CPP overcomes early deficit, draw match

By Andrew Gordo

The Cal Poly Pomona women’s soccer team traveled to San Bernardino this weekend for a non-conference match-up against the Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes. The Broncos battled back from an early 1-0 deficit in the game to force a 1-1 draw.

Although both teams belong to the California Collegiate Athletic Association, the match did not count towards either teams’ conference records. The results moved CPP to an overall record of 5-3-1. CSUSB moved to an overall record of 4-3-3.

.The Coyotes struck first at the 12 minute mark when freshman midfielder Gabby Evaristo received a pass into the box and sent the shot into the back of the net. It was one of the two shots that the Broncos’ defense allowed the Coyotes to take; however, the Green and Gold found itself facing a 1-0 deficit at halftime.

During the break Head Coach Vanessa Valentine told her team that she wanted it to play together.

“It was unfortunate that we went down a goal, but it was just our team getting better connected and finding the rhythm,” said Valentine. “We had the players and the system that we wanted to go with, so it was more so of them finding a rhythm and just coming together a bit more, which they did. They turned it around, they got connected and they tightened some things up in the midfield.”

Just 20 minutes after returning from halftime, the Broncos found their equalizer courtesy of sophomore forward Stephanie Rodriguez. Rodriguez received a pass from midfielder Ariana Fleischman and netted a goal from 18 yards out.

Although the goal was the only one for the Broncos, they created plenty of opportunities for themselves. The Green and Gold had 27 shots on the day, 10 of which were on goal. The Coyotes had four shots, three of which were on goal.

Valentine attributes the amount of scoring opportunities to rhythm and a strong defensive effort.

“They did exactly what we asked them to do in terms of team defense,” said Valentine. “It was unfortunate we went down a goal, but after that, it kind of woke us up a little, but [it] brought us together. The way that we played opened up 24 opportunities for us in the second half. We had 24 chances, and [the Coyotes] only had 4.”

Prior to this weekend’s game, the team had a two game home stand against the Cal State Dominguez Hills Toros and the Cal State Los Angeles Golden Eagles.

The Green and Gold was able to capture the victory against the Toros after a slew of scoring by the offense. Three different Broncos scored in the game en-route to the 3-1 victory.

However, in the matchup against the Golden Eagles, the Broncos fell 1-0. It was a defensive matchup that was settled by a penalty kick in the first half. CPP was able to hold the Golden Eagles to only five shots, but the early mistake cost it the game.

The Broncos will have two road games ahead of them: they will travel to Hayward to face the Cal State East Bay Pioneers on Friday and then head over to Turlock to take on the Stanislaus State Warriors. CPP will look to improve its 2-2 conference record and its 2-2-1 away record.


Courtesy of Jacob Gonzalez / Bronco Athletics

Women’s soccer

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