Solid defense leads to wins for Broncos

By Dennis Erturk

Women’s soccer defeated Cal State Monterey Bay on Sep. 24 with a final score of 1-0.

For players, coaches and fans, the game was a nail-biter.

Much of the first half saw the two teams going back and forth with both teams having several chances to score.

With the match scoreless at halftime, Cal Poly Pomona came out with a sense of urgency.

The game’s only goal came in the 73rd minute when Kalin Tomlinson, a junior midfielder, finished a well-placed assist from teammate Tasha Inong, a senior midfielder, who gave a beautiful pass from 20 yards outside the goal.

Tomlinson’s first goal of the season was set up by Inong but was started by senior goalkeeper Ricki Ives.

Ives’s punt was allowed to bounce just past midfield over a leaping Monterey Bay midfielder.

Inong controlled the bouncing ball on her chest before spotting the run of Tomlinson from the right side of the field in behind the defense and lifting a well weighted pass for Tomlinson to run onto.

Jubilation and signs of relief ensued on the home sidelines at Kellogg Field, since many Bronco supporters could have seen their Broncos fall from second place to fourth place in the California Collegiate Athletic Association without a much needed win.

While CSU Monterey Bay had more shots than the Broncos, the tale of the tape was CPP’s resilient fight for each ball.

Ives kept CPP in the contest with six saves and was named CCAA Women’s Soccer Player of the Week for her combined nine saves in the two games on Sep. 22 and 24.

They never lost their cool whenever things didn’t go their way, especially in the first half.

CPP held on for the final 15 minutes to improve their home record to 4-1-1.

The win against CSU Monterey Bay came two days after another 1-0 win against Cal State East Bay.

The breakthrough came in the 54th minute via a corner played into the box by senior forward Daisy Duran.

Junior defender Alison Kung got on the end of the cross to score what proved to be the winner.

This past weekend, the Broncos traveled to La Jolla, CA losing by a familiar score line to UC San Diego.

Senior midfielder Jordyn McNutt scored her fourth goal of the season and what proved to be the winner in the 63rd minute to keep the Tritons unbeaten in CCAA play and hand Cal Poly Pomona their first loss in conference.

UC San Diego outshot CPP 14-4, with the Tritons putting particular pressure on the Broncos in the second half in which they managed nine shots.

This time, Ives’s five saves were not enough for a clean sheet bringing to an end her run of 210 minutes without conceding a goal

Junior midfielder Summer Bales notched her third of the season when she found McNutt who headed to ball to the near post.

CPP rebounded against Cal State San Marcos on Sunday with a 2-1 overtime win to close out the weekend.

Sophomore forward Ambria Pogue gave CPP the lead in the 63rd minute.

The Broncos looked on their way to another 1-0 win until CSU San Marcos equalized in the 86th minute.

Pogue went from scorer to provider, setting up Daisy Duran in the 95th minute to improve CPP’s record 8-2-1 overall and 4-1-1 in CCAA play.

The Broncos host Humboldt State and Sonoma State this Friday and Sunday at Kellogg Field.

Junior defender Alison Kung scored the winning goal against Cal State East Bay on Sep. 22

Courtesy of CPP Sports Information

Junior defender Alison Kung scored the winning goal against Cal State East Bay on Sep. 22

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