Men’s soccer split weekend matchups

Sonoma State University hosted No. 23 ranked Cal Poly Pomona Broncos Friday, demonstrating a timely win after tying with Azusa Pacific a week prior. 

The Seawolves were able to shut down the Broncos with a 2-1 win in their conference opener. The team was ready to pounce from the whistle, and within the fourth minute the Broncos were called for a handball violation, leading Joshua Sanchez to score his penalty kick. Sanchez, a junior midfielder, tallied his first career goal in this game against Cal Poly Pomona. 

The second goal was tacked on by Armando Coronel after 29 minutes. Coronel was able to make his second career goal after rebounding a missed shot by Luis Mendoza. Coronel is a veteran on the team, and helped lead the Seawolves to victory. 

“Our team is confident and well prepared going into every game, which will make us hard to beat,” said Coronel. 

The fields were filled with an intense energy amongst the Broncos’ and Seawolves’ fan bases. This energy flowed through the players as tensions began to rise and they became more aggressive in play. By the end of the game, the two teams were forced to only have ten players on the field instead of the typical 11 players, when each team received a second yellow card. 

In the second half of the game, the Broncos bucked back when Sergi Monso was able to score against Mitch North. 

“We need to get better at managing our lead [and] we got caught up trying to defend our lead instead of playing our game,” said North. “Winning a close game is a skill that we will need to improve on as the season goes on.” 

Once the Seawolves are able to stay with their lead and push through the victory, the team can go far. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case on Sunday. After a scoreless first match against Cal State San Bernardino, the Coyotes howled louder than the Seawolves and scored the only goal of the game in the 68 minute, putting Sonoma State’s CCAA record at 1-1-0.

The Seawolves look to redeem Sunday’s loss when they face off against Cal State East Bay on Friday at 7 p.m.