The Sonoma State Men’s Soccer team came into the week seeking a spot in the California Collegiate Athletic Association playoffs. Their toughest opponent this week may have very well not been the teams they played, but the weather that forced them off their home field. Despite the challenges posed by the rain, the Seawolves won both of their games, clinching a spot in the playoffs.
The first of those victories came on Thursday when Sonoma State dominated Cal State Dominguez Hills with a 3-0 victory. Daniel Theobald came off the bench to find the back of the net twice, along with Alex Cucuk to lead the Sonoma offense. With the win, the Seawolves improved to 7-2-2 in CCAA play and clinched one of six spots in the playoffs.
Sonoma State looked strong throughout the course of the game, showing that they are still hungry for a spot in the NCAA tournament, in which they need to be in the Top 8 of the west region rankings.
Still rained out of their home field, the Seawolves took the field at Santa Rosa Junior college on senior night to take on the Eagles of Cal State Los Angeles. Sonoma State will say goodbye to six seniors including local Santa Rosa product Armando Coronel.
Going into halftime the game was scoreless, but some offensive explosion from both teams took the game tied 2-2 into overtime.
Sonoma State came out strong in the second half when Eric Alvarado scored on a penalty kick in minute 51. Just four minutes after, Cal State LA responded with a goal of their own by Ryan Arkelian. Sonoma State regained the lead when Maury Lopez scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season in minute 76. The cat-and-mouse game continued when Cal State L.A. found a way to respond quickly in minute 84 to send the game into overtime.
Just 2:09 into overtime, Andrew Ogilvy made a sensational play and headed a loose ball over the goalkeeper to score the game-winning goal. A wild on-field celebration ensued shortly after.
With the win, Sonoma State secured the No. 2 seed in the CCAA tournament and a first round bye next week in Turlock. Sonoma State finished just two points back of CCAA champion UC San Diego.
Sonoma State awaits the winner of the match between No.3 seed Cal Poly Pomona and No.6 seed Cal State LA in the CCAA semi-finals Friday in Turlock.