By Azariah Long
Women’s soccer lost to Sonoma State 3-1 in the first round of the California Collegiate Athletic Association Championship tournament.
The Broncos entered the tournament ranked sixth in the West Region needing to retain that position to earn a place in the NCAA Division II Tournament.
“We started well in the first half with a lot energy, pressure, and we just came up short,” head coach Jay Mason said.
CPP started out with a tremendous amount of energy throughout the first half.
Senior forwards Tasha Inong and Daisy Duran both took a shot at the goal in the first minute, which were both saved.
In the next minute of play, the team prevented the Seawolves from scoring on a header off a corner kick.
At the 10-minute mark, Inong attempted to score again on a shot at the goal.
In the 33rd minute, the Broncos allowed the Seawolves to score a goal on a shot 14 yards out that hit off the left post that sophomore midfielder Sarah Lindborg finished.
Sophomore defender Riley West set up Lindborg for the goal.
The Seawolves took another shot at goal in the 36th minute, which senior goalkeeper Ricki Ives saved.
Within 10 minutes of falling behind, the Broncos equalized through junior defender Natalie Di Angelo on a free kick from 22 yards out.
The score was tied 1-1 at the half.
In the second half, the Broncos began to struggle.
The Broncos continued to allow the Seawolves to shoot at the goal.
The Broncos defense started to pick up after a rough start.
Less than a minute into the half, the Broncos defended a potential goal that went wide left.
During the 65th minute, sophomore forward Ambria Pogue took a shot that Sonoma State junior goalkeeper Kristen Spear saved.
Sophomore forward Sam Layman put Sonoma State in front in the 65th minute when she headed in a corner from freshman midfielder Madison Watts.
Any chance at a comeback ended when freshman forward Alexis Espitia took advantage of Ives misplaying a cross that West played in putting the Seawolves up 3-1 with 14 minutes left.
Whether CPP’s season continues depends on this week NCAA Tournament selection show.
If selected, the first round of the tournament begins this weekend.
Courtesy of CPP Sports Information
Daisy Duran scored a team leading six goals and notched two assists this season
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