By Fredy Ramirez
Men’s soccer returned home to continue California Collegiate Athletic Association play, dominating Humboldt State 3-0 on Friday.
The Broncos out-performed Humboldt State the entire game, outshooting the Lumberjacks 12-5.
CPP started slowly as Humboldt State nearly capitalized on an early mistake by the Broncos.
“Early on Humboldt went 1v1 with our goalkeeper and it could have easily been 1-0 Humboldt.” said head coach Adam Reeves.
Senior goalkeeper Jason Trejos pressured the Lumberjacks forward, which caused the miss from close range.
The Broncos kept their composure and would retaliate with a goal, moments later.
Senior forward Luis Najera Jr. scored in the 10th minute, placing the ball in the top left corner of the net putting the Broncos up 1-0.
“I finally feel healthy. The team is clicking, and when the team is clicking everyone gets a piece of the fun,” said Najera Jr.
The heat played a major factor in the game as the Broncos substituted their players and changed their offensive formation with about 20 minutes left in the first half.
“I played 22 guys today,” said Reeves. “I’m confident that when I need to sub someone somewhere or need to rotate because of the heat I can do so.”
CPP would continue to pressure Humboldt State but could not find the back of the net for the rest of the half.
CPP continued to apply pressure in the second half.
The Broncos would score on a corner kick that resulted in junior defender Nadeer Ghantous finding the back of the net to increase the lead to 2-0.
In the 70th minute, Najera scored the final goal of the game to secure the win for the Broncos.
Najera took a defender to his left, created some space and shot it into the back of the net.
Najera would come out toward the end of the game with a minor groin discomfort as a precaution.
The Lumberjacks looked out of sorts and could not capitalize on the few mistakes the Broncos made.
Humboldt State’s missed opportunity at the beginning of the game could have changed the complexion of the game.
The Lumberjacks’ defense kept them in the game until CPP’s offense became too much to handle.
“Credit to Humboldt they played a little differently than what we expected and scouted, and they tried to make it difficult for us,” said Reeves.
Two goals in the last 15 minutes of the match erased a late first half goal by Sonoma State handing CPP their third consecutive win.
Junior midfielder Cyro Oliveria capped off a 2-1 comeback win in the 87th minute against Sonoma State on Sunday.
Oliveria picked the ball up on the edge of the penalty area and made up for an errant touch by weaving through two Sonoma State defenders in a phone booth sized space.
The junior midfielder pirouetted past the last defense with an elegant spin that pulled the ball away from the defender while making a 360 degree turn.
Once through, Oliveria took a moment to compose himself before placing the ball in the near post past the sprawling keeper.
Oliveria pounded his chest as he wheeled away in celebration surrounded by onrushing teammates.
The emotion of the celebration exhibited the pent up frustration of domination without reward.
CPP were well worth their win, peppering Sonoma’s goal with 13 shots on target.
Despite trailing at halftime, Cal Poly Pomona dominated possession thanks in large part to the combination play between their creative midfielders and senior forward Sergi Monso.
The intricate passes broke down once CPP moved their attack into the final third with Sonoma State setting up their defense deep in their own half.
This allowed the Seawolves to counter attack once they halted CPP’s attack.
Sonoma State’s opening goal came three minutes from halftime off a CPP throw-in on their own side of the field that the Seawolves won back with a high press.
Senior forward T.J. Perez seemed to be corned by two Bronco defenders but wriggled free and played a ball across the face of goal.
Perez’s cross found senior forward Andrew Ogilvy at the near post whose shot was kept out by Trejos thanks to a fabulous kick save.
The rebound fell to senior midfielder Josh Sanchez who tucked the ball into the net.
CPP continued to pressure in the second half and were rewarded in the 75th minute when Najera Jr. leveled the score.
Senior forward William Des Bordes whipped in a cross to the near post that Najera Jr. flicked to the back post deflecting off the post and into the net.
Sonoma senior midfielder Marcus Salvador picked up a second yellow after fouling Monso.
CPP continued mounting pressure until Oliveria’s individual brilliance won the match.
Anthony Carrillo / The Poly Post
Nadeer Ghantous (center) doubled CPP’s lead in the 56th minute on a corner
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