Men’s soccer split their two games over the long weekend in two intense matchups that took place in the city of Burnaby in British Columbia, Canada. On Thursday afternoon, Sonoma State took on Simon Fraser in a duel that ended in a loss for the Seawolves 3-0. Sunday called for a battle with Hawaii-Hilo that ended in an extra time thriller that led to a 1-0 win for Sonoma State. The men’ soccer team performed to an ability that shows potential for a solid season.
Simon Fraser was scheduled to be a tough opponent coming off of back-to-back region championships and contending in the NCAA tournament in those two most recent seasons.
Being the season opener for both teams, both schools were looking to start off the season with a “W”. Simon Fraser kept the Seawolves scoreless as they knocked in goals in the 16th, 19th and 27th minutes. Sonoma was trailing from early in the game and only had one definite chance to put one in. In the 40th minute, SSU midfielder Zanin Mahic received a penalty kick in the box.
Clan goalkeeper Brandon Watson came up with the save to keep the shutout moving smoothly. Simon Fraser outshot Sonoma 21-5 in the season opener and showed that they are a true competitor in the region. The Seawolves had to forget about this and look onward to Sunday’s match.
For their second and last game in British Columbia, the Seawolves took on Hawaii Hilo in what would turn into a shoot-out from beginning to end. The 90 minutes of regulation went scoreless on both sides of the field. The game headed to extra time where Seawolf defender Andres Ramirez tapped in a one-timer from a magnificent cross that was kicked over by Ryan Rohane. In extra time, both teams shot at the goal three times but the Seawolves came out on top knocking in a 99th-minute game-winning goal.
It was a clutch showing from Sonoma to keep consistent ball movement and score the late, but much needed goal. Sonoma outshot Hawaii Hilo 20-9 throughout the game. Zanin Mahic led Sonoma State with four shots and had two of them on target. Seawolf goalkeeper Sean Taufer made four saves in the first half to keep UHH scoreless through the regulation period. The extra time victory cashes in as head coach Marcus Ziemer’s 300th career win in his 24 years as the leader of SSU men’s soccer.
The loss and win the Seawolves accumulated through the weekend puts them at a 1-1 win-loss record. Sonoma looks forward to its 2014 home field debut as they take on California Baptist Thursday evening starting at 5 p.m.