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Local Colleges: Stanislaus women in first in CCAA

SAN BERNARDINO -- The Cal State Stanislaus women's soccer team is in first place in the California Collegiate Athletic Association North Division heading into a three-game homestand this week.

Bri McClain scored both goals, and Jessica Sitarz recorded her fifth shutout of the season as the Warriors shut out Cal State San Bernardino 2-0 on Sunday at Coyote Premier Field.

Stanislaus (7-3-1, 5-0-1 CCAA) has won five in a row, including a forfeit over Sonoma State, and will play host to conference rival Chico State on Wednesday. The Warriors play Cal State Los Angeles on Friday and a nonleague game against Mesa State on Sunday.

"It's always great to come back home and play in front of our fans," Stanislaus coach Gabe Bolton said. "We won't need much motivation to get ready for Chico. It's a big rivalry game."

Cherie Early's cross into the box set up McClain's first goal at 21 minutes, 49 seconds. McClain rebounded her miss into the net. McClain's second goal of the game and fourth this season came in the 57th minute on an assist by Kaity Bojorquez. McClain's shot deflected off a defender into the goal.

"We were really organized defensively behind the ball, and as the game went on we got in control offensively and created many scoring opportunities," Bolton said. "Bri had a good game and was really aggressive offensively and took players on one-on-one."

Sitarz made four saves against the Coyotes (3-5-2, 0-5-1) to run her streak of scoreless minutes to 302. Sitarz saved a hard blast San Bernardino junior forward Krista Feer in the opening minutes and later tipped a chip shot Coyotes freshman Ashley Haagsma over the crossbar.

"She had an awesome weekend. She really stepped up and had some great plays during key possessions," Bolton said of Sitarz. "She deserves a lot of credit for our success right now."

STANISLAUS MEN 0, CS SAN BERNARDINO 0, at San Bernardino -- Kyle Beck's goal in overtime was erased because of an offside call, and the Warriors (2-5-3, 1-3-2 CCAA) settled for a tie with the Coyotes (2-7-2, 0-4-2).

"It's very unfortunate that we didn't get the result we wanted. We certainly played well enough to win," Stanislaus coach Eric Mild said.

Beck was inserted into the starting lineup by Mild and had a great game. He led the Warriors with four shots, including one that hit the crossbar with about 25 seconds left in regulation.

Warriors goalkeeper Mando Herrera recorded his fifth shutout of the season and made two spectacular saves among the six shots on goal he stopped.

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