By Azariah Long
Women’s soccer clinched a playoff berth on senior night with a 3-1 win against Cal State San Bernardino.
The Broncos got off to a slow start in the first half.
They continued to pass the ball early trying to score and played great defense throughout the half.
In the seventh minute, senior forward Stephanie Rodriguez shot wide left from about 25 yards out.
Two minutes later, the Broncos almost scored on a free kick from midfield.
Toward the end of the half, the Broncos struggled to get pressure on the ball, but a save from senior goalkeeper Ricki Ives prevented the Coyotes from taking the lead.
At the end of the first half the score was 0-0.
“I think the last couple of games we have been waiting for someone to step up, and at halftime I challenged some of them to step up and take the responsibility to make a difference in the game,” head coach Jay Mason said.
In the second half, the Broncos came out aggressive.
Ten minutes into the second half, sophomore forward Amanda Duran opened the scoring on an assist from senior midfielder Daisy Duran.
“I think we had a good refocus after halftime and channeling our excitement from senior night as a collective force to get the job done,” Amanda Duran said.
San Bernardino’s goalkeeper tripped in front of the goal and allowed the ball to sail in for the Broncos.
After the goal, the team continued to chase the ball down and kept attacking the goal.
They continued to keep looking for more opportunities early in the half to increase their lead.
Freshman forward Samantha Putnam had a chance to score another goal to help the team increase the lead, but was denied.
Ives had some great saves throughout the game, which included preventing a goal that would have tied the game with 20 minutes left.
Daisy Duran came in clutch for the team scoring in the 72nd minute from 12 yards out striking between two defenders.
A minute later, Daisy Duran scored another goal on a penalty kick to the right corner giving the team a 3-0 lead.
The Broncos continued to be disciplined and prevented a goal until the 75th minute when San Bernardino scored a consolation goal.
CPP held on for the 3-1 win.
“After getting our feet under us and getting our feet underneath us, we knew what to do, and in the first half we got all the nerves out and were able to play our game like we knew how to,” Daisy Duran said.
CPP take on Sonoma State today in the first round of the California Collegiate Athletic Association tournament.
Christian Manoukian / The Poly Post
Senior midfielder Tasha Inong and women’s soccer won 3-1 against San Bernardino on senior night
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