By Andrew Gordo
The Cal Poly Pomona women’s soccer team traveled to Golden, Colorado this weekend to participate in the third round of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II Tournament West Region title game.
They faced off and fell to their California Collegiate Athletic Association rival, the Cal State Stanislaus Warriors, by a score of 2-0.
This was the second meeting between the two teams; the first matchup was a 1-0 regular season win for the Broncos.
“When we played them last time it was a very similar game, except we ended up getting the game winner,” said head coach Mike Dibbini on the differences between the two games. “This time around, they found separation first.”
The Warriors scored early in the 12th minute off a batted ball.
After a nice save by Broncos goalkeeper Ricki Ives on a shot by senior forward Tina Benson, the ball bounced out to sophomore forward Kirsten Coleman, who struck a shot that found the back of the net.
At the half, the score was 1-0 in favor of the Warriors and it seemed like they were more active on offense.
Of the six shots they attempted in the first half, five went towards the goal, while the Broncos only had one shot on goal.
In the second half of the game, the Broncos tried to overcome the one-goal deficit.
The margin got wider in the 49th minute, when Coleman worked her way through the defense and beat a charging Ives in a one-on-one situation for her second goal of the day. The deficit was too wide for the Broncos to overcome, and the Warriors held on to the 2-0 victory.
“I felt Stanislaus did a good job staying organized,” said Dibbini. “We tried to break them down but they are very organized. We did what we can to counter them and figure out a way to find that equalizer but it didn’t happen.
“You got to give them credit too. They did a good job of staying organized and finding the first goal. I knew that that was going to dictate the game ” whoever scores first ” and we just had a bad bounce there.”
Though the season ended after a tough loss, the 2014 team had many accomplishments this season.
This Broncos team will be known for breaking the school record with six consecutive shutouts, tying the school record for shutouts in a single season with 13, and making it to the third round of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1999.
The women finish their season with a record of 15-6-1, and will go down as one of the most successful teams in CPP’s history.
“They need to be proud because they’ve had an amazing season,” said Dibbini. “There’s no reason why they should hang their heads. Even though it’s going to sting and hurt for a little bit they’ve got to look at what they accomplished this year.
“The seniors and leaders of this team laid a foundation to build upon. This is a tough loss, but at the end of the day we learn from it and bounce back.”
It was the final game for seniors Indra Arteaga, Hannah Leu, Allie Maxwell, Arika Ontiveros and Alison Sauve. Each player had experience and leadership, and brought different dimensions to the game.
Arteaga was a player who was able to spread the ball around, and totaled six assists this season. Leu was a lockdown defender who played a major factor in the six consecutive shutouts. Maxwell was able to contribute as an attacker, and tallied one goal on the season. Ontiveros contributed as an attacker and a passer scoring one goal for the season and setting up three others. Sauve was the CCAA Defensive Player of the Year, and was also a threat on offense, scoring a team-leading seven goals.
Though the Broncos are losing five key players, the junior-heavy Bronco squad earned valuable playoff experience in both the CCAA and NCAA tournaments, and will look to come back stronger and better next season.
Michael Torres / The Poly Post
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