Dominant is the best word to describe Sonoma State women’s soccer teams’ victory over CCAA conference rival Cal State East Bay this past Friday. With the 3-1 victory over the Pioneers, the Seawolves not only extended their winning streak to 6 games but also moved their record to 7-2-0. Putting them in sole possession of first place of the CCAA conference standings.
The Seawolves came out firing on offense in the first ten minutes of the game, as they were able to fire off 7 shots, 4 of which were on goal. The early pressure on offense would quickly pay dividends, as just eight minutes into the first half, junior on the team Alexis Espitia found the back of the net giving the Seawolves the early 1-0 advantage.
After the early goal, Sonoma State’s offensive kept their ears pinned back and continued the offensive barrage. And by the twenty-fifth-minute mark, the Seawolves would take another four shots on goal.
Senior on the team, Sarah Lindborg spoke of the team’s impressive offensive saying, “Keeping possession has been a running focus in our team, and today we put that on full display. We went into the game with the intent to stay patient and to finish our opportunities.”
As the first half began to wind down, the Seawolves would again have a chance to add to their lead. At minute thirty-five, a sophomore on the team Aly Silva sent a shot at the bottom right corner of the Pioneers goal, but Eastbay’s goalie Jordan Smith saved it.
At the end of the first half, the score remained 1-0. However, with the number of opportunities the Seawolves were creating, many had the feeling that this score would not hold for long.
Just three minutes into the second half, Senior on the team Riley West buried the ball into the back of the net, extending Sonoma State’s lead to 2-0 early in the second half. However, Sonoma State wasn’t done yet, as just three minutes later, lightning would strike again as Aly Silva scored another goal for the girls in white and blue making it and 3-0 lead.
A junior on the team, Madison Watts spoke about the two goals saying, “We had been creating chances for ourselves all game, and we knew it would be just a matter of time before we broke through.”
Despite the score, Pioneers were not about to give up, as in the fifty-three minute, East Bay’s Senior, Bri Valente would find the back of the net, making it a 3-1 game.
This is the closest the contest would ever get, as Sonoma State continued to control possession and tempo for the rest of the second half. Sonoma Stayed in cruise control with 7 more shots on goal for the remainder of the second half and would win by the final score of 3-1.
In the 3-1 victory, the Seawolves totaled 30 total shots, with 15 of them being on goal, compared to Eastbay, who only managed to take 4 total shots all game.
Lindborg talked about how vital a win like this can be, as she said: “A win like this, where we played so well, means a lot within our team. It means we’re going in the right direction and that we are capable of even bigger wins.”
The Seawolves continued their winning ways, as following their victory over Cal State East Bay on Friday, they then defeated conferences rivals Cal State Monterey Bay on Sunday, Oct 6th, by the score of 1-0. Improving their record to 8-2-0, and keeping their record perfect in conference play this season.
Sonoma State will look to keep things rolling this week as they travel to Southern California to play battle conference rivals, Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State LA, in what will be two pivotal CCAA match-ups.