Seawolves enter playoffs as No. 2 seed

The Seawolves finished their regular season with two wins, placing them in the semifinals for the CCAA Tournament. Sonoma beat Dominguez Hills 3-0 on Thursday, and beat Cal State Los Angeles 3-0 on Saturday. 

These back-to-back victories placed Sonoma State into the semifinals on Nov. 4. Sonoma is ranked 20th in the league.

The team maintained a strong mindset throughout the end of their season. 

“We wanted to end on a high note to keep the momentum moving forward to carry us in the CCAA,” said Kristen Spear.

The weekend caused the Seawolves to have some downfalls since the rain caused the games to switch locations. 

Thursday’s game was played at E. Washington Park, instead of Sonoma State’s home fields, but this did not stop the team from playing their hardest. Seawolves Holle Depina, Taylor Enzler and Alex Sifuentes helped Sonoma receive a win. 

Depina scored after receiving a cross pass from Sara Van Wagner, which started the team off with a 1-0 advantage within the first half. Taylor Enzler then scored with a pass from Miriam Bloom. 

Bloom didn’t stop there, she later passed to Alex Sifuentes, who scored the final goal of the day, finishing 3-0.

Dominguez Hills had a total of seven saves and 14 shots while Sonoma had two saves with 18 shots. Sonoma’s goalkeepers Spear and Allison Hadidian showed a strong defensive effort for the Seawolves. 

This win led the team to its No. 2 seed, jumping one spot in this week’s official NCAA Division II W Region Poll. UC San Diego received the conference regular season title.

“We’ve refined a lot of the fundamentals and that’s the key difference is that we’re doing the small things a lot better,” said Alex Sifuentes.

The last regular game of the 2015-2016 season honored the seniors on the team for their last home game: Hadidian, Anna Martin, Jori Wider, Enzler, and Madision Minton. After another adjustment from the home field, the teams played at the Santa Rosa College’s Sypher Field. 

Two goals were made by Courtney Shoda Sifuentes. Sifuentes was assisted by her sister Cecilia Sifuentes leading to the team’s second goal. In minute 59, Shoda scored her second and the last goal of the game, wrapping up the final home game with a strong win. 

Hadidian accomplished her 33rd career win as the SSU goalkeeper, a new record for Sonoma State’s women’s soccer program.

Even though the team has won their recent games, they need to continue to make improvements to take home another championship. 

“We always played with heart and desire but sometimes we needed more,” said Kristen Spear.

The team will have a bye so they can rest and prepare for their upcoming competition on Friday. They will play the winner between No. 3 seed Cal State San Bernadino and No. 6 seed Cal State L.A.