Men’s soccer splits weekend series

The men’s soccer team took a win and a loss from this past weekend leading a 5-1 victory over the Academy Of Art and losing 3-1 to Notre Dame de Namur.  After the Seawolves’ season-opening loss to Simon Fraser, they went onto a 4-game winning streak until landing their match against Notre Dame.  The Seawolves stand at a 4-2-0 record as the season moves forward.  

 “I think as a team we need to become more physical to compete with the bigger schools in our conference,” said midfielder Alessandro Schoenhoefer.

The Seawolves’ game on Thursday evening against Academy of Art resulted in a blowout by SSU’s explosive offense.  Five different Sonoma State University players netted the ball in to claim the victory by a big margin.  Sonoma started their scoring frenzy from early on as Sean Callahan and Raspreet Sandhu worked together to find Chris Pihl who made his first goal of the season just five minutes into the match.  

Just four minutes later, Eric Alvarado cannoned a shot into the net for an early 2-nil lead.  The game continued back and forth and went scoreless until the early second-half when Raad Aljabi connected with Armando Coronel for a goal to put them at 3-0 in the 52nd minute.  

About 10 minutes later, Aljabi along with Josh Sanchez fed the ball to Brenton Frame to score and make it 4-0 with the Seawolves leading.  Academy of Art scored one goal, their first and only of the evening, when a corner was crossed over and Taufer made the save on a header.  The ball bounced to Academy of Art player Lennart Fleschhut to give them a score making it 4-1.  The Seawolves weren’t satisfied just yet, as midfielder Tyler Troup banked in the final goal of the game near the right post to clinch the 5-1 victory for Sonoma State.

The win extended the Seawolve’s win-streak to four games and pushed them closer to success.  SSU outshot ARTU 14 to 12 and Seawolf goalkeeper Sean Taufer had five saves on the day.  The team had to look forward to their following game against Notre Dame de Namur. 

“We are a young squad and this loss is something to learn from as we move toward our future as a program,” said junior Dylan Stafford.

This past Sunday afternoon, the Seawolves took on Notre Dame de Namur in the opposing home field located in Belmont.  From the start, both offenses were at work as they continued to advance the ball up field and attack one another’s sides. Sandhu had a shot on goal in the opening minutes but was denied by NDNU goalie Jay Tsuruoka.  In the 13th minute, Notre Dame was awarded a corner kick and NDNU player Hunter Le Blanc bent the set piece over Sean Taufer and into the back of the net on the far post.  

Later in the 39th minute, another corner kick from Le Blanc went to the same area of the goal and was tapped in by Robert Hines III to make a 2-0 Argonaut lead before halftime.  After halftime, the Seawolves decreased their deficit after Cedric Dinane sent a shot from the right side of the goal to the left post and in.  The 55th minute Seawolf goal cut the NDNU lead to 2-1.  In the final moments of the game, NDNU’s Tyler Matas got past defenders and tapped in the final goal to take the game 3-1.  

“We as a team are confident that the game against Hawaii-Pacific will put us back on the right track toward the beginning of conference play this Friday,” said Sandhu.

NDNU outshot Sonoma State 17-15 for the game, and outshot SSU 11-6 just in the second half.  Taufer applied five saves as NDNU’s Tsuruoka made four.  Notre Dame de Namur improved to a 2-3-1 record as the Seawolves fell to a 4-2 record snapping their four-game win streak.  SSU will play one more non-conference match against Hawaii Pacific at home this Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.  CCAA conference play will begin for the Seawolves as they host Cal State Monterey Bay on Friday at 4 p.m.