Women's soccer dominate with back-to-back shutouts

The women’s soccer team has been fiercely battling their competitors this season, and after completing three consecutive shutout games, they are taking the season by force and dominating the field.

On Friday the Seawolves defeated Cal State Monterey Bay 4-0. Sara Van Wagoner assisted in three of the four points that led the team to victory. In doing so Wagoner tied Sonoma State’s record for most assists in a game, the first time this has occurred since 2006.

The game verses Monterey Bay was a quick scoring game for the women of the Sonoma State team. Not even three minutes into the matchup, Miriam Bloom scored the first goal after being assisted by Van Wagoner and Taylor Enzler. The second goal followed quickly, taking place only 17 minutes later by Kristyn Lerma, who was also assisted by Van Wagoner.

The third and fourth goal of the games were made in the second half. The third by Enzler, and the final goal of the game was made by Courtney Shoda. 

“I was really happy with the effort we gave today. It was a great team performance and reflective of what we’ve been working on in training. The team keeps improving and that’s our main goal overall,” Emiria Salzmann Dunn said to Sonoma State University Athletics.

Following the game on Friday, the Sonoma State women’s soccer team took home another victory Sunday. The game was moved to Cook Sypher field in Santa Rosa because of the rainy weather. 

Sundays game verses the San Francisco State Gators was more of a challenge for the team. As the matchup progressed, neither team had yet to score, which led the game to enter overtime.

 Not even a full minute into overtime, Sam Layman successfully scored her first goal as a Seawolf, winning the game. 

This game not only marked Layman’s first goal, but it was also Allison Hadidian’s fourth shutout of the season, marking a substantial milestone for the goalkeeper.

The women of the team not only have maintained a bold offensive game, they have also been dominating on their defensive end. In Friday’s game against Monterey Bay, out of the 35 total shots taken, only four of them were not from the Sonoma State team. Only one of the four shots attempted by Monterey Bay was on target. 

Sunday, the team had a similar experience. There were 26 total shots made, 21 by Sonoma State and five were attempted by San Francisco State. Out of the attempts made by the Gators, none of these were on-goal shots. 

After two successful games, the women of the Sonoma State soccer team are nationally ranked at 19. They are also second to UC San Diego in the CCAA rankings with 23 points. 

With two games approaching against Chico and Humboldt, the women of the Sonoma State team will fight it out in the attempt of surpassing UC San Diego for the number one spot in CCAA.