By Fredy Ramirez
Men’s soccer lost 2-0 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament Championship to Cal State Los Angeles, and missed out on an automatic place in this week’s NCAA Division II Tournament.
The Broncos trailed early as the Golden Eagles scored in the seventh minute when sophomore Robin Lindahl placed a right-footed shot into the top left corner of the net.
After the goal, L.A. seemed to be content with trying to defend its lead for the rest of the game.
“If you give up a goal to Cal State L.A. it is going to be very difficult to fight and claw back in it,” head coach Adam Reeves said in a press conference.
The Broncos dominated time of possession in the first half, but failed to finish.
CPP kept the ball on Cal State Los Angeles’s side of the field, but the Broncos only managed to take shots from outside of the box.
The Golden Eagles loaded the box on defense and never let the Broncos orchestrate any offense.
The first half ended with the Golden Eagles leading 1-0.
CPP came out looking for the equalizer early in the second half.
Sophomore defender Angel Cova’s shot missed the back of the net as his shot hit the post minutes into the second half.
The second half featured much of the same pattern as the first.
The Broncos pressured early and often, but the Golden Eagles held strong.
The Broncos best chance to tie the game came late as senior forward Sergi Monso took a defender to his left and shot it to the bottom right corner of the goal.
The Golden Eagles’ senior goalkeeper Steven Barrera made a phenomenal play as he dove across the net to punch the ball wide.
As time expired, the Broncos became desperate.
The Golden Eagles took advantage of the desperation and scored on a breakaway through freshman midfielder David Elizaga with two minutes remaining to put the game away.
On Friday, men’s soccer defeated San Francisco State 3-0 in the semifinal of the CCAA Tournament.
The Broncos pressured and outshot the Gators the entire game.
The Broncos scored early as junior midfielder Cyro Oliveria provided a nice feed to senior forward Luis Najera Jr.
Najera finished the play by shooting the ball underneath the goalkeeper from the top of the box.
“I think having the Offensive Player of the Year [Monso] really helps open up space for everyone. He checked in, they gave him the respect that he deserves,” Najera said in a press conference. “They went with him, so I was just able to slip behind him.”
A couple of missed opportunities and great saves by senior goalkeeper Jason Trejos kept the game 1-0.
The Broncos’ offense took over in the second half as they outshot the Gators 9-2.
“Once San Francisco had to open up and chase the game at 1-0 you know I have some killers on the team and they were able to put the game away.” Reeves said in a press conference after the game.
Senior midfielder Jose Garcia provided the second goal for the Broncos for some extra insurance.
CPP continued to push the ball down the field that resulted in another goal.
This time, Monso finished the play to all but seal the victory for the Broncos.
The goal by Monso marked his 36th career goal, giving him the CPP career goal record.
Johnny Lima set the previous record in 1988.
“I wasn’t really thinking about it when I scored the goal because I was really focused on the game and nothing else besides winning and going to the CCAA final,” Monso said.
CPP awaits the NCAA Tournament selection show that takes place this week to find out if the season will continue.
“We’re an NCAA tournament team and that’s all there is to it,” Reeves said in a press conference. “Our record speaks for itself.”
Courtesy of CPP Sports Information
Monso scored his 19th goal of the season and 36th career goal against San Francisco State
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