By Fredy Ramirez
Men’s soccer continued California Collegiate Athletic Association play at home blowing out Cal State East Bay on Sep. 22 with a 5-0 win.
Cal Poly Pomona out-shot CSU East Bay 14-5, making the most of their opportunities and finishing in the back of the net.
The Broncos out-played the Pioneers for the entire game, but the Broncos underperformed.
“We were obviously good enough to win the game but not good enough to be elite tonight,” said head coach Adam Reeves.
CPP started off fast scoring two minutes into the game.
Senior forward Sergi Monso dribbled past the defender and shot from point blank range.
The Broncos never looked back and continued applying pressure and maintained the ball on the Pioneers side of the field for most of the first half.
Monso added two more goals to complete a first half hat trick.
“Everything I’m shooting is going in,” said Monso. “Everything comes behind from the midfield. I’m getting the right balls. It’s not just me; it’s the whole team.”
CPP picked up where they left off during the second half by scoring within five minutes on a penalty kick by junior midfielder Jimmie Villalobos.
Although the Broncos did not out shoot the Pioneers in the second half, they still pressured CSU East Bay as the ball remained on the Pioneer side of the field.
The Broncos scored one more time during the 70th minute through senior forward Luis Najera Jr.
Despite scoring twice in the second half, CPP did not look as sharp as they did in the first half.
Blowout games put pressure on the coaching staff to keep the players focused in order to not give up a big lead.
“Your managing more than coaching. They are doing their part, and they are trying to stick to the game plan, but you have to constantly harp at them to be disciplined in their roles,” said Reeves.
CSU East Bay seemed out matched from start to finish.
The defense looked sloppy throughout the entire game as they could not stop CPP’s attacking players.
The Pioneer offense could not push the ball pass midfield and rarely made it to the last third of the field.
CPP kept the goals coming two days later on Sep. 24, soundly beating Cal State Monterey Bay 3-0 thanks to a two goal performance from junior midfielder Jimmie Villalobos, taking his total for the season to five.
Villalobos put the Broncos on the board in the 32nd minute after CPP won a free kick on the edge of the penalty box.
A gaggle of Broncos crowded around the ball only for Villalobos to emerge as one of two CPP players standing over the free kick.
Senior midfielder Kevin Martinez ran up to strike the ball only to run over it allowing Villalobos to chip a right-footed shot into the top left corner of the goal.
The junior transfer from College of Desert doubled CPP’s lead just before halftime heading home a cross from junior midfielder Patricio Yrizar.
The Broncos ended any hopes of a comeback for the Otters a minute into the second half when freshman defender Ibrahima Diakite scored his first goal as a Bronco after being played through by a perfect pass from junior midfielder Cyro Oliveria that was hit from inside Cal Poly’s own half.
CPP took their three-game winning streak on the road this past weekend starting Friday against UC San Diego but were unable to hold on to a 1-0 lead losing in overtime 2-1.
Monso put CPP in front with a free kick with half an hour to go but the Tritons responded nine minutes later when freshman forward Jonathon Sabouri scored his first goal of the season.
Both teams managed a double digit number of shots but neither team could find the breakthrough in regulation.
Four minutes into the first period of overtime, Sabouri scored the winner.
CPP are familiar with sudden death goals by UC San Diego as one scored in the 94th minute of the NCAA Division II West Region title game ended the Broncos season last year.
CPP got back on track Sunday, dominating Cal State San Marcos 4-0 on Sunday to close out the weekend.
Monso was once again instrumental for CPP as he was involved in all four goals.
The senior forward scored two and assisted two.
Monso opened the scoring just before halftime via a penalty in the 44th minute.
In the second half CPP’s offense blew the game open with three goals.
Najera Jr. doubled the lead in the 58th minute after being set up by Monso.
Najera Jr. returned the favor by assisting Monso in the 78th minute.
Villalobos rounded off the afternoon in the 88th minute thanks to another Monso assist.
Villalobos scored four goals in the last four games.
Monso’s three goals and two assists in the last two games takes his total to 15 goals and seven assists for the season.
CPP returns home with a record of 8-3 overall and 4-2 in CCAA play.
This weekend, the Broncos face Humboldt State and Sonoma State on Friday and Sunday afternoon.
Anthony Carrillo / The Poly Post
Senior forward Sergi Monso has scored six goals and two assists in his last four games.
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