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women’s soccer team winless in final games

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originally printed in the Poly Post

The Cal Poly Pomona women’s soccer team concluded its season over the weekend with road losses to rivals Cal State Dominguez Hills on Friday and Cal State Los Angeles on Sunday, 3-0 and 4-3, respectively.

The Broncos ended their season 7-8-3 overall and a 5-8-3 conference record, finishing fifth place in the CCAA South Division.

The Broncos did not qualify for a berth in the CCAA Tournament, while Cal State Los Angeles (14-3, 13-3) clinched its second consecutive South Division title as well as a CCAA Tournament berth. Cal State Dominguez Hills (12-5-1, 10-5-1) finished third in the conference.

Despite falling behind 2-0 at halftime in Sunday’s game at Jesse Owens Stadium to the Golden Eagles, the Broncos fought back, scoring three goals. The Golden Eagles scored one more to even the score at 3-3, before the Broncos finally surrendered the decisive score in the second overtime.

After spending most of the first half on the defensive end, the Broncos, junior defender Sarah Hanna floated a shot from the top of the box over goalkeeper in the 46th minute, to cut the Golden Eagles’ lead to 2-1. Junior forward Valerie Strawn earned the assist.

The Broncos then tied the game 2-2 in the 50th minute on a header by junior forward Justine Barclay, with an assist on a cross by Hanna.

The Broncos took their first lead during the second period in the 80th minute, when junior forward Jennifer Rivera delivered a shot into the back of the net on an assist by senior defender/forward Britany Garrett.

However, the comeback was thwarted by the Golden Eagles’ senior midfielder Liz Franco, whose goals at the 89th and 106th minutes, counted for Cal State Los Angeles’ tying and game-winning goals, respectively.

Head coach Isabelle Harvey said she was proud of the way the team fought back to get back in the game.

“To go down 2-0 at halftime and then scoring three goals against Cal State L.A., a good team, it’s definitely showing a lot of character,” Harvey said. “I am very proud of the effort that we gave today, definitely.”

On Friday night, the Broncos were bested by Cal State Dominguez Hills, 3-0, as the Toros finished with a shot advantage of 8-5, scoring two goals in the first 13 minutes of play and keeping Cal Poly Pomona scoreless throughout the game.

“It was easy for me to find my chances to score because they knew how I played and my style of playing, they would give me those perfect balls to just put them in the goal and finish them, so I’m happy with the season I had this year,” Rivera said.

Sarah Hanna said the end of the season hit her hard when her coach mentioned the seniors.

“I just hate the feeling of going out on a bad note, but we played all out in the second half,” Hanna said. “It’s heartbreaking that it’s over.”


Written by sgvsports

November 6, 2010 at 12:38 am

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