By Devan Lee |Staff Writer|
The CSUSB men’s soccer team came out victorious in a historic win against Sonoma State on Sunday, Oct. 7.
Their victory marks the first time in school history the Coyote men’s soccer team has defeated the Sonoma State Seawolves in the last 18 games they have faced each other.
The Seawolves went into the game with a winning record of six wins, three losses, and one tie against the Yotes at SSU’s home field Rohnert Park.
The first goal of the game was scored by Coyote junior forward Demetri Burgos. With 18:30 on the clock, Burgos received an assist from freshman forward Corey Christ to score his second goal of the season.
Burgos’ first goal came in the season opener against Colorado Mesa University.
The Coyote’s second goal was shot and made by freshman mid-fielder Ricardo Velasco. With a total of four, the freshman leads the team in goals scored for the 2012 season.
Velasco scored the difference making goal off of a penalty kick (PK) to widen the deficit between the two teams.
As the two teams continued to battle it out, the Coyotes managed to hold their two-nothing lead for the majority of the match.
Unfortunately for the Yotes, there wouldn’t be a shut-out to add to an already ideal victory.
Around the 61st minute of playing time, Sonoma State scored their first goal of the game off of a PK.
Although the match would end up close in the score, the result of the game would inevitably be an unforgettable win for the men of CSUSB soccer.
The Yotes would at the end of regulation time come out on top 2-1 against the Seawolves, bringing their record up to four wins and one loss.
Their unbeatable performance marks the first time CSUSB men’s soccer has beaten Sonoma State in school history.
With a win as pivotal as this, the inevitable question as to whether or not the team will capitalize on their win comes into play.
However, with such a moving victory under their belts, it is safe to assume that team morale is at an all-time high for the Coyotes, especially considering the current position of head coach Lance Thompson.
This year not only marks the first year Men’s soccer has beaten SSU, but it is also Thompson’s first year as the head coach for the Coyote men’s soccer team.
It appears as though the team should have all the momentum they need to succeed in their upcoming games.
With all of these factors working in their favor, one can only hope the boys in black and blue will continue to strive for success in the rest of the regular season.
In the words of Brazilian professional soccer player Edison Arantes do Nascimento, “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”
As the season begins to come to an end, the Yotes still hold a winning record in the California Collegiate Athletic Association conference.