By Justin Sandoval |Staff Writer|
Coyote women’s soccer was ready for battle, defeating the Stanislaus State Warriors this past Friday at Cal State University San Bernardino.
The Coyotes were wearing pink jerseys in support of breast cancer awareness month. The first half of the game was battled out with intensity and left the match 0-0. Come the second half, it was obvious neither team was going to give up easy.
Forward Jasmine Williams was the deciding factor, scoring in the 83rd minute giving the Coyotes the 1-0 win.
Early in the second half, a near scuffle broke out between members of the Coyotes and Warriors, yet no whistle was blown.
The crowd became irritated yelling, “control the game ref! This isn’t a wrestling tournament ref! Do your job! Our girls are getting hurt out there!”
On the field, the Coyotes seemed to pay no attention to the physicality of the game. Williams never faltered, and even after being involved in several collisions, she smiled at the excitement of competition.
“I do not notice the physicality of the game I let the game tell me how to play most cases high intensity is what people want to see so the more energy the better,” said Williams.
“Soccer is a physical sport and the beauty of the game should speak louder than anything.”
Williams had a one-on-one opportunity early in the second half and shot it wide to the left.
When it came to her second one-on-one opportunity, Williams would let nothing stop her from scoring as she beat out her Warrior opponent. Sliding in for the goal with her fist clinched, raised to the sky, Williams had finished the battle on the field. The Coyotes played with a winning attitude during and winning was the only option. The stands were packed, and the energy was high.
Surprisingly few fouls were called in a game that had such a high level of intensity. In response to beating a nationally ranked opponent, Williams said, “Stanislaus is a powerhouse team in our conference and nationally ranked they bring a level of competitiveness shown in the playoffs.”
Williams spoke about her most memorable moment of the season, “the Stanislaus game… we played hard as a team! As a result were able to beat a very good team who were conference champs last year, and on game day nationally ranked higher than us.”
The playoff-like atmosphere came, in part, to the large number of Stanislaus State Warriors supporters.
It also happened to be a “pack attack” game, which the Student Athletic Advisory Committee ask student athletes from all sports to come out and support.
In attendance were members of the Golf, Softball, Basketball, Cross Country, Cheer and Dance teams, rooting for their fellow Coyotes on the field. “To our Coyote family get hyped and feel apart of the experience! GoYotes!” From Williams and Coyote Women’s Soccer.