Men’s soccer team falters late into the season

Losses can be taken in two different ways: as a positive or negative, with no alternatives. It is no secret that the Sonoma State men’s soccer team have had a tough season. With their current record (2-4-1 CCAA), the pressure is on to finish the season with more wins than losses. Fortunately, Sonoma has fought for every goal and minute, and turned each of their losses into a learning experience for the team. 

 The weekend of Sept. 29, Sonoma played two nail-biting matches that were both sent into overtime. The Seawolves were unable to close as they accepted a defeat against Stanislaus State and their second tie of the season against Chico State. The following weekend, the Seawolves hit the road and played two away games at Cal State San Bernardino and Cal Poly Pomona.

 On Friday, Sonoma played the San Bernardino Coyotes in a match that ended in a defeat. Neither team wanted a tie game on their hands, but unfortunately for the Seawolves, the team fell short and gave the Coyotes exactly what they had hoped for – a win at home. 

The teams were neck-and-neck as they left the game scoreless at halftime. It wasn’t until the 62nd minute that the Coyotes’ senior midfielder Tony Lo received the ball close to the Seawolves’ goal and knocked it in to give them the 1-0 lead over Sonoma. The Seawolves were unable to respond, as sophomore goalkeeper Jacob Huber had three saves to record a shutout for the San Bernardino Coyotes.

 The sting of Friday’s match lingered over the Seawolves, however the team is resilient and knew it had a tough matchup against Cal Poly Pomona following their loss. Things were looking good for Sonoma as they scored their first goal 41 minutes into the first half. 

Sonoma’s senior midfielder Josh Sanchez scored on the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos’  after he was given a nearly perfect assist by both Andrew Ogilvy and TJ Perez. Although the Seawolves were up at halftime, 1-0, the Broncos outshot them 11-7. Cal Poly kept the pressure high in the second half as they dominated the field, outshooting the Seawolves 16-4. The Broncos had a season-high of 13 shots on goal during the game, which lead to two goals in the second half. 

Luis Najera Jr., senior forward, tied the game in the 74th minute with a goal that was assisted by William Johnson Des Bordes. The game-winning goal was made by the Bronco’s Cyro Oliveria, junior midfielder, in the 86th minute to seal the victory for Cal Poly Pomona. 

 With consecutive matchups against Cal State San Marcos and UC San Diego being cancelled because of the local fires, the team will face Cal State L.A. on Friday, and Cal State Dominguez Hills on Saturday.