Men's soccer still seeking first victory

The Sonoma State University Men’s soccer team returned to action this week in Southern California for a two game road trip. Still seeking their first victory of 2016, the Seawolves took on the Lancers of California Baptist University. 

“Cal Baptist is a very good team and they jumped on us right off the first whistle,” said head coach Marcus Ziemer. 

The Lancers’ aggressive play payed off in the fourteenth minute of the game, when Luca Tschaidse scored on a penalty kick. 

The defense held steady for both teams as the score remained 1-0 until the 78 minute of the game, when Lancer Aidan Apodaca found the back of the net for his fourth goal of the season. With the score 2-0 in favor of the Lancers, Sonoma State continued to fight. 

“Even after that we kept our heads up and battled and got a goal at the end of the game,” said Head Coach Marcus Ziemer. 

The Seawolves’ lone goal came off a header from Ryan Rohane with five seconds left in the game, but it was too little, too late as the score still remained in favor of Cal Baptist as regulation ended. 

The Seawolves remained in Southern California, taking on Azusa Pacific University last Saturday. Seeking that elusive first victory, the Seawolves had to settle for their third tie of the pre-season. 

In the first half of regulation, both teams seemed evenly matched, with four shots each without finding the back of the net. 

Defense seemed to be the name of the game as the scoreless first half translated into the second half. In the 65 minute of the game,  Andrew Ogilvy received his second yellow card of the match, and after the Seawolves were outshot 10-3 by Azusa Pacific, but once again the Sonoma State defense stepped up. Mitch North stopped nine goals in this contest, a season high for the goalkeeper, while Armando Colonel led the offense with three total shots, two on goal. 

Still without their first win, the Seawolves retain a positive outlook. 

“First of all I’m very proud of the freshmen who stepped up this weekend and performed the way they did,” said midfielder Sandro Schoenhoefer. “I think this weekend taught us the hard lesson that finishing our chances early is crucial. Aside from that, we dominated both games but couldn’t find a way to get a goal, whether it was hitting the post, offside goals or referee interference we just couldn’t find the back of the net.” 

The team now knows what they have to do to be ready for their conference opener this upcoming week. 

“We are a very young ambitious team with a slight chip on our shoulders going into our opener this upcoming Friday against Pomona,” said Schoenhoefer.

The Sonoma State men’s soccer team looks to start conference play strong as they return home to take on the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos Friday at 3 p.m.