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Cal Poly women’s soccer beats Otters, ties Gators

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originally posted in The Poly Post

oct. 12 2010

Cal Poly Pomona’s women’s soccer team defeated Cal State Monterey Bay, 4-2, on Friday, then fought their way to a scoreless tie against San Francisco State at Kellogg Field on Sunday.

Following the weekend home stand, the Broncos’ record improved to 6-3-3 overall and 4-3-3 in conference play. Cal Poly Pomona ranks fourth behind Cal State Dominguez Hills in the CCAA Southern Division.

Sunday’s home action saw the Broncos keep pace with the visiting Gators as they participated in their second double overtime game of the season. Despite 96 degree heat, the Broncos recorded 21 shots on goal versus the Gators’ six.

San Francisco State’s sophomore goalkeeper Annicia Jones managed 10 saves throughout Sunday’s match, as Cal Poly Pomona’s prolific offense came close to breaking through with the winning goal on several instances, particularly in the second period of regulation where it produced 10 shots on goal to the Gators’ three.

Head Coach Isabelle Harvey said she was happy with the team’s effort at home on Sunday, despite not coming away with a win.

“I think we played very well,” Harvey said. “Unfortunately, the ball didn’t fall where we wanted it to, but we did everything that we could. You look at the 21 shots that we had, sometimes you just cannot do it the way you would like to, but I thought the team played very well.”

Freshman goalkeeper Sarah Rohman had another solid outing for the Broncos, playing all 110 minutes and finishing with three saves. However, her teammates said that the secret to the team’s early success this season can be attributed to a total team effort philosophy.

In Friday’s contest, the Broncos took an early 2-0 lead on goals by junior forward Justine Barclay and junior forward Jennifer Rivera, but the Otters came back to tie the game in the second half.

The Broncos did not panic and got two more goals from junior forward Valerie Strawn and sophomore forward Angela Garcia to secure the victory.

Strawn, whose goal on Friday gave the Broncos a 3-2 lead, said the victory over Monterey Bay was an example of the team’s commitment toward playing well together as a unit.

“As a whole, we played very good together,” Strawn said. “We moved forward as a team, and defended as a team and that was the main focus of that game, playing as a team. Because we played as a team, we had so much success in getting our goals.”

Senior defender/forward Britany Garrett, who assisted on Barclay’s goal, agreed.

“In the past, our team probably would have let down,” Garrett said. “We started strong, even though they scored two goals, but we stayed positive and got the win.”

As for Sunday’s overtime tie, Garrett said, “It’s hard, but it’s our home field and we have a lot of pride in defending our home field. We wanted to send them home with a loss. Unfortunately, it ended up a tie, but we worked hard the whole time.”

The Broncos return this weekend to play two matches against Cal State San Bernardino on Friday and Sunday. Friday’s match is away and Sunday’s match is at Kellogg Field. Both matches begin at 11:30 a.m.

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October 13, 2010 at 2:06 am

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