Women’s soccer denied win by late penalty

By Azariah Long

Women’s soccer tied against the San Francisco State Gators 1-1 on Friday, in the second to last game of the California Collegiate Athletic Association regular season.

A late penalty by San Francisco denied the Broncos the road win.

“We need to press and be more organized and that is what let us down this week,” Mason said. “Keeping ourselves organized is very important.”

In the first half, the Broncos played great defense to prevent the Gators from scoring.

The Broncos had some great chances to score a goal early.

The team had great communication skills, passing, discipline, and energy.

They also played smarter than the Gators.

During the first half, the Broncos took one shot.

In a 10-minute stretch, starting in the 25th minute, Cal Poly Pomona almost scored multiple times and had a couple of shots at the goal.

After the first half, the score was tied 0-0.

In the second half, the Broncos came out offensively ready to score on every play.

They tried to take advantage of a tired team that looked drained after the first half.

The ball movement continued to be get better throughout out the second half.

Junior midfielder Aline Graham put the Broncos in front in the 60th minute.

Senior midfielder Tasha Inong took a shot from the left side of the box that was parried away.

Sophomore forward Ambria Pogue collected the ball of the right flank and passed the ball back to a supporting teammate.

The ball was floated into the box and bounced just outside the six-yard box as senior San Francisco State goalkeeper Christina Holguin came to collect.

Graham reacted faster and poked the ball into the net past Holguin.

“The team got energized with the score, and we just wanted to continue the momentum,” Graham said.

CPP was three minutes away from a 1-0 win when San Francisco was awarded a penalty for a handball committed by junior defender Natalie Di Angelo.

The ball was played down the line and the cross into the box was deflected by Di Angelo’s outstretched left arm.

Without hesitation, the referee pointed to the penalty spot.

Senior Laura Shea stepped up for the Gators and placed the ball to senior goalkeeper Ricki Ives’s left to level the score.

Neither team was able to score the winning goal in regulation or in 20 minutes worth of overtime.

“The last couple of weeks things have not gone our way, but we are more focused and motivated for next week,” Inong said.

CPP is now 9-5-2 overall and 5-4-2 in CCAA play.

Cal Poly Pomona will play its final game of the regular season at home this Friday at 4:30 p.m. against Cal State San Bernardino.

Tasha Inong

Courtesy of CPP Sports Information

Tasha Inong’s shot started the attack that led to the opening goal

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