Natali Di Angelo and the Broncos’ defense have only allowed one goal in the last three games. (Jesse Tovar | The Poly Post)

Penalty the difference in third straight win

The Broncos have won three consecutive games as they improve to 4-2 on the season and look to carry the momentum heading to California Collegiate Athletic Association play.

The Broncos won Saturday afternoon 1-0 by a penalty kick from sophomore forward Taylor Scott.

“I was trying not to think about it because when I over think I tend to miss them,” Scott said. “I was just focused on the ball and focusing were I wanted to shoot it.”

Natali Di Angelo and the Broncos’ defense have only allowed one goal in the last three games. (Jesse Tovar | The Poly Post)

Looking to be aggressive early in the game, the Broncos got two shots from freshman midfielder Jillian Erwin with just five minutes into the game.

The Argos tried to get the scoring started in the 22nd minute of the game, but a save by freshman goalkeeper Sydney Williams kept the score at zero.

Argos continued to put pressure on the Broncos defense as Williams came up with another save in the 27th minute to keep the Broncos in the game.

Both teams put pressure on one another but the game stayed tied at zero heading to halftime.

“We tried to start being aggressive right off the start. I’m happy we got the shutout and once we settled down, we were able to play better and get the win,” Head Coach Jay Mason said.

The Argos outshot the Broncos 7-6 in the first half, with three of the seven shots on goal. The Broncos did have more corners with two in the first half.

The Broncos came out firing in the second half, as they had 11 shots to just four from the Argos.

“We did well offensively [but we] just need to get that final pass,” Scott said. “We moved the ball well up top but we still need little things that we need to work on.”

Sophomore forward Samantha Putnam nearly broke the tie as her shot from eight yards out was saved by the Argos goalkeeper. Just a couple minutes later for the Broncos, threatening junior midfielder Daniela Paiz’s shot was saved.

In the 69th minute of the game, junior forward Ambria Pogue cross hit an Argos defenders’ hand. The defender was in the box, giving the Broncos a penalty kick and also giving them a chance to break the tie.

Scott stepped up and fired a strike in the back of the net, giving the Broncos the lead.

Broncos received a free kick from the left side of the field from 20 yards out. Sophomore defender Taylor Rasmussen directly kicked the ball towards the goal, but it just went over the right corner of the goal.

Williams recorded her third shutout of the season with six saves.

“We need to open up out in the back for our keeper and keep it simple,” senior defender Natalie Di Angelo said. “Slowing the game down can help us out defensively so they are chasing rather than us running and using so much energy.”

On Wednesday night, the Broncos defeated Concordia Irvine 2-1 by goals from senior midfielder Aline Graham and sophomore midfielder Allison Hung, for their first goals of the season.

Five minutes into the game, a ball that went off junior forward Shayna Larson was redirected by Hung and gave the Broncos their first lead of the game.

The Broncos just had three shots in the first half to the Eagles four.

Heading to halftime, the Broncos led the Eagles 1-0 and looked to increase their lead in the second half.

In the 65th minute of the game, the Broncos got another goal from Graham that gave them a 2-0 lead, putting pressure on the Eagles.

The Eagles answered right back as they got their first goal just four minutes right after to put them within striking distance to tie the game.

Scott and sophomore forward Ally LaCarra-Platt each led the team with two shots each. Williams had a season-high of seven saves in the game.

The Broncos will head to San Bernardino on Wednesday afternoon to start CCAA play.

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