The Sonoma State Women’s Soccer team got their first experience of conference play this past weekend.
The lady Seawolves went undefeated in their Southern California road trip, where they tied Cal State Los Angeles 0-0 in a double overtime match and conquered over Cal State Dominguez Hills 2-1.
On Friday night in L.A., the Seawolves took on the defending CCAA champions, the Cal State Los Angeles Golden Eagles.
Last season, the Golden Eagles defeated SonomaState twice, once during the regular season and another time in the CCAA tournament, which ultimately ended their 2014 season.
However, junior midfielder Krystal Luna says her team was ready to fight.
“We were pretty confident in the preseason we had,” said Luna. “Cal State L.A. is a different team than they were last year. But, then again, so are we.”
During the first 15 minutes of the game, the Seawolves tested the Golden Eagle defense. The Seawolves recorded five shots in the time frame and added two corner kicks.
By the end of the first half, Sonoma State had attempted nine shots, with four on goal. Senior goalkeeper Ashley Luis recorded four of her eight saves in the first 45 minutes.
Again, both teams found little success in the second half, even though the Seawolves outshot the Golden Eagles 10 to 4.
The consequence of the tie at the end of 90 minutes was overtime.
However, the 20 minutes spent in double overtime did not make a difference in the score because neither team could get it past the other’s defense in the end.
Two shots on goal were made in the 106th and 107th minute; the first by senior Margi Osmundson and the second by sophomore Sara Van Wagoner, which excited the game. But, L.A.’s goalie Adriana Maldonado saved both attempts
Luis also recorded an important save of her own within the last two minutes of the game.
After a total of 110 minutes of play, the score remained 0-0. The tie brought Sonoma’s record to 2-1-2 and Cal State L.A.’s to 0-3-2 on the year.
After the spectacular defensive performance Friday, the Seawolves hoped to bring that same amount of intensity to their offense in their Sunday morning match against the Toros of Dominguez Hills.
Sonoma State took an early lead in minute 15 when a header by senior Marissa Marable scooted right past the Toro goalkeeper.
However, their lead was soon relinquished when Dominguez’ Johana Rosas rocketed it past Luis in minute 16 to knot up the score.
Tied at one goal a piece going into the second half, just six minutes later at the start, Seawolf freshman Bella Amyx recorded her first career goal after catching a rebound off the post and sending the ball to the back of the net.
The Seawolves’ defense would then take over the rest of the way. The only shot taken by the Toros in the second half came in minute 76 but proved to be unsuccessful.
Sonoma State’s defense did not only dominate the second half, it did so for all 90 minutes. The Toros could only get off three shots the entire game, opposed to the Seawolve’s whopping 25.
Amyx’ clutch goal ended up being the crucial difference in the game. The time expired and the 2-1 victory boosted the Seawolves’ record to 3-1-2 overall and 1-0-1 in conference.
The Seawolves will finish off their seven-game road trip on Wed. in Arcata, playing against the Humboldt State Lumberjacks at 12:30 p.m. On Sunday Sept. 27, they will play their home-opener at the Seawolf Soccer Field against rival Chico State at 11:30 a.m.