The Sonoma State University Men’s Soccer Team, a program which has ushered in eleven California Collegiate Athletic Association conference championships, nine NCAA tournament appearances and a National NCAA Division II Championship, is training hard for its 2016 season. In order to prepare for the upcoming competition, the team participated in a friendly scrimmage with fellow alumni of Sonoma State on August 27.
Family members fellow students and passionate soccer fans arrived at the Seawolf Soccer Field last Saturday afternoon to witness the men’s soccer team in action one last time before the 2016 season opener. Both teams came ready to compete, as they both anxiously awaited to demonstrate their skills.
As the opening whistle blew, it did not take long for the alumni to demonstrate they still possessed strong soccer ability, punching in the first goal of the scrimmage only a few minutes into the first half. The middle of the first half consisted of both teams controlling the time of possession with few shot attempts. Despite a close shot for the equalizer goal, the alumni added to its league with its second goal.
The Seawolves continued its relentless effort to stay competitive by attempting many close kicks and headers that could have been goals. Despite their effort, the alumni were able to tally another goal, leaving a half time score of 3-0.
The crowd continued to cheer on the Seawolves as the second half approached. The second half started off with alumni dominating by scoring an early goal. The rest of the half, both teams traded possession back and forth. The competitive spirit was in the air as the scrimmage lasted an extra fifteen minutes. Before the referee blew the final whistle, the alumni were able to score one final goal with the final score being 5-0. Despite the outcome of the scrimmage, both teams showed high class sportsmanship giving each other the respect both teams deserved.
The Seawolves are coming off a 10-7-2 record during the 2015 regular season, with TJ Perez and Brenton Frame leading the team in scoring last season with seven goals each. The 2015 regular season saw the Seawolves advancing to the CCAA Championship Tournament and staying in contention for an NCAA bid until the end of the season. A couple of playmakers are returning the upcoming 2016 season and are focused on returning to the NCAA tournament for the first time in almost seven years.
Sonoma State Seawolves can make a strong case for optimism this upcoming 2016 regular season. The California Collegiate Athletic Association released their 2016 men’s soccer preseason poll with the Seawolves ranked #4. This ranking would put Sonoma State in line for a berth in the postseason tournament, a goal that the Seawolves have been working towards. Competitive teams such as Cal Poly Pomona, the defending west region champions, will provide tough competition as the Seawolves look to play well in the regular season and possibly advance into the postseason. The Men’s Soccer Team regular season opener begins on Sept. 1 against Seattle Pacific.