Women’s soccer traveled north to Rohnert Park Wednesday afternoon and was held to a 0-0 draw against the No. 10 Sonoma State Seawolves.
The draw pushed the Broncos’ overall record to 12-3-3 and 8-1-3 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) conference.
“(Wednesday’s) game was a playoff game. We knew going into it that it was going to be a physical contest, so we knew there were going to be a lot of moments where we had to be brave,” head coach Jay Mason said. “I was really proud of the kids. It’s a tough place to get a result, and for them to go in there against the top team in the region and tie, and not concede any goals, is great.”
The Broncos had a total of eight shots, two of which were on target.
The Seawolves on the other hand had 11 shots, five of which were on target.
The intensity of the match was evident as both teams totaled 14 fouls.
Despite being on the road, the Broncos’ desire to win was clear as the team quickly put up its first shot.
The shot came from senior defender Cassidy Overstreet, but went just out above the Seawolves’ goal.
The Seawolves answered right away, and put up back-to-back shots.
Fortunately for the Broncos, sophomore goalkeeper Sydney Williams was able to contain the second shot, after the first one went out left of the goal.
Seven minutes later, the Broncos almost got on the board, after sophomore midfielder Amanda Duran took a shot that went just left of the goal.
Following Duran’s shot, senior forward Ambria Pogue took a shot to the bottom left corner of the Seawolves’ goal, but it was saved by the goalkeeper.
A minute later, senior defender Daniela Paiz pushed forward in search of breaking through for the Broncos, but her shot was just out right of the goal.
After Paiz’s shot, the Broncos had a total of two shots to end the first half.
Despite being the better team in the first half, the Broncos in the last 20 minutes of the first half struggled offensively, as the team did not put up any shots.
“Overall, I think the team did a really good job,” Paiz said.
“We talked in the beginning about this match being a tough battle and what we wanted to set our goals as and shutting down their key players. And I think we did a good job of doing that.”
During the beginning of the second half, the Broncos continued struggling offensively and did not put up a shot until minute 70. Pogue, once again, had a shot but it was unsuccessful.
Minutes before, the Seawolves almost broke through after they had back-to-back shots, but Williams denied the attempts.
In the last 15 minutes of regulation, the Broncos had another shot, but it was saved by the Seawolves’ goalkeeper.
As the clock was winding down, the Seawolves, in search of the win, pushed forward and almost broke through after they had three shots in the final five minutes.
The Broncos’ defense was able to keep them at bay to send the game into overtime.
“I think we were just unlucky with a couple of our chances,” junior defender Taylor Rasmussen said. “We got really close a couple times; I just think today it wasn’t going our way and it was a tough field to play on. So I think that affected us.”
For the first overtime half, the match was only played 10 minutes because of the lack of light, ending the match in a draw.
The Broncos will be back in action at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday when the team will face the Cal State L.A. Golden Eagles at Kellogg Stadium in the first round of the CCAA Championship Tournament.
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