Seawolves grab nail-biter

Men’s soccer played host on Thursday against opponent California Baptist at their home field here in Rohnert Park.  California Baptist came in hungry to pick up their first win after coming off of a loss and tie to previous contenders.  The Seawolves were looking to get their second win in their home opener over the Lancers and did just that with a golden-goal extra time score to put the game away 2-1.

This may seem like your usual, smooth Cinderella story game with a game-winning goal but it was instead a rough and bumpy ride to get the victory.  The Lancers didn’t take long to knock one in.  Just seven minutes into the game, California Baptist’s Paul Oliver made the shot from close-range to slip past SSU goalkeeper Sean Taufer.  The early goal gave the Lancers a one-nil lead.  

The two teams went scoreless for the next 49 minutes until the early second half. The Lancers made the mistake of turning over the ball in their own backfield.  The regain of possession started with passes between strikers Armando Coronel and Brenton Frame and led to a stellar 18-yard blast from Seawolf Raspreet Sandhu.  The shot propelled into the right corner and was shot by Sandhu from a fair distance.  The goal would serve as the equalizer to tie things up 1-1.

The match stayed consistent and so did the players.  The two teams continued to battle all the way through regulation time.  In the 89th minute of the game the Lancers came just short of closing out the match with a game-winner.  

Cal Baptist player Aidan Apodaca boomed a shot from the right side of the field that sailed over all players and bounced off the crossbar.  CBU’s Taylor Moe made the rebound but shot wide to end their last minute chance.  The game would then head to extra time.  

In the first period of extra time, Sandhu dribbled quickly down the right sideline and made a smooth cross to the far post where Raad Aljabi received the ball.  Aljabi kicked it to the top of the box where he would find teammate Sean Callahan.  Callahan one-touched the ball and launched it past the keeper into the back of the net to seal the win.  Sonoma’s crowd went wild as the goal was made and the SSU team made their way to celebrate on the field. The goal came in the 94th minute to claim the victory and put the Seawolves at a record of 2-1-0.  

Sonoma not only dominated this game, it also dominated the stats sheet outshooting CBU 14-8 and taking four times more corner kicks.  SSU goalie Sean Taufer made three saves, all in the second half.  The Seawolves look to take on Academy of Art at their home field on Thursday at 5 p.m.

Last night, the Seawolves played their fourth regular season match versus Fresno Pacific winning with a 2-1 score. Zanin Mahic scored the first goal and Eric Alvarado made the game-winning goal to leave the Sun Birds in the dirt, handing them a tough loss.  The Seawolves improved not only their record but their chemistry as a team with much potential this season.

SSU now has a 3-1 record with the recent wins. They are displaying an early win percentage of .750 as the hustle for tournament qualification moves forward. The Seawolves look to take on Academy of Art at their home field on Thursday evening at 5 p.m.