Defending the home turf became top priority for the Cal State Stanislaus women’s soccer team.
Goals by Kirsten Coleman and Rayana Plancarte vaulted the Warriors to a 2-0 win over Chico State on a rainy Friday night at Warrior Stadium.
The victory capped a four-matches-in-eight-days stretch for Stanislaus, which improved to 3-5 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association and 9-5 overall. Meanwhile, a rested Chico team (6-7-1, 2-7) was denied by goalkeeper Haley Crook, who recorded four saves.
“(Crook) and the entire back line and midfielders had a fantastic match. They shut down some very talented individual attackers,” Stanislaus coach Gabriel Bolton said. “I’m extremely proud of that effort tonight. We left everything on the field, and it really paid off.”
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Coleman scored from 20 yards out after a long run by Mikayla Clifford, who passed four defenders before she delivered a perfect cross to find Coleman. In the 57th minute, Gabby Squarcia collected a throw-in and passed to Plancarte. The freshman launched a long shot that skidded through the hands of the Chico goalie.
Late goal costs Warrior men in Turlock – Chico State’s Omar Nuno scored his second goal with less than a minute left to beat Stanislaus 2-1 in double overtime. The Wildcats (5-5-3, 4-3-2 CCAA) won in Turlock for the first time in three years.
Stanislaus (1-9-3, 0-8) dropped its seventh one-goal contest and is 0-3-3 in overtime. The Warriors, who outplayed Chico for most of the game, drew even in the 76th minute on a goal by Ahmad Mohammed.
The Warriors welcome Bethesda for a nonconference match Monday at 7 p.m.
Hat trick for Becerra in Sacramento – Modesto Junior College’s Jamilecxth Becerra scored three goals to lead the Pirates to a 6-0 Big 8 Conference win at Sacramento City. Modesto (7-5-1, 3-5-1 Big 8) snapped a four-match losing streak, as Erika Steele scored two goals and Barbara Camilo had one.
Becerra is ranked seventh in the state with 16 goals this season.
Pirates fall twice – The MJC men (2-6-6, 1-3-1 Big 8), after a 2-2 tie against Fresno, were beaten 4-1 by West Hills. Angel Carillo picked up Modesto’s only goal against West Hills.
Pirates remain in second – MJC solidified its hold on second place behind Sierra after seven of 10 Big 8 Conference tournaments. Janita Vongphoumy, who shot a 74 at Sacramento’s Bartley Cavanaugh last week, leads the Pirates with her average of 80 strokes per round.
In a change from the original schedule, the final Big 8 tournament will be contested at Ripon’s Spring Creek Country Club on Nov. 1.
Stanislaus wins at Monterey Bay in Monterey – The Warriors’ aggressive offense, led by Blair Ehrlich with 15 kills and Taylor Massengale with nine, swept Cal State Monterey Bay 25-13, 25-19, 25-16 at the Kelp Bed on Saturday night. Stanislaus (9-10, 6-4 CCAA) bounced back from a three-set loss the night before at Cal State East Bay.
Streak-snapping MJC win – MJC (4-12, 1-7 Big 8) snapped a nine-match losing streak with its first Big 8 victory, a 3-1 win (25-19, 25-16, 23-25, 25-23) over Cosumnes River at MJC Gym.