By David Wilson
The men’s soccer team won its second-straight game 1-0 on Sept. 23 against California Collegiate Athletic Association rival San Francisco State University. A 33-minute free kick by junior midfielder Kevin Martinez proved to be the difference.
The Broncos outshot San Francisco State 7-3 in the first half, but had nothing to show for it after half an hour. Junior midfielder Sergi Monso found himself through a goal but was denied at the near post by Gators goalkeeper Emmanuel Jimenez. Jimenez was forced into three saves by Cal Poly Pomona in the first half.
Seven minutes later, freshman midfielder Jordan Jackmon got on the end of a threw ball and looked to be in on goal before being pulled down just outside the box, setting up a free kick for the Broncos 22 yards from goal.
With Martinez and Dante Medina standing over the free kick, it was Martinez who stepped and placed a left-footed shot into the top left corner for his first goal of the season.
“At first we decided that Dante was going to take it,” said Martinez. “Then [Assistant Coach] Adam Reeves from the bench called my name so I hit it. As soon as I hit it I just felt like it was going in.”
The Broncos nearly doubled their lead just before the half when Jackmon was played in by sophomore forward Andre Cakar. CPP was forced to shuffle its lineup in the first half as three Broncos were forced off due to injury.
“It’s life,” said the Broncos’ head coach Yossi Raz. “It’s part of being in this program. You’ve got to be gritty and be able to dig yourself through tough situations.”
In the second half, the Gators started to put more pressure on the Broncos, but were unable to find a way through. San Francisco State had more possession, but struggled to create many clear scoring chances. Their best chance came in the 80th minute when midfielder Andy Altamirano had an opportunity to score off a rebound, but his shot went wide. The Broncos have won their last two games 1-0 thanks in large part to strong defensive displays.
“We stayed very connected, and that was the key to keeping the shutout,” said captain and senior defender Leonel Espinoza.
Espinoza had the added challenge of playing the entire game with a facemask due to injury.
“I had an incident against Cal State LA three weeks ago and broke my nose,” said Espinoza. “It cuts a little bit of my vision, but other than that I am playing the same way I was playing before.”
The Boncos also earned two wins against Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal State San Bernardino, leaving the team with an overall record of 8-2-1 and 4-1 in CCAA play as of Sept. 28.
Courtesy of Tom Zasadzinski
Men’s soccer defeats San Francisco State
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