By Mike Sessions |Staff Writer|
The CSUSB men’s soccer team fell short once again as they traveled to Seaside against Cal State Monterey Bay.
The Coyotes extended their losing streak to six games, playing their hearts out only to come up short in the end. There comes a time when a team faces adversity and challenges, only to be used as fuel for the future. This could be one of those times.
In the first period of the game, the Coyotes battled the Otters back and forth for supremacy on the field, utilizing their various foot techniques to score a goal.
In what seemed to be a game changing move, star Senior Lee Nishanian came across an opportunity with an off corner kick and he took it, scoring the game’s first goal and his first goal of the season.
Nishanian, who started 53 out of 54 games last season, understood what it was going to take to secure the win, and he wasn’t going to stop until that was accomplished.
It wasn’t over, however. The Otters had other plans during the second period of the game, coming together to play at a higher level than the previously played.
6-1 freshman Chris Koski of CSUMB has no prior varsity experience in high school and put the team on his shoulders after a straight goal shot with the assist from Julian Salas.
The tie game appeared to rattle the Coyotes and the Otters utilized their home field to take the momentum.
Sweat dripping from the brows of the players under the clear skies and sunny Seaside California, the Coyotes were determined to score the next goal and put them in the lead for the second time. Unfortunately, things just wouldn’t work out as much as they’d hope.
CSUSB ended up in a slump, where they were called for foul after foul, then a shot attempt by freshman Carlos Bailon was blocked. After a few substitutions from both teams, CSUMB were ready for the next move.
Forward Alberto Anguiano, with the assist of junior Max Madrigal scored the last and final goal of the game, putting the Otters up 2-1 in front of their home crowd.
In a frustrating loss, junior Andy Reyes could only reflect on the outcome, and how things could’ve been different. “Lately we haven’t had the results we would want, I got injured in the second game of the season. That took me out for eight games, I just started playing this last weekend.” said Reyes.
The Coyotes would love to have all of their players available to play, as one player could possibly make a huge difference in the outcome of a game such as this.
However, these are the conditions they are placed in, and therefore they have to move forward and hope things will progress during the rest of the season.
Maybe this is one of those times that adversity strikes, but let’s hope this is also that motivating situation we’d like from our Coyotes, “Make never meant to happen, happen,” says Reyes.
Best of luck to our players in their upcoming games! Come and support them on one of their home games. Let’s go ‘Yotes!