The Sonoma State men’s soccer team split their two games this week while keeping on the hunt for a postseason berth. Prior to Wednesday’s contest against the Humboldt State Lumberjacks, the official NCAA Division ll west region rankings were released and the Seawolves claimed the No. 6 spot. If Sonoma State kept this spot by the end of the regular season, they would clinch a postseason berth for the first time since 2010.
With postseason dreams in mind, the Seawolves put together a dominating victory over the lumberjacks 3-0. In the first half Sonoma posted 17 shots to Humboldts 1. Alek Cucuk found the back of the net in minute 35, and shortly after Eric Alvarado converted a penalty kick to give the Seawolves a 2-0 advantage going into the half. Sonoma State continued to roll into the second half when Raad Aljabi intercepted a Lumberjack pass and turned it into a goal, giving them the 3-0 lead that would eventually become the final score.
On Friday, Sonoma State travelled north to take on division rival Chico State, looking to retain their first place division standing in the CCAA. After 88 minutes of play, the score remained tied at zero, until Chico’s Dylan Wakefield stunned Sonoma State, scoring the winning goal with just 92 seconds left in regulation. Although Sonoma State had more shots on goal than Chico (5 to 3), none off their shots found the back of the net, ultimately leading to a scoreless effort from the Seawolves. This loss to Chico ended Sonoma State’s eight game unbeaten streak.
With just two games left in the regular season, Sonoma State holds third place in the California Collegiate Athletic Association standings, three points out of first place. They trail only Chico State and UC San Diego, and are just above fourth place Cal Poly Pomona.
“It was a tough loss. I think the biggest thing we can take away from that game is that in this conference anybody can be beaten on any given day,” said sophomore Midfielder Sandro Schoenhoefer. “It was a hard lesson to learn especially against our rivals on the road, but none the less the team’s general feeling is that we know we will bounce back allowing us to go into our last regular season games with the utmost confidence that we will win and finish out the season.”
Sonoma State returns home this week to play Dominguez Hills on Thursday and Cal State LA on Saturday to wrap up the regular season.