The nationally ranked Sonoma State University women’s soccer team held its dominance with a pair of shutouts at Humboldt State on Wednesday and against UC Santa Cruz at home on Friday. This season has been an exciting one for the Seawolves, they have had to work for every point it seems. Whether it’s on or off the field, this group of women has shown both its strength and determination and the love for the game.
As the team traveled to Arcata to play the Humboldt State Lumberjacks, Sonoma State planned to leave it all on the field. The Seawolves have battled for every win and anticipated doing just the same against the Lumberjacks.
In the first half alone, Sonoma shot on goal 11 times and only allowed Humboldt a single shot. With the clock at 26 minutes in the first half, Sonoma State’s senior defender Cecilia Sifuentes headed in a corner kick for a 1-0 lead.
The Seawolves’ senior midfielder, Holle Depina, was relentless and knocked in a shot in the 76th minute of the game, leaving little hope for the Humboldt Lumberjacks.
With time running out and Sonoma State up by two, it was clear that the Seawolves had secured another victory under their belts. It was time to pack up and prepare for their Friday match.
Although the Seawolves were bringing back a win for Sonoma, they had locked their mindsin and focused on the game ahead. On Friday, the Seawolves played the UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs on their own turf.
Fired up from the previous match, Sifuentes tapped in a goal within 21 minutes of play. With the early lead, Riley West, Sonoma’s sophomore defender, shot from 25 yards out and hooked it into the top left corner of the net making the score 2-0. Sifuentes added another goal for the Seawolves in the second half, making Sonoma State closer to sealing another victory.
In the 55th minute of the match, Sonoma State’s Kristyn Lerma, sophomore forward, and Sara Van Wagoner, senior forward, shot on the Banana Slug’s net. The victorious Seawolves ended the match 5-0, sending UC Santa Cruz back home in defeat.
“Looking at this weekend that is coming up, I think our team is hyper focused on our ongoing goal of being 2 percent better every day,” junior midfielder Bella Amyx said. “Whether that is in training or a in a match, we are always looking to be better in any way possible.”.
After decisive wins on Wednesday and Friday, the women of Sonoma State look to take on two home games this coming week.
The Seawolves play Stanislaus State at 12:30 p.m. on Friday and have a quick turnaround time as they play Chico State at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday at Sonoma State’s home field.
“We are looking forward to playing some opponents that are truly going to test our abilities as a team. In the past, both Stanislaus and Chico gave us a good battle and we are looking to put them both away at home,” Van Wagoner said.
Sonoma State hopes to keep the momentum going and continue its three-game winning streak. With their 8-1 record and the season being about halfway done, the only loss for the Seawolves was an away game against Cal State Monterey Bay.
The Seawolves have shown that they can not only bounce back from a tough loss but that they are well deserving of being ranked No. 17 in the nation.