Three second-half goals doomed the Broncos as they fell Wednesday to Cal State San Bernardino 3-0 to go 0-1 to open up California Collegiate Athletic Association play.
“They caught us early on in the second half; toward the end of the game you have to push numbers forward to try and equalize and they got us with the second goal,” Head Coach Adam Reeves said. “We are fighting with confidence with a lot of new guys but we are a good team. It takes time to put it together.”
The Broncos tried to get the scoring started early as sophomore midfielder Eduardo Faria’s shot in the seventh minute was blocked by the Coyotes goalie.
Continuing to put pressure on the Coyotes defense, the Broncos’ second shot of the game by freshman midfielder Daniel Lopez went wide left. Junior midfielder Jimmie Villalobos got in the action as his shot was blocked by the Coyotes.
The Coyotes countered with a shot of their own in the 24th minute of the game that was saved by senior goalkeeper Jakob Hansen. Hansen made the only one save in the first half.
Out of the six shots that the Broncos shot only two were on goal. CPP did have more corners than the coyotes in the first half, 3-2.
Heading to the second half, just five minutes in the Coyotes got the first score of the game.
As Sergio Espindola took a cross inside the box and scored from 15 yards to put them ahead 1-0.
In a tight game, the Broncos were looking for an equalizer. In the 75th minute junior midfielder Alon Grod’s shot went wide right just missing a chance to put the Broncos on the board.
Just a minute after, the Broncos had their best opportunity to tie the game as junior midfielder Cyro Oliveira’s shot hit the crossbar and went out for a goal kick.
“We had a couple of very good chances. Our best opportunity in the first half didn’t even result in a shot,” Reeves said. “That has been the story of our season early on. Creating a number of chances and not capitalizing on it, and when you do that you keep teams in the game.”
Continuing to apply pressure, the Broncos had another shot by Faria that was blocked and gave the Broncos a corner kick. After the corner, the Broncos couldn’t get a shot off and the attack was stalled by an offside.
With just 10 minutes left in the game, Villalobos’ shot was blocked but gave the Broncos an opportunity with a corner kick. The Broncos had four corner kicks in the span of two minutes but could not get a shot off.
Five minutes left in the game the Coyotes’ Jonathan Garcia scored the second goal of the game from 10 yards out to put a dagger into the Broncos.
A minute after the second goal of the game CPP junior defender Jason Ramos tackled a Coyotes attacker in the box giving the Coyotes a penalty kick.
Ramos was given a direct red card and the Coyotes made the penalty giving them a 3-0 win.
Broncos had a total of 13 shots in the game with only three of them on goal. Villalobos led the team with three shots taken with only one on goal.
“Jimmie is fantastic but the honest truth is that we need more than Jimmie,” Reeves said. “It’s about finding the next two or three guys that can help and finish their chances.”
The Broncos defeated San Francisco State 2-1 Sunday afternoon.
Junior midfielder Jordan Jackmon’s golden goal in the 91st minute help lead the Broncos to victory.
The Broncos will head home as they play Stanislaus State Friday night at 7 p.m. and Chico State Sunday evening at 2 p.m.
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