By Justin Sandoval |Staff Writer|
Ole ole, Coyotes men’s soccer triumphs over the Sonoma State Seawolves and Humboldt State Lumberjacks in a road sweep, snapping a four game losing streak.
The Coyote victory over the Seawolves was only the second win in California Conference Athletic Association (CCAA) history versus the Seawolves.
Seawolve’s Dylan Stafford attempted to take the early lead and got the first shot of the game against the Coyotes, but goalkeeper Roberto Gonzalez made the save.
The Coyote’s Diego Mendoza scored the first goal of the game versus the Seawolves, in the eighth minute off a corner from Jaun Carlo Gonzalez.
Alfonso Cano gave the ‘yotes an early lead 3-0 in the 20th minute with his second goal of the game, setting a precedent for the remainder of the match.
Cano’s first goal of the game came unassisted, scoring from approximately 15 feet outside the goal.
Mid-twentieth minute Coyotes’ Mendoza got the assist for Cano’s second goal of the game, as he headed the ball in for the 3-0 lead.
Sonoma State did not back down from the 3-0 deficit; the following ten minutes consisted of four shots on the Coyote’s goal and a corner kick from the Seawolves, all saved by goalie Roberto Gonzalez.
Sonoma State forward Brenton Fame matched Cano’s two goals with his own.
Fame’s last goal came in the 71st minute as a final attempt to keep the game within reach for the Seawolves.
In the Mid-50th minute, Head Coach Steven Ralos made the substitution of the game, bringing Juan Carlo Gonzalez in for Mendoza at mid-field.
The Coyotes’ leading scorer Cano assisted on their game-deciding goal in the 56th minute by a J. C. Gonzalez header.
Coyote players Larry Llamas and Daniel Looker both received yellow cards in the match versus the Seawolves.
The 4-3 victory over CCAA opponent Sonoma State broke a four game losing streak for the Coyotes.
In CCAA history, the Coyotes have struggled to leave the field victorious over the Seawolves.
The Coyotes road stretch continued through Oct. 12, 2014 facing CCAA opponent, the Humboldt State Lumberjacks.
The Coyotes trip to Humboldt was a story of defense as the Coyote men shut the Lumberjacks out 2-0.
The Lumberjacks attempted six more shots on goal against the Coyotes, none of which touched the back of the net.
The first half was a battle of the two goalies, as Lumberjack goalie Chris Bean had four saves and zero scored against in the first 45 minutes, leaving the half tied 0-0.
The Coyotes finished with eight saves on the night against a heavy firing Lumberjack team.
Three minutes into the second half, Head Coach Ralos was faced with a crucial decision and substituted Llamas for Lopez.
Llamas had just been injured on the play and was bleeding from his forehead.
“I had no choice as Llamas was injured, since he had blood coming from his forehead it did not cost us a substitution for the game,” said Ralos.
In the 50th minute of the game, Coyotes Tony Lo got the ball to Daniel Lopez, who, in turn, scored his first goal of the season for the ‘yotes!
The two were later substituted again by Coach Ralos, “once the injury was taken care of he was put back in the game, luckily Lopez was in the right spot when in the game.”
In the 68th minute of the game Llamas got a pass from Stephen Watson and took a shot for the goal.
From 30 yards out Llamas secured the 2-0 victory over the relentless Lumberjacks.
The ‘yotes victories over the Sonoma State Seawolves and Humboldt State Lumberjacks snapped a four game losing streak, and closed out the two game road trip.
This was a huge morale boost for the team since they had been scoreless through their previous two games.
Both Llamas and Debray Hollimon received yellow cards in the game against the Lumberjacks.
This was the second consecutive game Llamas has received a yellow card.
Only two goals were scored in the their four game losing streak, but the men’s team is now on a roll scoring 6 goals in their last road trip against the Lumberjacks and Seawolves.
The Coyotes hope to keep the winning streak alive in their push for a CCAA title.