Women’s soccer frustrated by Humboldt

By Azariah Long

Women’s soccer lost a close game to Humboldt State 1-0, Friday.

In the first 10 minutes of the game the Broncos came out swinging.

The team attempted two shots and came close to scoring.

On one play, the Broncos had a break away chance to score against Humboldt State, but the ball sailed over the crossbar.

In five minutes of play, the Broncos had three chances at the goal but failed to take the lead.

In the 19th minute, a defensive error allowed the Lumberjacks to take the lead against the run of play.

A cross was floated into the penalty area where no Bronco defender reacted to clear.

The ball bounced just outside the six-yard box and junior midfielder Alex Jenkins was first to react.

Jenkins headed the ball past helpless senior goalkeeper Rick Ives.

The team kept moving on the field and trying to make plays that would allow them to score against Humboldt State.

Before the half, the Broncos had a chance to score a goal, but were not able to capitalize on the opportunity.

The Broncos went into halftime trailing 1-0.

In the second half, the Broncos came out more aggressive.

CPP found some openings against the Lumberjacks and finished with 17 shots to Humboldt State’s five, forcing seven saves out of their goalkeeper.

The loss was the second in California Collegiate Athletic Association play and the second time in three games that CPP failed to score.

On Sunday, the Broncos beat Sonoma State 1-0 at Kellogg Field in double overtime.

CPP rode their luck as Sonoma State missed two second half penalties before senior midfielder Tasha Inong scored the winning goal in the 103rd minute.

Prior to the contest, the starters for both teams stood around the center circle hand in hand for a moment of silence in a show of support for those affected by the tragic events in Las Vegas.

The teams remained in the center circle for the national anthem.

Sonoma State sat second in the California Collegiate Athletic Assoication table heading into the game and were the better team in the first half.

The Seawolves outshot CPP 8-3 forcing three saves out of Ives.

The save of the half came from an unlikely source.

Sonoma senior midfielder Kristal Luna whipped in a corner kick that looked to be heading straight in until junior defender Natalie Di Angelo headed the ball off the line.

Seven minutes into the second half senior defender Joni Gener took down freshman forward Alexis Espitia in the box and was called for a penalty.

Junior midfielder Bella Amyx stepped up and sent Ives the wrong way but hit the post.

Less than 10 minutes later the referee was back in the sportlight pointing the penalty spot after senior midfielder Melanie Ortiz was given a yellow card for fouling a Sonoma State attacker who was trying to get on the end of a cross.

This time the Seawolves sent Luna to who once again gave CPP second life sending her shot wide left of the post.

The two missed seemed to give the Broncos renewed enregy as they started putting more pressure on Sonoma.

Cal Poly Pomona’s best chance to win in regulation came on a set piece that bounced all the way to the back post where senior defender Stephanie Rodriguez was unable to get a clean touch as the ball bounced over her outstretch left foot.

CPP continued having the better of play into overtime despite not creating a serious chance in the first 10 minute overtime period.

The breakthrough finally came in the 103rd minute when sophomote forward Ambria Pogue played sophomore forward Amanda Duran down the line.

Duran cut the ball back to the top of the box where Inong fired a shot into the top left corner of the goal causeing the CPP bench to clear in celebration.

The win snapped Sonoma State’s seven game winning streak and improved CPP to 9-3-1 overall and 5-2-1 in CCAA play.

CPP travels to Chico State and Stanislaus State this Friday and Sunday.

Kalin Tomlinson (center) rising for a header against Humboldt

Anthony Carrillo / The Poly Post

Kalin Tomlinson (center) rising for a header against Humboldt

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