By Bryan Stauffer
The Cal Poly Pomona women’s soccer team cruised to victory Friday afternoon as they shut out the visiting Cal State Monterey Bay Otters, 4-0, to earn their first conference victory of the year.
The Broncos wasted no time as midfielder Cindy Paez opened the game in the second minute with a goal from the center box after Angela Garcia fed her a beautiful cross from the left wing.
Fellow midfielder Alison Suave may very well have had the shot of the match when she scored in the 34th minute with an incredible volley from 23 yards out. The perfectly placed shot landed in the upper left-hand corner of the net.
Suave, who has been playing competitively since she was 10, attributed her success to a coach she had early in her soccer career.
“Rick Bowman was one of my coaches when I was 11 or 12. He really focused on the basics with me. I think if you have really good foundation then everything else comes easier.”
Suave was impressed by the way she and the rest of the Broncos were able to finish.
“I think the team did really well. We finally were finishing which we’ve been having a hard time with, so we did well in that sense and we all worked really hard,” said Suave.
Their inability to finish in recent games has forced the Broncos to come from behind in a conference where the competition is always at its best.
Aneska Alino kept the thunder rolling for the Broncos as she scored in the 60th minute off a quick pass from Veronica Ramos that set her up with a one-on-one matchup with the goalie.
In the 83rd minute, things got even worse for the Otters. Following a Bronco cross inside the box, CPP scored on an own goal by the Otters as defenders tried to clear the ball, but instead headed it into their own net.
CPP earned their second shutout of the year behind the stellar goalkeeping of junior Sarah Rohman. Rohman had five saves off 13 shots by the Otters, including a huge save in the 31st minute on a one-on-one breakaway.
The Broncos, now 2-4-1 in CCAA play, hae some momentum heading into Sunday’s conference match up as they take on San Francisco State.
Head Coach Isabelle Harvey was very pleased with the performance of her Broncos on Friday.
“Overall, we did very well,” said Harvey. “I think that everybody had a great effort. The goals were dropping for us, so we were pretty excited about that. The last few games it wasn’t so much a matter of our effort, it was more about us not being able to find the net, but today we did.”
CPP’s ability to find the net Friday was attributed to the leadership roles that each and every player possess, an instance not too common amongst sports teams.
“The good thing [about this team] is that this is definitely a good group,” said Coach Harvey. “I think that everybody is contributing big time and I think everybody brings something to the team, so I’m very pleased and excited about that.”
Harvey knows how big of win this is, especially in a division full of teams that are capable of winning.
“It’s such a challenging conference,” said Harvey. “Every team you have to be ready for because every team is there to beat you. That’s when we have to be focused and obviously ready to play and put that effort in.”
The Broncos certainly put in their effort as their four goals marked a season-high for them, doubling their previous season-high of two against Point Loma and Humboldt State.
After defeating San Francisco State, 2-0, on Sunday, the the Broncos will continue CCAA play this week as they visit Cal State L.A. on Friday and Cal State Dominguez Hills on Sunday.
Jennilee Umali/The Poly Post
Show Comments (0)