By Greg Avetisyan |Staff Writer|
The 25th ranked Coyotes suffered a 1-0 defeat to the hands of the 22nd ranked Sonoma State Seawolves.
Freshmen Kiana Quarles, Susan Ibarra, and Jessica Koch had the only three shots on goal for the Coyotes during Sunday’s game.
Sonoma State’s Taylor Enzler scored in the 86th minute to give her team the victory. Sonoma State improved to 9-2-3 as they out-shot the Coyotes 17-6.
Quarles’ shot came two minutes into the game. However, it was stopped by Sonoma goalkeeper Allison Hadidian.
“I think our team played well. We were prepared for a challenge and we fought through the entire game. Toward the end we just got unlucky. Although it’s disappointing to lose 1-0 in the last three minutes. it’s great to see how far we have come this season,” said Jones.
The Coyotes fell to 9-4-2 overall and 7-3-2 in the CCAA South. They now find themselves ranked 7th inaugural in the NCAA West Region poll that was announced Wednesday.
At the beginning of the season the Coyotes suffered a 5-1 defeat to the top ranked Stanislaus Warriors.
“Stanislaus is a very similar team to Sonoma and knowing that we could have beat Sonoma is encouraging as we finish our season. We have come a long way since the season started,” said Jones
Head Coach Travis Clarke has placed an emphasis on consistency throughout his five years in charge of coaching.
Furthermore, the Coyotes are now guaranteed at least a nine-win season for the sixth year straight, a first in the history of the program.
“Consistency with recruiting every single year has really helped us, being a winning team every year has enticed players to strive to play for our team,” Clarke said.
From the head coach to the players, everyone is staying on the right track.
“The main way we are staying focused is paying attention to the details. Having urgency at practice and ignoring the distractions of partying especially during Halloween season,” said Jones
The loss came after a 4-1 victory over Humboldt State University.
The Coyotes have not lost two games in a row all season and they will try to keep it that way with two games left on the schedule.
“Our main goal is to take it one game at a time, even one half at a time, all I’m focused on right now is the next game. We can’t look too far away,” said Jones.
The Coyotes look to regroup, finishing the season at home versus Chico State University. Their final game of the regular season comes on the road against San Francisco State University on Sunday, Nov. 3.
With only two final games remaining, come support the team as they have a home game advantage and wish them luck on their last and final game on the road.
Stat Line Extras
This past week CCAA stats
Freshman Kiana Quarles is fourth in goals (7) and fourth in goals/game (0.5),
senior Carissa Kutkowski is fourth in assists (6) and fifth in assists/game
senior GK Chelsey Jones is fourth in GAA (.789) and sixth in save percentage (.821).
CSUSB ranks seventh in first NCAA regional poll
Final two games
Home game Friday Nov. 1 versus Chico State University
Away game Sunday Nov. 3 versus San Francisco State University