To hear coach Gabriel Bolton tell it, the Cal State Stanislaus Warriors had plenty of opportunities to score on Sunday afternoon against CSU East Bay.
They needed only one. Karenee Demery scored the only goal in the Warriors' 1-0 soccer victory over the Pioneers.
“We played extremely well today,” said Bolton. “Our possession created an extraordinary number of chances.”
Ranked 8th in their division, the Warriors are now 11-1 overall and 7-1 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. It was the ninth straight win for CSUS, tying the record for most wins in a row set in 2005. In their streak, the Warriors have allowed only four goals and never more than one in a match.
Part of that, undoubtedly, is thanks to Demery — the CCAA’s leading scorer. She scored her 13th goal of the season when took a pass from Allie Dugan and launched the ball into the post. No problem. Demery collected her own rebound and kicked it in. With her assist total, Demery has 29 points this year.
Cal State Stanislaus is now 26-3-3 in matches in which Demery has scored a goal during her career.
The Warriors continued to put on the offensive pressure despite not scoring for the remainder of the match. In all, Stanislaus out-shot CSUEB, 14-8 (8-2 on goal). The Pioneer goalkeepers had seven saves. CSU East Bay is 4-6-1 and 2-6-1 in the CCAA.
“One of the things that I appreciate about this team is that while we have our style of play we are also able to adapt,” Bolton said.
Millie Brown had two saves for Stanislaus and now is in the top five in every CCAA goalkeeper category. Her goals-against average is a sterling 0.57.
CSUS 1, CSU EAST BAY 0
Clint Long worked his second shutout of the weekend on Sunday as California State University, Stanislaus beat CSU East Bay 1-0.
East Bay managed only six shots on goal, and Long only needed to make saves on two of them. That was enough to allow Jesse Horta’s goal stand up for the victory. Horta scored in the 19th minute on a set play that got him the ball seven yards from the goal.
Long leads the Central California Athletic Association in saves and has four shutouts on the season.
The match started slow until Horta’s goal. It followed a yellow card earned by East Bay — one of five for the Pioneers in an overly physical game. The second half got even more physical with East Bay picking up four yellow cards to the Warriors’ one. In all, Stanislaus was called for 20 fouls to the Pioneer’s 18.
The Warriors — now 6-2-2 overall and 4-2-2 in the CCAA — remain undefeated against the Pioneers since Cal State East Bay joined the league. The teams played to a 0-0 draw on Sept. 14 in Turlock. The Pioneers are 2-7-2 overall and 1-6-2 in the CCAA.