By Kiara Paul |Staff Writer|
The men’s soccer team put up an exceptional fight against the Chico State Wildcats during last Sunday’s game on Oct. 18.
Although the Coyotes hustled and gave every ounce of effort they had, they fell short, with the Wildcats winning 2-1.
The Wildcats’ aggression and attack on the Coyotes was the main factor in the win.
The Coyotes started the game strong, defending their goal from any Wildcat attempts to get the ball close enough for a shot.
Twenty-three minutes into the game, the Wildcats’ Omar Nuno and Coyotes’ Erik Gustaffson and Diego Mendoza had all kicked corners, none resulting in a goal.
The tension thickened on the field as the Wildcats headed for the Coyotes’ goal, a shot from Wildcats’ Esten Schroder brought uneasiness, but a save by Coyotes’ goalie Ivan Sanchez had all Coyote fans cheering.
With the last save lingering, the Coyotes kept up the fight, holding off the Wildcats for as long as they could.
Coyote defense on edge, the Wildcats pushed forward. Wildcat Jesus Ramos made his way toward the Coyote goal.
With an assist from Wildcat Carter Johnson, Ramos completed a shot giving the Wildcats the first goal of the game.
Dissatisfied, the Coyotes continued to give forth all their effort.
With two attempted shots by Luca Falcone, the first half wrapped up. Wildcats lead 1-0.
The start of the second half brought out the Coyotes A-game.
In the first five minutes, Coyotes’ Diego Casillas and Falcone drove forward toward the Wildcats’ goal. With an assist from Falcone, Casillas shot the first goal for the Coyotes.
Coyotes and Wildcats tied 1-1.
As the Coyotes rejoiced, they advanced their attack with two more attempted shots by Casillas and Tony Lo.
Then two more attempted shots by Falcone, one wide and the other saved by Wildcats’ goalie Andrew Matthews.
The Coyotes endure the Wildcats’ drive to their goal with another save by Coyote goalie Ivan Sanchez.
With the game coming down to the wire, the Coyotes and Wildcats struggled to keep the other team from scoring the winning goal.
Unfortunately, Wildcat Dylan Wakefield bypassed Coyote defense’s greatest efforts, scoring a second goal.
Wildcats lead 2-1. The Coyotes devastated by the goal, now begun to push harder than ever.
Real hustle could be seen by every player on the team.
Within the last 10 minutes, four shots were attempted by the Coyotes: A high shot by Casillas, blocked shot by Hieu Ngo, wide shot by Lo, and the last shot by Falcone that was saved by Wildcat goalie Andrew Matthews.
The last hope for the Coyotes was a corner kick by Jose Gonzales.
Despite all efforts, the Coyotes were unable to make a second goal in order to tie the game.
While the Wildcats celebrated their third win, Coyotes were most definitely bummed.
“It’s disappointing,” said Falcone, after all the attempts and the hustle his teammates showed, it’s hard to not come out with a win.
Coyotes’ record in the CCAA is 10 out of 13 schools, with 1 win, 4 loses, and 3 ties.
The Coyotes’ next game is against the San Francisco State Gators, Friday Oct. 23.