Cal State Stanislaus’ Gabby Squarcia scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Cal State Monterey Bay on Sunday at Warrior Stadium in Turlock.
The only scoring needed as the Warriors’ stealth defense stifled another CCAA opponent was Squarcia’s goal in the 75th minute as Stanislaus improved to 5-1-1 overall and 1-0-1 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
The Warriors were held without a goal in Friday’s draw against San Francisco State. Squarcia’s goal finally ended a 188 -minute scoring drought.
Gabriela Vargas got a pass through defenders to the top of the box, where Squarcia took the ball and shook two defenders to create an open lane through which she blasted a shot to the far post.
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“When the other team is packed in as much as Monterey Bay was in the last 30 minutes, it takes a little individual brilliance,” Warriors coach Gabriel Bolton said. “Gabby is capable of that, and she gave us a great moment.”
Countering the Warriors’ recent scoring woes, their defense has held opponents scoreless for the last 200 -plus minutes while recording the third shutout this season.
“After giving up six goals in two games last week, defense has been a point of emphasis,” Bolton said. “I’m proud of how far we have come in a week.”
Stanislaus now starts a stretch of four away matches in the next two weeks. Friday, Stanislaus takes on new CCAA team Cal State San Marcos at 12:30 p.m. before facing UC San Diego on Sunday.
High school Volleyball
Sonora 3, Amador 0 in Sutter Creek – The defending CIF Division IV state champs had little trouble with the Buffaloes in their Mother Lode League opener Monday, a match that was originally slated to be played last Thursday. Sonora won 25-10, 25-12, 25-13. Setter Kiana Pisula totaled 28 assists, while Riley Patterson finished with 13 digs. Middle blocker Kelsie Evans had 12 kills, six aces and two blocks.
The Wildcats (13-2) were scheduled to host Calaveras on Tuesday night.