By Yesica Chavez | Staff Writer
CSUSB Coyotes men’s soccer lost in double overtime to the Sonoma State University (SSU) Seawolves on Oct. 29 at the Coyote Premier Field, which cost them a spot in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) tournament.
“We lead them through the game and they scored in overtime,” explained Coyote defender Daniel Looker.
Starting off the first half, Coyote midfielder Robert Wagner missed his first attempted shot.
The Seawolves then took control of the ball.
Seawolves defender Dylan Stafford, then made a header goal giving his team a 1-0 lead.
The Coyotes attempted to redeem themselves, when Wagner attempted to make his second shot of the game.
The Coyotes had several corner kicks and shots but missed them all.
The Seawolves then regained control of the ball.
At 29 minutes, the first yellow card was handed out to Looker.
Seawolves midfielder Sean Callahan attempted a corner kick, but missed.
The next yellow card was handed out to Seawolves midfielder Jose Avalos.
Coyote Tony Lo shot, but Seawolves goalkeeper Mitch North denied the Coyotes with a save.
The Coyotes attempted several shots, but none were successful.
The Coyotes were ready to fight as they controlled possession over the ball throughout the second half.
A yellow card was given at 67 minutes to Coyote midfielder Andy Reyes.
Looker assisted Coyote midfielder Diego Mendoza by feeding the ball to the top before Mendoza shot it in. This was Mendoza’s first goal of the season making the score 1-1.
The game remained tied 1-1 at the end of regulation and went into overtime.
The first overtime started and Wagner attempted the first shot which resulted in the ball hitting the post.
Next, Coyote midfielder Lo attempted another shot and also missed.
Throughout the 15 minutes of overtime the Coyotes had more control over the ball than the Seawolves.
“We played quite well, we created plenty of chances, but we just couldn’t seem to score,” explained Looker.
Tension rose for both teams as the second overtime started.
Within the first few seconds Wagner attempted a shot, but missed.
Coyote defender and midfielder Eric Lavery attempted a corner kick, but was also unsuccessful.
Five minutes into the second overtime, Seawolves forward Armando Coronel assisted forward TJ Perez into making the second goal for the Seawolves resulting in a 2-1 win for Sonoma State.
Even though the Coyotes out shot the Seawolves 31 shots to 13, it wasn’t enough to lock in the win.
SSU head coach Marcus Ziemer said, “Cal State San Bernardino’s record may not show it, but they are a very good team. If it weren’t for Mitch North [goalkeeper] making a few incredible saves, we wouldn’t have even [gone] to overtime.”
This leaves the Coyotes with a record of 3-9-3 and 1-7-3 in the CCAA.
The Coyotes ended their six game losing streak by winning 2-0 on Saturday Oct. 31 against Humboldt State, giving them a final record of 4-9-3.
“It doesn’t feel good, we don’t deserve to be losing, silly individual errors cost us the season,” said Looker.