Men’s soccer team splits final homestand of season

By Karina Lopez

In its last homestand of the season, the Cal Poly Pomona men’s
soccer team split against CSU Stanislaus and Chico State on Friday
and Sunday, respectively.

On Sunday, the Broncos fell to Chico State 1-0 in the first
overtime period of its last home game this season.

After honoring a total of 16 CPP seniors, the Broncos and the
Wildcats played 90 minutes of scoreless soccer.

In the first half, the Wildcats totaled 10 shots on goal to the
Broncos’ five, but neither team was able to get the ball inside the
net.

In the 35th minute of the first half, CPP sophomore goalkeeper
Andrew Todd kept the Broncos in the game after coming out of the
goal and tackling the ball away from a Wildcats forward.

Facing a 0-0 score at halftime, the Broncos relentlessly
attacked the Wildcats’ goal in the second half firing multiple
shots-on-goal in the first 15 minutes. The Broncos continued to
attack and remained in possession of the ball for a majority of the
second half.

With only a couple minutes left on the clock, senior forward
Luis Gonzalez broke away from a defender and shot what appeared to
be the game-winning goal for the Broncos. His shot, however, flew
just over the crossbar ending the regulation period and sending the
game into overtime.

After a five-minute break in the action, and temperatures rising
on and off the field, the Wildcats and the Broncos entered the
first golden goal overtime period.

Less than two minutes later, the game would end after Chico
State forward Ferid Celosmanovic, received a pass that he converted
into a goal.

With the win, the Wildcats improve to 7-3-2 in CCAA and 8-3-3
overall while the Broncos fall to 8-3-1 in CCAA and 9-4-1
overall.

Friday’s game resulted in the Broncos’ favor after they routed
the Cal State Stanislaus Warriors 3-0.

All of the Broncos’ goals came within the first 15 minutes of
the game.

After only two minutes of play, Gonzalez controlled a header in
the box from Jonathan Enns to knock in his 12th goal of the
season.

At the four-minute mark, Ricardo Reyes, a senior midfielder,
connected for his second goal of the season and of the game when he
received a pass from senior midfielder Fabian Perez, and shot it
passed the Warriors’ goalkeeper.

Less than 10 minutes later, Enns, a senior forward, scored his
sixth goal of the season after his shot deflected off the far post
and bounced in behind an outstretched goalkeeper.

Enns, a CPP senior forward, is coming off an impressive
offensive streak and was named the CCAA Player of the Week for Oct.
3-9 after tallying six points in the Broncos’ victories against CSU
Monterey Bay and San Francisco State. Enns collected three goals
and one assist for the Broncos in the two victories.

“Enns has just been on fire for us,” said head coach Lance
Thompson. “We had a chat about someone other than Louie [Gonzalez]
stepping up offensively and Enns just ran with it.”

“I’m more proud of his assist [last Friday] because when we have
more players getting involved it makes us a lot more
dangerous.”

Gonzalez, the CCAA’s top goal scorer, said he and his teammates
have turned it up heading into the last games of the season.

“We’re all playing hungry,” said Gonzalez. “We want to keep
winning, and we’re just doing what the coaches are asking of
us.”

With Sunday’s loss, the Broncos remain are tied for first in the
South Division with CSU Dominguez Hills.

On Friday, the Broncos will look to avenge an Oct. 2 loss when they
travel to take on CSU Dominguez Hills. Kickoff is set for 7
p.m.

Men

Jason Schwartz / The Poly Post

Men’s soccer

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