Women’s soccer dominates Otters, falls prey to Gators

By Elliot Heis

The Cal Poly Women’s soccer team defeated Cal State Monterey Bay
3-0 at Pack the Stands night on Friday, but fell short against San
Francisco State 2-1 on Saturday.

The Broncos maintain their winning season, with a record of
6-4-2 with the win over the Otters.

“The emphasis was having a good effort from everybody,” said
head coach Isabelle Harvey.

The Broncos controlled the game Friday, with a threatening
attack and solid defense that proved too much for Monterey Bay. Cal
Poly moved the ball from defense to attack swiftly, allowing play
to open up in the forward line.

“We’re very strong on the outside, and we did a great job to
play fast and find them” Harvey said.

The first goal didn’t take long to come for the Broncos. In just
the third minute, sophomore forward Britany Garrett beat a
defender, then the goalkeeper, and placed a shot to the bottom
corner, giving Cal Poly the early lead.

Junior midfielder Andrea Salerno was present in most attacks in
the first half, setting up runs for strikers. She was most damaging
though, when her long strike went over the Otters’ keeper to put
the Broncos up by two in the 18th minute.

The Broncos sealed Monterey Bay’s fate when senior forward
Pamela Leyva buried a long shot off a loose ball in the 54th
minute.

Monterey Bay increased their tempo as the second half wound
down, but Cal Poly’s defense was strong, and fast counter-attacks
stopped Monterey Bay from committing to an offensive formation.

Even late in the game, the Broncos’ speed was giving the Otters
trouble, and freshman midfielder Lisa Shaw almost made it 4-0 with
a shot that missed high by inches in the 88th minute. A two-goal
first half by the San Francisco State Gators was enough to beat the
Broncos Sunday, when a second half rally still left Cal Poly short
at full time.

“We played a very good second half,” Harvey said. “It is a
strong league and we need to play the full ninety minutes.”

Freshman defender Kailah Martin scored the Broncos’ lone goal in
the 86th minute when she volleyed the block of her own shot, just
out of the goalkeeper’s reach.

The goal came at the end of a fast paced second half for the
Broncos, including a dominant 14-0 advantage in shots.

The Broncos flooded the forward half after the intermission,
utilizing the onside trap to keep midfielders on the attack and
playing the wings to create cross opportunities, but shooting
inaccuracy and solid goalkeeping by San Francisco State’s Emily
Hart was enough for the Gators to hold out.

The Broncos hit the road this week, starting at Humboldt State
on Friday, followed by a trip to Rohnert Park to face Sonoma State
on Sunday.

“We have a lot of work to do,” Harvey said. “We need to stay
consistent.”

They return home on October 22 against Cal State San
Bernardino.

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