The Broncos’ women’s soccer team fell 2-0 to Cal State San Bernardino in their first conference game of the season on Wednesday, pushing the Broncos to 4-3 this season.
Cal Poly Pomona came into the match with a record of 4-2, while the Coyotes were 1-4.
After winning their previous three games, the Broncos felt ready to take on CSUSB.
“The group we have is known for being a hardworking group and committed. I don’t think they all bought in today,” Head Coach Jay Mason said.
“I think they came in with the attitude that they were going to be OK. San Bernardino is a good team and they took their chances. It’s really difficult for a team to show up and change their intensity and their intent after the game starts.”
San Bernardino midfielder Kelly Kevershan scored the first goal of the game in the seventh minute, taking advantage of the Broncos’ inability to clear the ball on the defensive end.
The Broncos had a total of nine shots in the first half to just three by the Coyotes.
That score held up through the half and the score was 1-0 going into the break.
In the 56th minute, Kerveshan went one-on-one with Bronco goalkeeper Clarissa Sanchez and buried a shot in the upper left corner of the goal from 15 yards out, giving the Coyotes a 2-0 lead.
In the 62nd minute, Bronco forward Ally LaCarra-Platt came into the game and brought some energy to the team, taking four shots, three on goal.
However, the Broncos couldn’t find the net and the game ended with San Bernardino taking a 2-0 win.
“They took advantage of the things that we need to work on,” Platt said. “In any game, I think whoever has that kind of intensity in the middle and likes to win the balls in the air will definitely have the advantage no matter who the team is.”
The Broncos were ahead on shots with 19, nine of which were on goal, while the Coyotes only had seven.
“We outshot them by a lot but it doesn’t mean anything. At the end of the day, it comes down to execution and commitment to the game plan and today they were more committed than we were,” Mason said.
Bronco goalkeepers Clarissa Sanchez and Sydney Williams each made one save during the match.
While CSUSB’s goalkeeper Carly Luna made nine saves to keep the Broncos from seeing the back of the net.
Bronco forward Taylor Scott worked hard up top.
Taylor took three shots with one on goal.
“I think some strategies that didn’t work were that we didn’t communicate as a team and that is something we are trying to work on,” Scott said.
“I think we need to work on trying to connect our final passes in the final third. We create opportunities and we just need to work on finishing them and putting them in the back of the net. I think we played well but there were parts that we could have done better.”
Even though the Broncos have a young team, they feel like they have a chance to succeed in conference play.
“Our team is very young and I think we have a lot of learning to do but we have very good players on our team and we all just need to trust each other more on the field,” Scott said.
The Broncos had 11 players who had at least one shot in the game.
La Carra-Platt led the team with four.
Broncos had three players with two shots each.
“The conference is tough, it’s the number one conference in the country and every team has the ability to beat any other team and today was a good example of that,” Mason said. “Our goal is to get ourselves back into the conference tournament and take a run at winning it but we’ve got a lot of work to do and just to get in is really difficult, so right now we’ve just got to take it one game at a time.”
The Broncos tied San Francisco State 0-0 Sunday afternoon to go 0-1-1 in conference play.
The Broncos had a total of 17 shots in the game to just five Gators.
Junior forward Amanda led the team with three shots.
Two of Duran’s shots were on goal.
The Broncos will have two consecutive home games, as they will play Stanislaus State Friday night at 4:30 p.m. and Chico State at 11:30 a.m.
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