Broncos midfielder Jimmie Villalobos, scored a golden goal in the 94th minute against Notre Dame de Namur, to notch a thrilling 2-1 win for the Broncos to put the Broncos 2-3 in the season.
After falling short three games in a row, the Broncos were more than ready to take to the field on Saturday night and bring home a win.
“Last game, we were against Concordia [Irvine], I thought we dominated just like this and we lost on a play where we weren’t in balance,” Head Coach Adam Reeves said. “I think we lost a little bit of our toughness and I’d have to say we got a little bit of that back tonight.”
The Argonauts scored in the 21st minute and took a 1-0 lead.
However Bronco senior defender, Nadeer Ghantous, tied the game in the 40th minute with a header off a corner kick from senior midfielder Patricio Yrizar.
CPP’s defense tightened up and was able to keep the Argonauts from scoring.
While the offense continued to put pressure on goal.
The Broncos communicated well, on and off the field, to control the game and enter halftime with a 1-1 tie.
“We all worked together and not individually, which is the most important thing and we didn’t put our heads down and we kept pushing and working hard together,” Ghantous said.
CPP held the edge when it came to corners kicks and shots, with four corner kicks and 18 shots in the half.
CPP continued to dominate in the second half with another eight shots, five on goal.
However, neither team could find the net in the intense defensive battle.
The score remained tied at the end of regulation and the game went into golden goal overtime.
Win the 94th minute, Villalobos buried a shot from eight yards back, right below the crossbar, breaking the tie and winning the game for the Broncos.
The Broncos ended the game with a 25-4 shot advantage, 7-0 corner kick advantage, and 3-9 shots on goal.
“I think what worked today is that we talked at the beginning of the game and we told each other that we have to fight as a team, we have to play as a team, and work hard until the last minute and until the final goal,” Villalobos said. “There was energy from the bench all the way to the field. When we started to warm up, [we] were picking each other up, talking, just finishing all the shots and I feel like that brings everything to the field and it picks us up.”
Senior goalkeeper, Jakob Hansen made three saves. Another prominent player was junior midfielder Cyro Oliveria, who had one assist, three shots, and two shots on goal.
“I’m trying to preach to the guys that we don’t need to send 6, 7 [or] 8 guys forward, we can score goals with 5 and we keep 5 in balance so that they can’t counter us and score,” Reeves said.
Sophomore midfielder Eduardo Faria, made his Bronco debut on Saturday, with six shots and one shot on goal.
“It was his first game with us and he made a tremendous impact tonight, so it’s great to have him as we reach the conference play,” Reeves said.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Broncos lost to Concordia Irvine 3-2, with a last-minute goal by the Eagles.
In the 89th minute, the Broncos’ defense allowed a breakaway that the Eagles took advantage. The goal scored stole the victory for the Eagles.
The Broncos got the scoring started in the 14th minute as Oliveira set up Villalobos for the goal in the box.
Just two minutes later, the Eagles scored to tie the game at one apiece. With momentum on their side, the Eagles captured the lead a minute as they scored in the box. The goal gave the eagles a 2-1 lead heading to the half.
Broncos’ offense outshot the Eagles 9-4 in the first half with six of the shots of the Broncos were on goal.
Looking to tie the game, the connection between Oliveira and Villalobos worked again. Oliveira centered the ball into the box and Villalobos scored on a header to tie the game at two.
The Broncos had a total of 19 total shots in the game with just seven for the Eagles.
Of those 19 shots only six of them were on goal.
Broncos also doubled the Eagles with corners with a total of six.
The Broncos will be on the road Wednesday to start CCAA as they take on Cal State San Bernardino at 3 p.m. They head back home on Sunday afternoon as they will take on San Francisco State at 2 p.m.
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