By David Wilson
The women’s soccer team played out a 0-0 draw with San Francisco State University after competing in double overtime.
The Broncos were allotted plenty of chances to win the game but were unable to convert any of them in 110 minutes of play.
The Gators nearly gifted Cal Poly Pomona a goal inside the first minute when Valentina Riveros played a back pass that needed a clearance from goalkeeper Christina Holguin to prevent an own goal. On the ensuing corner kick, the Broncos nearly took the lead when a header was cleared off the line.
“It’s always important to start on the positive foot,” said the Broncos’ head coach Jay Mason. “The game probably would have shifted a little differently had we finished a couple of those chances.”
CPP’s fast start continued as senior midfielder Hailey James had a shot from the right side of the box saved by Holguin. James led the team with three shots, two of which were on target.
“We played with a lot of heart, and that’s the best thing we can do,” said James. “We kept the ball mostly on their half of the field.”
CPP continued to take advantage of set pieces and nearly took the lead in the 34th minute when Daisy Duran’s corner found the head of senior midfielder Lauren Miller, who was denied by a Gator defender on the goal post.
In the second half, the game provided more opportunities to score. Both teams were unable to put the game away. Another corner for the Broncos was almost scored by Tasha Inong, whose shot went through a crowd of defenders before being saved by Holguin.
As the end of regulation drew closer, San Francisco State committed a number of fouls that broke up the play.
“That’s why teams do it,” said Mason. “You can disrupt the rhythm of the other team.”
In overtime, neither team created many chances as tiredness crept into the game. However, the Broncos looked like they were about to steal the lead when James found herself in on a goal but was thwarted at the last moment by the San Francisco State defense.
The Broncos’ defense did their part, keeping a clean sheet and stopping the Gators from creating many clear scoring chances.
“We had really good communication today,” said sophomore defender Natalie Di Angelo. “We were able to switch the ball quickly and take advantage of our outside backs getting into the attack.”
After their game against San Francisco State, the Broncos’ record was 2-3-2 overall and 1-1-1 in CCAA play, while San Francisco State is 5-1-2 overall and 2-0-1 in conference.
“One of the things we’re focusing on as a group is complete 90 minutes,” said Mason. “I think our execution needs to be a little bit better, and if our speed of play is up, we gain more chances and maybe we finish a goal or two.”
As of Sept. 28, CPP’s record is 3-3-2, and 2-2-1 in CCAA play after the team triumphed against Cal State Monterey Bay and suffered a loss against Cal State San Bernardino.
Zoran Liu-Moy / The Poly Post
Women’s soccer tie game
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Women’s soccer against San Francisco State
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