A late surge by the Broncos’ offense wasn’t enough, as they dropped their home opener to Point Loma 1-0 at Kellogg Stadium.
“The little details got us today and we didn’t execute on the offensive end and they nicked one there on the corner kick,” head coach Jay Mason said. “We generated some chances there at the end but got some unlucky bounces.”
Looking to get the scoring started with just a minute into the game, sophomore forward Taylor Scott drove past the defenders and took a shot. Unfortunately, it was saved by the Point Loma goalkeeper Emma Hinson.
The Broncos outshot the Sea Lions 10-4 with three of the Broncos shots on goal.
In the 13-minute mark of the game, the Sea Lions opened up the scoring as they served a corner kick into the box which was headed by Point Loma’s Julia Glaser, giving the Broncos an early 1-0 deficit.
Throughout the first half, each team couldn’t get through each other’s defense as there were only three shots taken in the first half, two by the Broncos and one by the Sea Lions.
The second shot taken by the Broncos in the first half was by senior defender Natalie Di Angelo that sailed wide left.
At the end of the first half, the Sea Lions had a 1-0 lead.
“We started off a little slow, but we played pretty well in the second half. We just have a few things to work on and will get after it the next time,” Di Angelo said.
With the early deficit, the Broncos looked to put pressure on the Sea Lions.
There was a total of eight shots taken by the Broncos in the second half.
The Broncos couldn’t get through the Point Loma defense as they continued to attack but couldn’t get the equalizer.
In the 84 minute of the game, Scott nearly tied the game, but her shot hit the crossbar, giving the Broncos a corner kick that they could capitalize on.
In the final minute of the game, the Broncos had to consecutive corner quicks. As they brought out freshman goalkeeper Sydney Williams to put more players in the Box, Scott header went high ending the game.
Scott led the team with three shots taken and with one of them on goal. Williams had two saves in the game and only allowed one goal.
“We all did pretty good, [and] even though we did have some scary moments, we handled them really well and were able to get the ball back for our offense,” Williams said.
“We just need to make sure we can finish our opportunities, communicate well and just play soccer at the end of the day.”
Looking to bounce, the Broncos defeated Azusa Pacific 2-0 Saturday night.
The Broncos’ offense dominated the game as they took a total of 22 shots in the game.
Eight of the Broncos’ shots were on goal.
Sophomore forward Samantha Putnam got the scoring started for the Broncos in the 39 minute, as defender Taylor Rasmussen kicked the ball over the Cougars’ defense ahead to Putnam who shot over the goalkeeper scoring in the top left-hand corner.
Just before halftime, the Broncos had a big opportunity as they had a free kick from 25 yards out.
Looking to take advantage of the opportunity, Di Angelo kicked a rocket that hit the crossbar and bounced into the goal, giving the Broncos a 2-0 lead before the half.
Although the Broncos took 11 shots in the second half, the Cougar defense didn’t allow a goal in the second half.
Williams had three saves in the game, recording her second shutout of the season.
CPP moves to 2-2 in the season with just two games away from CCAA play.
The Broncos look to keep their momentum going as they head to Irvine to face Concordia Irvine on Wednesday with kick off set at 3:30 p.m. The Broncos return home Saturday to face Notre Dame De Namur at Kellogg Stadium at 4:30 p.m.