By Aaron Salazar
The historical run for the Cal Poly Pomona men’s soccer team will continue as it heads to the NCAA Division II National Championship Game after defeating the No. 5 Rockhurst Hawks 1-0 in Pensacola, Florida on Thursday.
The Green and Gold move to 17-2-3 on the season. The 17 wins match last year’s total.
CPP, the underdog coming into the match, held its own with Rockhurst, arguably outplaying it most of the night.
Freshman defender Nadeer Ghantous, senior defender Justyn Peeples and senior goalkeeper Fernando Pablo Quevedo helped CPP’s stingy defense. The Broncos posted their ninth shutout of the year, but this one could not have come on a bigger stage.
With the match tied at 0-0 at the 84-minute mark, junior mid-fielder Eshel Chardon took a corner kick for the Green and Gold. Chardon’s kick found Peeples, who then sent a header towards senior midfielder Alexander Turkson. The Ghana native found the back of the net and put CPP in front 1-0. The goal was his ninth of the year.
The Hawks would try to answer the call, but goalkeeper Quevedo prevented it. He tallied four saves in the contest, including a stellar one-on-one save early in the second half.
CPP outshot Rockhurst 13-9 overall and seven to four in shots on goal.
The Green and Gold will try to spoil the perfect season of No. 1 Pfeiffer Falcons on Saturday at 1 p.m. PST at Ashton Brosnaham Complex in Pensacola. Pfeiffer enters the contest 24-0 on the year. All CPP students and fans are encouraged to go to the Bronco Student Center for the watch party to cheer on the Broncos as they make their bid for history.
Adrian Danganan / The Poly Post
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