At the University Soccer Field in Chico, a clash of rivals took place between the 20th-ranked Sonoma State University Seawolves and the Chico State Wildcats.
It started off strong for the Seawolves as Sam Laymanscored for the second time in three matches, putting the team up early 1-0 in the first half. However, there was no time to celebrate for the Seawolves. Chico State struck back and evened the score just four minutes later. As a result, the matched ended in a 1-1 tie.
Friday’s game was stimulating from the start. Four minutes into the match a penalty kick was rewarded to Chico State’s Shelby Lanksbury. Sonoma goalkeeper Kristen Spear came up with a big stop on Lanksbury’s attempt to keep the score even at 0-0.
At 18:45, Kristyn Lerma passed the ball to Layman who put Sonoma State on top by one. As quickly as Sonoma State scored, Wildcats’ Katie Brown netted the equalizer four minutes later at 22:20. The match was 1-1.
Both Chico and Sonoma State had their chances to put the game away, but none would be successful. Time expired with neither team coming out on top. As a result, the game ended in a 1-1 tie.
In Friday’s match, Chico outshot Sonoma, 19-13, including a 10-5 margin in shots on goal. Spear made a career-high nine saves in goal for the Seawolves. With two matches left, the 20th ranked Seawolves remain in second place in the CCAA standings with 25 points (8-1-1). This puts Sonoma two points behind UC San Diego (13-2, 9-0 CCAA). The Wildcats moved to 7-7-2 (3-7-1 CCAA).
For their final two regular season games, the Seawolves return home to face Cal State Dominguez Hills on Thursday, Oct 25. at 12:30 p.m. On Saturday Oct. 29, the regular season will close with Sonoma taking on Cal State L.A. at 11:30 a.m.