By Greg Avetisyan |Staff Writer|
The Coyotes men’s soccer team suffered defeat 2-1 on Sunday, Sept. 29 against Cal State University Los Angeles.
Beginning the season 4-0-2, the losing streak placed the team at 4-4-2 overall and 2-4 in CCAA.
It’s been a tough stretch for the Coyotes as they failed to score a goal in their previous three games losing 1-0.
Despite having four key players injured, the Coyotes broke the slump when junior Omar Laris scored his first goal in the first half.
The team scored in the last few minutes of the game.
The goal came from a corner kick as Andre Spencer Jr. helped the assist.
However Laris’s goal was not enough, CSULA’s junior forward Halil Tozar tied the game with a goal 13 minutes later.
CSUSB senior Lee Nishanian said, “the goal with about a minute left in the first half was a bit of a letdown and the turning point in the game.”
As the second half started, Nishanian said, “the Golden Eagles came out onto the field with a fire in their eyes.”
During the second half Dane Nielsen put the Golden Eagles ahead after receiving a cross from Tozar in the 56 min.
From that point forward the Golden Eagles didn’t give the Coyotes a chance to comeback ending the game with a 2-1 win.
When asked what type of play we should expect from the team going forward, Coach Clarke said, “my team works extremely hard in practice and plays a good brand of soccer. They are definitely a blue collar type of team.”
For the Coyotes Roberto Mariscal and Raul Gomez each had a shot on goal, however both were blocked by CSULA goaltender Mike Beigarten.
CSULA outshot the Coyotes 19-11.
Four yellow cards were given out during the game, with 3 points going to CSUSB players and 1 point to CSULA in the 78 min.
Junior goaltender Roberto Gonzalez started for the Coyotes and ended the day with 7 saves while allowing the 2 goals.
The Coyotes are looking to take some positivity from Sunday’s game into the match-up next Friday night.
They will play the University San Diego Tritons who are 6-1 overall this season.
The Coyotes finish up their road stand with games versus UCSD Tritons and Cal Poly Pomona Broncos.
The Coyotes have had one of the best defenses in the conference this season.
They are still trying to find a healthy group of players with great talent, determination and the will to compete against any opponet .
Despite the loss the team is still training hard, and we wish the team the best of luck the remaining of the season.