Seawolves split conference-opening weekend

The Sonoma State Seawolves split their weekend games on Friday and Sunday, adding one win and one loss to their overall record. Sonoma’s first loss of the season came against Cal State Monterey Bay on Friday, which broke its five game winning streak. The team played both games on the road, but the Seawolves were determined to bring home a win for Sonoma as they shut out Cal State East Bay on Sunday to improve their record (6-1).

The Seawolves’ were handed their first loss of the season in a heartbreaking match that went into overtime against the Cal State Monterey Bay Otters. Sonoma State was looking strong as it had five shots on goal in the first half, while the Otters had a mere two against the Seawolves. Though it was a scoreless game at halftime, the Seawolves applied pressure as they shot on the Otters’ goal seven times in the second half. As the remaining final minutes drained out of the second half, both teams knew that overtime was on the horizon. There was no doubt that each team wanted the win, but in the eighth minute of overtime, the Otters‘ sophomore forward, Haley Nishimoto, knocked in a goal and left the Seawolves both devastated and defeated at 1-0.

After the loss against the Monterey Bay Otters, the Seawolves were eager to get back on a new winning streak. On Sunday, Sonoma travelled to the stadium of the Cal State East Bay Pioneers and it was clear the team came to fight. Nine minutes into the first half, Sonoma’s forward Alexis Espitia, attacked the Pioneers’ net and scored a goal for the Seawolves. The Pioneers were unable to answer but they made the Seawolves work on the defensive end. Just when the game seemed like it was over, Sonoma turned up the heat and scored another goal in the 86th minute of the game. The Seawolves’ Paige Martinsen, freshman forward, rifled in a shot that made it clear there was only a victory in Sonoma’s future. With the final score 2-0, Sonoma was able to bring home the win it had longed for and proved that the team was worthy of its national ranking at No. 10.

“We used our loss as a motivator to make sure we came out strong all game long to get the win. Our mentality was very focused. The loss hurt us but we aren’t going to let it keep us down,” senior forward Sara Van Wagoner said.

After the tough loss on Friday and victorious win on Sunday, the women of Sonoma State look to take on one home game and one away game this coming week. The Seawolves start on the road against Humboldt State at noon on Wednesday, and have a quick turnaround time as they play UC Santa Cruz at noon on Friday, back on Sonoma’s territory.

“The plan is for us to keep up our 2 percent better mentality for every game and practice so that we can get better than we were the day before,” Espitia said.

Sonoma hopes to pick up where it left off, restart the winning streak and put the loss behind it. No team is perfect, but the Seawolves strive for excellence and there is no doubt that they will come ready to play.