By Richard Burrud | Staff Writer
Coyote Women’s Soccer team took their fifth win in Sundays game against California State University of Los Angeles.
The Golden Eagles and Coyotes were tied at the half, until freshman Paige Kang was able to capitalize on a rebound in overtime and was the difference maker in a close game against the Golden Eagles.
Coyote defense held strong and according to Coach Travis Clarke, “if the team is able to score at least one goal in a game we have a great chance of winning”.
In the second half the Coyotes were able to get more shots on goal, although Clarke said, “CSULA was playing tough defense.”
Although, the Eagles had 10 shots on goal the Coyotes were able to play smart defense to keep them off the board.
On the road the Coyote women were able to push the game into overtime with crucial saves by senior goalkeeper and California Conference Athletics Association player of the week Chelsey Jones with help of a strong defense.
Freshman Paige Kang was able to capitalize on a rebound in overtime and was the difference maker in a close game against the Golden Eagles.
The Coyote women improved to an overall 6-2 record with the majority of their wins being on the road.
Clarke believes with such a tough schedule by having the majority of their games on the road but with their great success so far they have a target on their back as the team to beat.
After a couple more road games the coyote ladies will be back at home and will be able to dominate on home turf.
Recapping the game week and season senior goal keeper Chelsey Jones said, “her defense played great and positioned themselves well.”
Jones was thankful and honored for the recognition from the conference as well as how it is not only her that should be honored, but also her defense that stays disciplined and plays great as a unit Jones emphasized about here CCAA player of the week recognition.
“We will no longer be underdogs we will be looked at as the team to beat, and the opponents will try and ruin our season, but as long as we stay disciplined and focused we should have a strong finish to the season,” stated Jones.
Recapping with freshmen Kang, she indicated the team started the game off slow and the small field was something to adjust to, but as the second half began the ladies were able to get in more of a flow and fire good shots on goal.
She was able to get a rebound and hit the back of the net to lead Coyotes victory.
This being her second goal in games ending in 1-0 victories she was happy to contribute to overall team wins.
The lady coyotes take another road trip to play tough teams UC San Diego and Cal Poly Pomona before returning home on October 18.
Wishing the Coyotes the best of luck in their games to come.