The Lady Seawolves put together a dominant performance on Friday afternoon with a convincing 2-0 win over the Academy of Art. Senior midfielder Lauren Curtin netted a brace to help Sonoma State University improve its record to 6-0-0.
From the opening whistle, it was apparent that there was going to be only one winner by the time 90 minutes was up. The Seawolves controlled play from the start stringing together pass after pass and trying to dissect and open up the Urban Knights defense. It also didn’t take long for them to get their opener.
Senior midfielder Lauren Curtin broke the deadlock after 20 minutes as she sent an absolute screamer of a free kick from about 30 yards out into the top right corner. It was a strike of pure class that left Urban Knights’ keeper Rachel Rempe with no chance. Curtin was unlucky not to double Sonoma’s lead 10 minutes later after she was put clear through on goal after a pass from defender Megan Foy on the left wing, only to see her shot saved by the Urban Knights keeper.
Sonoma State continued to control the game throughout the final 15 minutes mustering together multiple chances. Oddly enough, the ball didn’t find the back of the net and Seawolves went into the half with a 1-0 lead.
The second half saw much of the same from the Seawolves as they outshot their opponents 14-2. Again the Lady Wolves controlled possession from the outset, creating a handful of opportunities.
The biggest of those chances came on 55 minutes as the Seawolves had three clear opportunities on goal from point blank range and yet didn’t find the back of the net. The missed chance wouldn’t deter them though as they found their second goal in the 60 minute mark as a pristine corner into the box opened for Curtin; who then calmly slotted home her fifth goal of the season from about eight yards out.
The Lady Seawolves continued to push players forward, but were unlucky when it came to doubling their tally as they hit the post twice in the final 20 minutes. Despite having a bevy of opportunities, Sonoma State should come away from this victory feeling happy with their performance. They completely outclassed the Academy of Art on the afternoon and showed why they are ranked No. 22 in the country.
Further, if the score line didn’t provide an idea of how dominant they were, the stat sheet sure did. Sonoma State: 20 shots, 16 on goal, 11 corners. Academy of Art: 3 shots, 2 on goal, 0 corners.
The Seawolves continued their dominant play on the weekend as they routed the Notre Dame de Namur Argonauts in front of their home crowd 5-1. The win propels the women’s team to an undefeated record of 7-0-0, giving them the much-needed confidence heading into the start of their CCAA campaign.
Junior Margi Osmundson got Sonoma State off to a flying start as she opened the scoring on 10 minutes. Despite Notre Dame’s equalizer 20 minutes later, the Seawolves remained compact, controlling the game for the next hour.
SSU continued to push players up the field for most of the game, but the second goal continued to elude them. Their efforts were finally rewarded though as Alex Sifuentes broke the deadlock on 53 minutes.
It was the spark the Seawolves needed as they continued to pelt the Argonauts’ goal, scoring three more times in the next 35 minutes. An own goal a minute after Sifuentes broke the deadlock, along with goals from Lauren Curtin and Melissa Lafranchi saw the Seawolves finish off what was an absolutely dominant weekend of soccer.
After 90 hard fought minutes, the stat-line read: Sonoma State: 14 shots, 12 on goal, 6 corners. Notre Dame de Namur: 6 shots, 3 on goal, 3 corners.
The Seawolves side is strong, and their performances over the weekend continue to prove that. Catch the Lady Seawolves on Thursday as they open up their CCAA campaign when they host Cal State Monterey Bay at 1:30 p.m.