By Andrew Gordo
The National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II tournament kicked off for the Cal Poly Pomona women’s soccer team on Thursday. They defeated the Point Loma Sea Lions 3-2 in the first round, and then knocked off the current California Collegiate Athletic Association champion, the Cal State Los Angeles Golden Eagles, 1-0 on Saturday in the second round.
Thursday’s first round win against the Sea Lions was a battle between the two teams to see whose offense would outlast. It was a back and forth affair: once one team scored, the other one answered back.
The Broncos’ offense opened up the scoring in the fifth minute, when freshman midfielder Daisy Duran connected on a pass into the box that senior midfielder Alison Sauve headed in for a goal. The Sea Lions came back with a goal of their own in the 40th minute, after junior forward Amanda Mitchell kicked in a goal off a headed assist from junior midfielder Tara Kracy.
The Broncos responded in the 50th minute, when Sauve crossed the ball into the far side of the goal post. Junior forward Stacey Atwater collected the ball and knocked it in for a goal. The Sea Lions tied up the game 2-2 in the 52nd minute when Kracy stole the ball from a Bronco defender and lined in a goal.
“We score quick, they equalize it and then we get the final goal right before the game was done,” said the Broncos’ head coach Mike Dibbini. “It was a great game.”
The definitive goal came with 20 ticks left on the clock. After a failed header from a Sea Lion defender, Sauve came up with the ball and in a one-on-one situation beat the goalkeeper for the score.
“It’s pretty scary, because you know you can’t miss and you are just like “Don’t miss the goal!” because no one is there,” said Sauve on shooting after beating the goalkeeper. “But it’s exciting.”
The Broncos continued onto the second round on Saturday in a rematch against the Golden Eagles. The last time the two teams faced off the game ended in a draw. This time around, the Broncos came out victorious 1-0 in an impressive showing.
Not only did the Broncos hand the Golden Eagles their first loss since September, but they also tied the single season school record for shutouts in a season with 13.
The defenses from both teams were strong, especially the goalkeeping as both keepers made vital saves. The Broncos’ goalkeeper, freshman Ricki Ives, made nine saves on 11 shots including a great save on a header by the Golden Eagles in the final minutes of the first half. The Golden Eagles’ goalkeeper Yi Du had four saves on 15 shots, including a strike by Bronco junior forward Melissa Martinez in the early minutes of the first half.
However, in the 73rd minute, the Broncos were able to send a ball pass the defense and goalkeeper. Martinez hit a left footed shot of the crossbar and in for a goal.
After the goal, the Broncos’ defense held strong and was able to secure the shutout victory.
The Broncos will continue their NCAA playoff run on Nov. 21 in a third-round matchup against CCAA rival, the Cal State Stanislaus Warriors.
Ivan Alber / The Poly Post
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