonoma’s success, and were aggressive, unrelenting and easily shut out their opponents under the supervision and sure hands of their new goalkeeper Ashley Luis, a Santa Rosa Junior College transfer.
After an exhilarating victory, the Lady Seawolves spent an enjoyable Sunday afternoon with a little friendly competition amongst generations of past Seawolves. But a learning and growing experience for the team and coaching staff stemmed from the fun as well.
“The UCSC game and the Alumni game show continued improvement and a team that has very good natural chemistry,” Salzmann Dunn said of her team. “They are seriously competitive in trainings, but when they come together in a game situation they work extremely hard for each other. It is a selfless and determined group.”
With a second place CCAA record of 10-3-3 in their 2013 season and victory already under their belts, the 2014 season is sure to be a great one for Sonoma State women’s soccer.
“If we can continue to train at a high competitive level, stay healthy, and continue to work on our team chemistry, we feel confident we will have another great season,” Salzmann Dunn said.
The Lady Seawolves head to Oakland next weekend for a scrimmage against Holy Names, and then kick off the official 2014 season at Azusa Pacific on Thursday Sept. 4.