Men’s soccer advances in NCAA Tournament

By Danielle Rodriguez

The men’s soccer team traveled to Seattle, Washington over the weekend to compete in the first and second rounds of the NCAA Division II Championship.

On Thursday, the team went head-to-head against Sonoma State for the first round at Interbay Stadium and won 2-0.

In the first half of the game, junior forward Luis Najera Jr. set up a perfect situation for junior midfielder to score the first goal of the game. About 16 minutes in, Monso seized the opportunity, which put the Broncos in the lead 1-0.

Monso then scored the second goal in the 78th minute when freshman midfielder Jordan Jackmon assisted on a cross, which allowed Monso to score the second goal for the Broncos. This marked Jackmon’s fourth assist and Monso’s 12th goal for the 2016 season.

Junior goalkeeper Jason Trejos was an asset to CPP’s success by collecting two saves in the game.

“Today was a good win against a quality team that is well-trained,” head coach Yossi Raz told Bronco Athletics. “The players were on point with their attention to detail and commitment to each other. We have very little time to celebrate as we have a great task ahead of us. We are looking forward to the challenge.”

This game allowed fifth-seeded CPP to advance to the second round to go against No. 1 seed and host Simon Fraser.

On Saturday, CPP battled SFU and the game resulted in a 0-0 tie.

Going into the postseason, SFU entered with a No. 3 ranking in Division II, but after the second round of the tournament, SFU’s season ended with a record of 14-1-3.

The Broncos were nearing elimination as SFU held a 1-0 lead after two rounds of penalty kicks. However Monso, junior midfielders Jose Garcia and Dante Medina and freshman midfielder Ori Kenett converted on their PK attempts, which allowed the Broncos to stay in the game. The final penalty kick result was 4-3 with the CPP in the lead.

Once again, Trejos stopped SFU’s shot, which was a great asset in the victory.

“Our players’ commitment to each other and the execution of the details were at a very high level, ” Coach Raz told Bronco Athletics. “The players’ ability to overcome adversity this weekend was outstanding.”

Currently the Broncos hold a record of 13-5-3 and will advance in the third and quarterfinal rounds in the NCAA Tournament. They will play the winner of the UC San Diego and Western Washington matchup next week.

The Broncos after their game against Simon Fraser

Courtesy of Bronco Athletics

The Broncos after their game against Simon Fraser

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