By Sierra Marrero |Staff Writer|
After a hard fought battle on the field, Coyote’s women soccer lost against Stanislaus State Warriors with a score of 2-1.
On Friday Oct. 9, at the Warriors Stadium, the Coyotes began the game with hard offensive pressures from the Warriors.
At 23 seconds into the game a quick shot was attempted by Warriors midfielder Gabby Squarcia, but was blocked by Coyote goal keeper Emily Whyte.
Briefly within the next minute, a foul was called on the Warriors.
Continuing on the battle, the Coyotes were insistent on keeping their defense strong, blocking two corner kicks and one shot on goal.
While the pressure continued, the game intensified as the Coyotes took the lead with a goal, showing the Warriors their offense was hungry for goals.
Coyote defender Denae Verdine managed to dribble from about midfield all the way to inside the box for an impressive goal.
Although the goal caused the Coyotes to take the lead, it only encouraged the Warriors to continue to pressure the Coyotes with their offense, which totaled six shots and two corner kicks.
“There were times when we had possession, then five seconds later, they would have possession. We had some trouble switching the point of attack, which would lead to a higher rate of possession or at least goal scoring opportunities,” said midfielder Cassidy Griego.
Griego mentioned that the Warriors did a “pretty good job at pressuring” them and having them adjust to different areas in the field, so it definitely was a hindrance for the Coyotes.
After the first half ended with the Coyotes in the lead, the Warriors brought it to a tied game from a goal made by Warriors player Jade Poon and was assisted by Squarcia,.
Poon was able to turn the defender in the box at the right post and then scored.
Fighting hard, defender Kiersten Miller went in for two strong corner kicks following the Warriors’ goal, along with teammate Nicki Argentieri who later attempted another strong corner kick during the 70 minute mark.
Four more shots were made by the Coyotes in an hard attempt to score, but did not prevail.
“We just had a very hard time connecting that final pass which would lead to more chances on goal[s]. We value the team as a whole, but we were missing Melanie Aguayo, who is a key goal-scorer,” said Griego.
Finally at the end of the game during the 87 minute mark, the Warriors scored on the Coytes ending the score with the Warriors winning 2-1.
“I noticed we were playing like individuals instead of a collective team.
That’s why our rate of possession was not the best, but that’s also why we lost to Stanislaus,” Griego said.
“It was certainly not our best game. Not even close,” said Griego, recapping the game.
Currently, the Coyotes record is 4-6-3 with only five games left.
The Coyotes still have more chances to make up for the loss against the Warriors.