After starting off the season 3-0, the Sonoma State men’s soccer team has hit a snag in their season, having suffered some key losses to CCAA opponents.
In hopes of turning around their season and reigniting that spark, the Seawolves took the field last week against two, non-conference opponents, the Notre Dame de Namur Argonauts and the Academy of Art Urban Knights.
The Sonoma State offense failed to find the Argonaut net on Wednesday, resulting in a 1-0 loss. However, the Seawolves were able to bounce back on Friday, defeating the Urban Knights 2-0 at Fairmont Field in Pacifica.
The first half between the Seawolves and the Argonauts was a battle for both teams.
Within the first 13 minutes, Sonoma State had already taken three shots, two by sophomore Andrew Ogilvy and one by senior Evan Filipczyk.
Junior Jose Avalos made a valiant effort near the end of the first 45 minutes, attempting three shots of his own.
Each, however, were either wide or high of the net.
Sonoma State had outshot the Argos 9-6, with two on goal during that half.
The Seawolves had more shots than Notre Dame in the second half as well, shooting 11-9, giving them a 20-13 advantage over the entire 90 minutes.
But it was the shot made by Notre Dame’s Hunter Le Blanc in the 62nd minute that put the Seawolves down.
He buried the ball in the right side of the Seawolf net, beyond the reach of goalkeeper Mitch North.
That was the difference maker.
Within the last 10 minutes, the Seawolves fired six shots at the Argo net but each was unsuccessful. Time quickly expired and Notre Dame began their celebration on the Sonoma State field.
North was nearly perfect defending the net, recording four saves. Oglivy led his team with five shots, two of them on goal.
Friday, the Seawolves were on a mission to regain some much-needed momentum and put another game into the win column.
Senior midfielder Sean Callahan did just that for his team, contributing two goals on the day, which were also his first of the season.
Callahan’s first goal came in minute 27, after an assist by senior Brenton Frame, set him up perfectly to head the ball passed the Knight goalkeeper.
The Seawolf defense came out strong in the first half, only allowing three shots compared to their six.
Just over seven minutes into the second half, Callahan struck again. This time it was sophomore Raad Aljabi with the assist.
He served the ball to Callahan, who headed it once more into the Knight net.
North had another impressive day. This time, He contributed six saves, which kept the Knights scoreless throughout the entire 90 minutes.
The 2-0 shutout improved the Seawolves record to 6-4-2 overall.
The Seawolves currently stand in ninth place with six games left in the regular season; each of them being against CCAA opponents. They will need to bump up five places in order to make it to the CCAA championship tournament, beginning on Nov. 13.
As for now, the team will begin a four-game home stand this weekend where they will take on Cal State San Marcos at 12:30 p.m. on Friday and UC San Diego at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.