Broncos look to get back on track with win

By Jonathan Aviles

The Cal Poly soccer team wrapped up the successful weekend in a
big way Sunday.

After a hard fought match Friday against Cal State Monterey Bay
that resulted in a double overtime draw, the Broncos rebounded with
a 2-0 victory over San Francisco State.

The win against the Gators was well deserved as the Broncos out
shot the Gators by the tally of 12-4.

“It was good, we came out touching and we were clearly more
skilled than them. It wasn’t as hard as other games”, said junior
midfielder Rigo Cardenas.

The first goal registered by the Broncos came at the feet of
sophomore forward Tyler Reinhart in the 50th minute. Coming off a
corner kick by senior midfielder Hector Quevedo, Reinhart made the
most of his strong positioning.

Junior midfielder Miguel Abascal, known as “Migue” by his
teammates, aided Reinhart’s efforts by putting the softest of
touches on the ball propelling it towards the forward who put it in
the back of the net for his second goal of the season.

Twenty minutes later the next goal was scored when Cardenas
headed in a free kick from sophomore defender Nathan Braunwalder
making the score 2-0. The goal was Cardenas’ second of the
season.

“I just intercepted it and got a solid hit. Luckily it went
right through his hands”, said Cardenas.

The win comes after the Broncos let a win slip away on Pack the
Stands night on Friday.

With just six minutes to go in regulation, Monterey Bay’s junior
midfielder Randy Rigali tied the game. The goal was a crushing blow
to what seemed like a well-deserved Bronco victory, but instead
forced overtime.

In front of 510 upbeat, energetic fans, the Otters opened up the
game with a goal just two minutes into play.

Sophomore forward Andy Binol received a long punt from the
Otters’ goalkeeper and after one bounce Binol scored his second
goal of the season.

Exactly 30 minutes later senior defender Nigel Orozco tied up
the match with a free kick strike that showcased Orozco’s power and
precision.

“Every time [Nigel] gets a free kick or an opportunity to shoot
on goal he’s dangerous,” said Coach Paul Caligiuri. “He has by far
one of the hardest shots in the entire conference.”

Orozco followed his own goal by adding on another when the
Broncos were awarded a penalty kick in the 58th minute. The kick
was given after Otters goalkeeper took down junior forward Wayne
Kao in the penelty box.

The goal was Orozco’s third goal of the season and 2nd goal on
penalty kicks in as many games.

“Just his whole physical presence and his intensity on the field
has been a great resource for us,” said Caligiuri.

The Broncos look to continue their success up north this
weekend, when they visit Humboldt State and perennial powerhouse
Sonoma State.

Last year, the Broncos dealt the Lumberjacks a 2-1 loss, and
will look to repeat the performance on Friday.

The Broncos finish the weekend in Rohnert Park with a difficult
match at no. 6 Sonoma State.

“I want to beat Sonoma bad,” Cardenas said. “We haven’t beaten
them since I’ve been here.”

Broncos look to get back on track with win

James Choy

Broncos look to get back on track with win

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