The smell of fresh cut grass, the sun peaking through the clouds, and the sound of fans chattering as Sonoma State University prepares to take on Humboldt State University in their first CCAA game at home in Rohnert Park.
Sonoma State beat Humboldt State University with a final score of 2-1. The close game kept it interesting with many shots on goal attempts from both teams. Sonoma state had the ball in their possession most of the game with 16 shot attempts and Humboldt State with six shot attempts.
Sonoma state started the game off strong with midfielder Julia Pritchard kicking in a low left goal. The Seawolves came out on top early in the first half. Pritchard said “It felt great to score in the first game of the season, it really gave me momentum for our next game coming up.” She continued, “The season is going well, we came out of preseason with a 4-1 record and I’m proud that we were able to do that.”
Lindsay Stoner, number 25 for Humboldt State, kept her team in the game scoring a low left goal for the ‘Jacks, making it a tied game 1-1 going into the second half.
Humbodlt looked to make a comeback, putting in a couple subs late in the second half. The ‘Jacks continued to play strong despite having a couple injuries at the end of the game.
Molly Murphy a sophomore forward for Sonoma State said, “we could have put more goals away early in the game, which would have helped us not panic in the second half. Humboldt was stronger than last year but we worked hard and we were determined to win.” Murphy continued, “that was a huge win for us and our momentum going into season.”
Humboldt played tough defense with ten saves against the Seawolves. Both teams played aggressively, putting close to the same amount of fouls up. Sonoma State 7 fouls and Humboldt State with 6 fouls.
The Seawolves ended last season with a record of 11-5-4. Junior for the Seawolves Alexis Espitita said, “I think we are starting off strong like last season and it will be a better year for us if we keep focusing on little improvements every week.”
With an assist from teammate, Julia Pritchard, Espitia the forward for the Seawolves ended the game with the winning goal. Espitia had a low corner shot that ended the tied game late in the second half, putting Sonoma State on top 2-1. Espitia said, “Being one of the two goals this game was exciting, I wanted to end the game in regular time. So being able to have that chance to put the game away with a minute left was amazing.”
Pritchard was a game leader and star player for the Seawolves. Not only did she score the first goal, but she also set up her teammate for the win. Pritchard said “I believe this season is going to be better than last season because we are more connected on the field.” She continued, “The competition was pretty good, but I felt like we were in control of the game, although in some moments they caught us off guard.”
Sonoma States women’s soccer team will prepare for their next home game in Rohnert Park against San Francisco State University on Sunday Sept. 29 at 11:30 a.m.