Senior defender Natalie Di Angelo has made two of her four shots on goal in the season. (Courtesy of CPP Athletic Department)

Broncos win fifth straight game

The Cal Poly Pomona men’s soccer team traveled north Friday afternoon to take on the Sonoma State Seawolves and continued its winning streak with a convincing victory.

Senior defender Natalie Di Angelo has made two of her four shots on goal in the season. (Courtesy of CPP Athletic Department)

Bronco forward Benny Lindahl started the game off strong in the 10th minute when he put back a punch-out from the Seawolves goalkeeper.

That would be the only goal scored for both sides in the first half.

In the 40th minute, midfielder Alon Grod was issued a red card, leaving the Broncos down a man for the remaining 55 minutes of the match.

“It is the first time in a while we have had [a red card]; we took a red card earlier in the year but it was really late in the game, so it didn’t really affect the outcome,” Head Coach Adam Reeves said. “Last year, I don’t think we took a red card the entire year so it’s been quite some time since we’ve had to do it and think about it. Obviously, we talk about it and we spend a little bit of time in training but not much. Luckily it was close to halftime so we had to withstand the final five minutes of the half.”

The Seawolves used this to their advantage in the 59th minute when defender Leonardo Gonzalez-Perez got past Bronco goalkeeper Jakob Hansen, tying the game 1-1.

The Broncos took back the lead in the 62nd minute when forward Brian Peek went one-on-one with the Seawolves’ goalkeeper and buried it into the back of the net for a 2-1 advantage.

Soon after that, midfielder Jimmie Villalobos got past the Seawolves defense and scored his seventh goal of the season, making the score 3-1, which was the final score of the match.

“I felt like the whole team was into it and focused and the energy all the way from the bench to the field was good. That motivated us to keep working hard,” Villalobos said. “The turning point was when we got the red card because we were a man down and we knew we had to defend the whole second half and we just knew the one opportunity we had we were going to punish them and obviously we got the opportunity and we scored.”

The Seawolves were ahead in shots on goal with seven, while the Broncos had six.

Bronco goalkeeper Jakob Hansen had a total of six saves to help contain the Seawolves’ attack.

“Overall, we didn’t let [Sonoma] see the frame very much, they didn’t have very many shots, and we kept everything in front of us,” Reeves said. “For this group it’s about fight and tenacity and hard work because the talent is there and so many new guys came in this year that they really needed to learn what hard work is,” Reeves said.

The Broncos have won their last four games and are now tied for second place in the CCAA standings with a total of 12 points.

“I thought since Notre Dame de Namur, we’ve done a much better job,” Reeves said. “We are 5-1 in our last six games; our one loss was to a very good San Bernardino team. We fought there too but unfortunately it didn’t go our way. But since that time I think the group has really come around to understand what it really takes to be successful at this level and winning has been a positive reinforcement, so that is good.”

Senior Nadeer Ghantous has played in all of the Broncos 11 games this season. (Courtesy of CPP Athletic Department)

The Broncos defeated Humboldt State 2-1 Sunday afternoon.

CPP outshot the Jacks 27-13 with 20 of the Broncos shots were on goal. In the first 15 minutes of the game the Broncos were down early.

Just before halftime the Broncos tied up the game buy a shot by Freshman forward Gabriel Castillo.

With just three minutes left in the game, junior defender Jason Ramos gave the Broncos the late goal in the game that gave them the victory.

CPP had 10 corner kicks in the game to just one of the Jacks. Castillo had three shots in the game with all of them on goal.

The Broncos will be back home this week as they face Cal State San Marcos at 12:30 p.m. Friday and UC San Diego at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

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