By Bryan Stauffer
The Cal Poly Pomona women’s soccer team defeated Chico State, 2-0, Friday afternoon, marking their fifth shutout of the season.
Friday’s victory in Chico kept the Broncos’ undefeated streak alive, with their last loss coming Sept. 21 against the University of California, San Diego Tritons.
Second-year midfielder Arika Ontiveros ignited the Broncos offense with a goal in the 25th minute as she finished off a shot that deflected off the post. Aneska Alino was credited with the assist off the crossbar.
Midfielder Veronica Ramos ensured the Broncos’ victory in the 70th minute when she scored off a pass from fellow midfielder Cindy Paez.
Ramos said Paez set her up beautifully.
“Cindy got the ball at the top of the box, and I made a diagonal run right across the box,” said Ramos. “Then she found me. I turned the defender, and I shot it to the left corner of the goal and scored.”
The Broncos knew this match would be a dogfight, but they went in fully prepared and craving victory.
“I think our team came out strong today,” said Ramos. “We needed this game, it was important. We knew that we had to win and we came in with the mentality to win, and we did.”
As the team approaches their final five games of the season, Ramos said they need to continue to improve their intensity and play hard until the final whistle.
“We just need to improve on coming out hard right out of the gate,” said Ramos. “We need to make sure that we come out with the same intensity as in the first 10 minutes of the game, and play like that the whole 90 minutes of the game.”
Fourth-year forward Angela Garcia knows it is important to finish the season strong with playoffs just around the corner.
“We just need to keep going as strong as we are,” said Garcia. “We cant just let down, we still have several important games ahead of us.”
The Broncos will need to continue to play in unison and continue to feed off of each other as they sit in the middle of the pack in the CCAA’s South division.
In order to reach the top of the division, the Broncos will need to come together and play as a team with one goal in mind: playoffs.
Garcia said good things happen when they play as a team.
“We connected as a unit out there,” said Garcia. “Playing together as a team always seems to benefit us.”
At the center of this unit is a solid defense that, as of late, has been nearly flawless. They have only allowed three goals since Sept. 23.
“We have three amazing defensive backs right now and they work together,” said Garcia. “They’re aggressive, they communicate well and they’re just solid overall. It helps us feel more confident knowing they’re back there.”
Although the Chico State offense was off to a quick start with three shots on goal in the first 16 minutes, they were unable to get anything going the rest of the match as they only had one shot on goal the rest of regulation.
The CPP defense made life miserable for Chico State the entire game. The Wildcats have struggled to put the ball in the net all season long, as reflected in their 3-8 record in conference.
Sarah Rohman played great in goalie once again with four saves bringing in her fifth shutout of the year, and 12th overall as a Bronco.
After CPP defeated sixth-ranked Cal State Stanislaus 3-2 on Sunday, with a last minute goal by Samantha Stiles, the Broncos are now 7-4-2 in conference play and will host Cal State Eastbay on Friday and will head to San Francisco State on Sunday.
Nathan Guerard/The Poly Post
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