By Loydie Burmah |Staff Writer|
The CSUSB Coyote men’s soccer team started off their nonconference opener season winning four games, but it was short lived.
Their victories were followed by four losses in the California Collegiate Athletics Association (CCAA).
On Sept. 4, the Coyotes, led by head coach Steve Ralos defeated the Academy of Arts Urban Knights 4-1 in San Francisco.
Freshman midfielder Tony Lo opened with the Coyotes first goal within 11 minutes of the first half by taking advantage of the Urban Knights open net.
Lo found his opening when the Urban Knights goalkeeper came out high from the goal box.
Senior midfielder Juan Carlos Gonzalez scored two more goals in the second half at the 47 and 74 minutes, respectively.
Junior defender Alfonso Cano scored an unassisted goal minutes after Gonzalez’s second tally.
Coyotes advanced to defeat the Dominican University Penguins 2-1 in San Rafael, Dixie State Red Storms 5-1, and the Bethesda Christian Flames 3-1 at the Coyote Premier Field.
Their four game winning streak came to an end on Sept. 26 when they were defeated by the Cal Poly Broncos 2-1, in the CCAA opener.
In the first half of the match, the Coyotes and Broncos held up strong defenses as neither team scored a goal.
At the 52rd minute of the second half, Gonzalez scored on a penalty kick, despite Bronco goalkeeper Fernando Pablo Quevedo’s effort to block, giving the Coyotes a 1-0 lead.
About two minutes later, the Broncos returned with force when junior forward Christian Gonzalez Diaz scored a goal.
Assisted by sophomore midfielder Mathew Perez and junior defender Jesus Tamayo, Diaz was able to find the neat with a header, Broncos leading 2-1.
Coyotes ended the match with six shots on goal (SOG) and zero corner kicks, while the Broncos had 17 SOGs and five corner kicks.
On Sept. 28, Coyotes faced off with the Cal State Dominguez Hills Toros at Premier Field, losing 3-1.
In the first half, freshman midfielder Lo assisted by defense midfielder Jose Gonzalez scored with a left side kick that went wide right.
Several minutes later Toros freshman forward Ali Nazari scored with a header from the inside assisted by senior defender Santos Romero, tying the teams 1-1 at halftime.
Toros junior forward Pedro Velasquez scored a pair of goals in the second half.
Junior midfielder Edson Lemus assisted Velasquez with a give and go, and Velasquez scored past Coyote goalkeeper Ivan Sanchez, one on one.
Velasquez earned his second goal by breaking free up the middle and kicking from the left side.
Coyotes received their third loss of the season against the UC San Diego Tritons, 4-0, on Oct. 3 in La Jolla at the Triton Soccer Stadium.
Three of the Tritons’ goals resulted from three headers and one free kick.
Their recent loss on Oct. 5 at Premier Field came when the Cal State L.A. Golden Eagles defeated the Coyotes 2-0.
Golden Eagle senior forward Halil Tozar scored a goal in the first half with a kick ten yards out from the left side.
Junior midfielder Eduardo Almaraz scored on a free kick as a result of a yellow card.
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