Despite outshooting Cal State San Marcos, the Broncos remain winless in conference play as the game ended with a 0-0 tie Friday afternoon at Kellogg Stadium.
Throughout the game, the Broncos outshot the Cougars 17-3 with seven of the shots for CPP on goal. Two of the three shots for the Cougars were on goal.
“The girls worked extremely hard against a really organized and physical team,” head coach Jay Mason said. “I was a little disappointed in our attacking third as far as our composure in the area. We continue to generate shots, but we need to start taking our chances and that’s the difference in us coming out with a tie.”
To start the game, the Broncos put pressure early on the Cougar defense.
In the first five minutes into the game, junior forward Ambria Pogue had the first shot of the game that went wide left.
Looking to turn into a defensive game, the next Bronco shot was taken by sophomore midfielder Alyssa Carthan in the 22nd minute of the game that appeared to be the first score of the game, but the shot curled left just missing the post.
Junior forward Amanda Duran, who last played Sept. 23 after coming off a bone bruise, played a total of 64 minutes in the game and showed her presence right away.
“It was really exciting, and I was just really happy to be back and to be able to play with my team again,” Duran said.
Duran controlled the midfield for the Broncos, trying to get her team going offensively.
Just minutes before heading into halftime, the Broncos had a corner kick kicked by Duran fall to sophomore forward Samantha Putnam who nearly gave the Broncos the lead heading to the half, but just missed the left post.
The Broncos had a total of five shots and one corner kick in the first half to just two shots from the Cougars.
Looking to take the lead right away, the Broncos took the first three shots of the first half.
Failing to clear the ball in the 55th minute of the game, freshman midfielder Allyssa Larkin took a shot inside the box that deflected a Cougar player and nearly broke the tie but was saved by the goalkeeper Yersenia Betancourt.
With just 10 minutes left in regulation, the Broncos had a free kick that is usually taken by senior defender Natalie Di Angelo, who has scored on a free kick this season. But Di Angelo was battling a bad hamstring, so Larkin took the free kick.
Larkin’s free quick went over the cross-bar missing a great opportunity for the Broncos.
Just a minute later, Larkin nearly had redemption as she had a breakaway, but her shot was saved by Betancourt.
“We fought hard and did well defensively. The heart was there, but we couldn’t finish in the final third,” Di Angelo said. “We are not as disciplined, and it comes down to our front line to just put the ball in the back of the net and being hungry and putting their body on the line.”
Heading into overtime, the Broncos looked to get their first win in conference play.
In the first half of overtime, neither team was able to get a shot off as both defenses were playing aggressively.
In the second half of overtime, freshman midfielder Jillian Erwin’s shot nearly ended the game but was deflected by Betancourt and hit the top post nearly going into the goal.
The Broncos had just two shots in overtime but neither of them was able to give the Broncos the victory.
“This is the most adversities our team has faced as far as injuries and people missing all the time,” Mason said. “We have a lot of young players stepping up. We outshoot everybody, that’s a testament to their hard work, but we just don’t have that desire to score.”
The Broncos will be away next weekend as they will face Cal State Monterey Bay on Friday and Cal State East Bay on Sunday.
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