By Giuliano Djen
On Wednesday, the Cal Poly Pomona women’s soccer team defeated the California State San Bernardino Coyotes by a score of 1-0 at the Broncos’ annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night match.
“Playing for Breast Cancer Awareness [Night is] a huge honor for us to help with such an important cause and be a part of it,” said Head Coach Vanessa Valentine. “You know, every year we pick a game where we wear our pink shirts throughout the month to school and our warm ups.”
Kicking off the first half, the Broncos’ strong defense was able to contain the Coyotes’ aggressive push.
Valentine said the defense was something the Green and Gold took note of when it played a non-conference game against the Coyotes.
“So we had the confidence going into this game: that we’re going to keep our same game plan, sit a little bit more defensive on them and try to get them on the counter,” said Valentine.
The Broncos played the game smart and did their best in preventing the Coyotes from scoring a goal.
“Our initial plan was to focus on not allowing any goals in because lately we’ve been scoring more goals, but we’ve been letting a good amount of goals in as well, so we were trying to prevent goals from being scored, and obviously we did that, so I guess we followed the game plan exactly how we were suppose to,” said senior defender Megan Kisslan.
At around the 25-minute mark, the Broncos’ offense came alive, putting pressure on the Coyotes and taking six shots on goal. CPP’s offense forced the Coyotes to make three saves on goal.
With the score tied up at 0, CPP went into halftime.
During halftime, Sharon Hall, the guest speaker at the event, gave a short speech about the importance of performing self-body checks to help identify early signs of breast cancer.
CPP finished the first half firing nine shots. In the second half, the Broncos came out just as aggressive.
At around the 10-minute mark, the Green and Gold pushed through and scored the sole goal of the game. The goal was scored by freshman forward Sydney Yates, making it the second goal of her CPP soccer career.
The Broncos held tough on defense, finishing the game with a 1-0 shutout. CPP finished with 15 shots (seven on goal), and CSUSB finished with five shots (three on goal).
The CPP women’s soccer team was defeated by the Chico State Wildcats on Friday by a score of 3-2 at the Heroes Night match, which granted free admission to police, fire and military personnel.
During the first half, the Broncos were hailed by a volley of shots from the Wildcats. At the 19-minute mark, the score was at 2-0, favoring the WIldcats.
At the 36-minute mark, CPP scored its first goal of the first half. Sophomore midfielder Daisy Duran connected on goal, coming off an assist by Yates.
Near the 38-minute mark Chico State received a yellow card, and minutes later, the Wildcats scored their third goal, concluding the first half.
CPP started off strong and tested the Wildcats’ defense during the second half.
The Broncos scored their second goal of the game, which was made by Yates.
The Broncos ended the match with 16 shots (6 on goal) and Chico State with 10 shots (4 on goal).
Trent Preston / The Poly Post
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