By Christian Cataldo
The Cal Poly Pomona women’s soccer team traveled to Cox Stadium on Friday, where they faced off against San Francisco State in a California Collegiate Athletic Association matchup. The Broncos edged the Gators out in overtime to secure a 1-0 victory. The win moved the Broncos to an overall record of 9-4 and a conference record of 4-3. The Gators fell to an overall record of 7-6 and a conference record of 2-5.
“Prior to overtime, it was just not our time, and I felt pretty confident that we were going to get a couple of more chances,” said head coach Mike Dibbini.
“We did and we put one away.”
During the first half, both teams showed their defensive prowess: neither team conceded a goal. The Broncos managed to get off six shots with three of those on goal, while the Gators’ five shots resulted in only one on goal. Going into the half, the score was 0-0.
“We were just feeling them out in the first half,” said Dibbini. “Field conditions were a little bit difficult, so we had to adjust to that. But we just pushed our lines a little bit higher, and I told them to take a lot more risks in the second half and it definitely went in our favor. Leadership brought it home.”
The Broncos took their coach’s advice and came out aggressive in the second half. They fired off 15 shots, forcing the Gators’ defense to stay sharp. Of those 15 shots, four were on goal. SFSU managed to get three shots, with only one of those shots on goal.
Both teams held up defensively, forcing overtime. The Broncos’ wasted no time in taking more shots.
Four minutes into overtime, senior midfielder Alison Suave took a chance and found the back of the net off a cross from junior defender Megan Kisslan.
“I was really happy with how the team responded,” said Kisslan.
“We knew that in the second half we had a lot of chances, so were just trying to keep the momentum going and hoping that we got one in after all the chances we had in the second half.”
On Sunday, the Broncos traveled to Seaside, California where they faced off against Cal State Monterey Bay. CPP secured the 2-0 victory, moving them to a 10-4-0 overall record and a conference record of 5-3-0. The loss moved Monterey Bay to an overall record of 6-7-0 and a 3-5-0 conference record.
At the 29:46 mark of the first half, junior forward Stacey Atwater found the back of the net with an assist from freshman midfielder Daisy Duran.
The Broncos put pressure on the Otters with their four shots, and the opposing team’s goalie made only two saves.
The Broncos went into the half with the 1-0 lead over the Otters.
Early in the second half at the 58:52 mark, junior forward Melissa Martinez got one goal past the keeper. The assist came from junior midfielder Ariana Fleischman.
The team didn’t let its foot off of the gas after the second goal, as they continued to fire shots. The Broncos’ 11 shots forced the Otters’ keeper to make seven saves.
CPP’s aggressiveness secured their second win of the weekend, making it four victories in a row.
The Broncos look to extend their streak as they face Humboldt State on Friday at College Creek Field.
Courtesy Matt Brown / Bronco Athletics
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