Loss leads to division tie

By Roman Lopez

With first place in the CCAA south
division up for grabs, the Cal Poly Pomona men’s soccer team fought
it out with CSU Dominguez Hills at Kellogg Field
Sunday.

The Broncos held first place by
themselves until Sunday’s home game when they were defeated by the
Toros.

Now, the Broncos and Toros must
compete for the division title.

The Toros would hand CPP its second
loss in conference play after beating the Broncos 2-1 in
overtime.

In a physical first half, 19 fouls
were called and three yellow cards were given, one of which
resulted in a penalty kick being awarded to the Toros.

“We lost the game ourselves the
officiating had nothing to do with it,” said CPP head coach Lance
Thompson. “We had opportunities to score and we couldn’t
capitalize.”

On the penalty kick, Andrew Todd,
the Broncos sophomore goalkeeper, blocked Billy Gutierrez’s shot,
sending the ball in Henry Calistro’s direction. Calistro was then
able to put the ball in the back of the net and give the Toros a
1-0 lead.

In the 61st minute of the second
half, Cal Poly senior midfielder Fabian Perez found senior forward
Luis Gonzalez who shook off a Toro defender to place the ball on
the left side of the net tying the game 1-1.

After remaining tied through
regulation, the Broncos and the Toros entered the “golden goal”
overtime period.

The first overtime period was a
standstill as neither team was able to score. With only three
minutes left in the second overtime, freshman forward Connor Brandt
capitalized off a free ball and an open Broncos goal to end the
game and give the Toros a 2-1 win over CPP.

“The good thing about our guys is
they’re young,” said Thompson. “They’ll move on from this and look
to do well against [CSU] Monterey Bay. There is still a lot of
soccer left to play.”

On Saturday, the
Broncos men’s soccer team and the visiting Cal State Los Angeles
Golden Eagles played to a 1-1 tie after playing for 110
minutes.

Despite combining for a total of 15
shots-on-goal in the first half, the Broncos and the Golden Eagles
were unable to put a point on the scoreboard.

In the second half, CPP senior
midfielder Nicholas Jimenez connected with the back of net for the
first time this season off a free kick in the 63rd minute of the
game.

“He has been training very well and
we had a good vibe about him,” said head coach Lance Thompson. “It
was something we felt and he made his money shot, so good for
[him].”

After leading 1-0 for a majority of
the second half, it appeared the Broncos would be able to hold on
for the win. Yet two minutes before the end of regulation, senior
defender Taylor Rivas connected with a header to give Cal State
L.A. the equalizing goal.

Despite allowing a late goal, Andrew
Todd, the Broncos’ sophomore goalkeeper had a total of five saves
in Friday’s game.

“Todd played excellent, I am really
happy with him,” said Thompson. “We put him in the starting
position three games ago. That was the first goal he has given up,
which is a tough one.”

Up next, the Broncos (6-3-1, 5-2-1
CCAA) will be traveling to Monterey Bay to take on the Otters
(4-4-1, 4-3-1 CCAA) on Friday at 12:30 p.m. Sunday the Broncos will
be tested at home by San Francisco State (4-4-2, 3-4-1 CCAA) at
11:30 a.m.

Senior Midfielder

Brenda Campbell/ The Poly Post

Senior Midfielder

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