By Fredy Ramirez
Men’s soccer lost the final California Collegiate Athletic Association game at home against Cal State San Bernardino 1-0.
A Broncos win would have clinched a first CCAA regular season title and secured a first-round bye during the CCAA tournament.
“It was a very emotional game that was super important to both sides,” head coach Adam Reeves said.
San Bernardino needed to win the game to reach the CCAA tournament.
“They were going to throw the kitchen sink at us,” Reeves said.
The Coyotes came flying out of the gate and applied pressure early and often against the Broncos.
The Broncos missed multiple opportunities to score in the first half.
Senior forward Sergi Monso missed a high percentage shot thanks to a good play by Jacob Huber, the Coyotes’ goalkeeper.
Early signs suggested that San Bernardino would not let Monso beat them.
They targeted Monso early and often as he hit the ground multiple times throughout the game.
The Coyotes capitalized on their opportunities and scored in the 15th minute.
The Coyotes road the emotion of that first goal to the end of the game.
“Ultimately the one goal cost us, and they were able to rally around that goal,” Reeves said.
The second half brought more of the same intense physical play.
The Broncos responded better as they did not let the Coyotes score.
However, CPP’s offense could not finish as they missed some key opportunities.
Senior defender William Johnson Des Bordes missed two shots within seconds of each other.
CPP’s best chance to force overtime came with 18 minutes left.
Mono picked the ball up on the right side, took on a couple of defenders and placed a right-footed shot through a crowd of San Bernardino defenders that looked destined for the bottom corner.
Out of nowhere, a San Bernardino defender slid back and cleared the ball off the line, leaving Monso face down on the turf in disbelief.
Both teams combined for a total of 31 fouls, and the referee issued five yellow cards.
As time began to wind down, the energy in the stadium began to dwindle.
It seemed that the Coyotes irritated the Broncos as the Broncos never settled in to the game.
They shut down the explosive Broncos offense thanks in part to some extraordinary play by the goalkeeper.
At the final whistle, a handful of Broncos fell to the ground heads in hands as the Coyotes’ bench stormed the field in celebration.
Based on other results, the Broncos secured the second seed in the CCAA Tournament.
They get a first round bye and will play this Friday against either UC San Diego or San Francisco State.
If the Broncos prevail on Friday, they will play for the CCAA Championship on Sunday.
David Wilson / The Poly Post
Monso was fouled throughout the match by San Bernardino in an attempt to stop CPP’s top scorer
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