By Luis Escobar |Staff Writer|
The ladies of Coyote soccer suffered a 3-0 loss against the Chico State Wildcats on Sunday Oct. 12 here at home on the Coyote Premiere Field.
The Wildcats were able to drive three goals into the back of the Coyote’s net within the
90 minutes, leaving the women’s soccer team with their 4th loss in a row, also giving them a record of 4-7-3 overall and 3-4-1 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).
“I think we did very well, we just didn’t capitalize on our chances, but it’s okay because we’re getting better every game and that’s all that matters,” said sophomore left and right back Ebony Squier.
Our Coyotes were able to fire off four shots in the first half, unfortunately none were able to fly past the opposing goal keeper.
The first attempted goal came quick in the fifth minute by senior Midfielder Melanie Aguayo, rocketing just wide of the Wildcat’s goal post.
Just a few moments later came another Coyote shot from freshman Defender Denae Verdine.
Verdine was able to make perfect contact with the ball, sending it on target towards the Widlcat’s net, but was saved by the opposing keeper Mackenzie Boulton.
The crowd jumped out of their seats in hopes of a goal when a third shot from Aguayo flew to the upper right corner and bounced off of the crossbar.
Junior Goalkeeper Emily Whyte was able to successfully defend her goal post from a total of five shots within the first half, only letting one fly past her at the 37 minute mark of the first half.
It was an intense one-on-one battle between the Wildcat’s Pooja Patel and Whyte, however Whyte was unable to get a touch on the ball which sailed right passed her from 15 yards out.
With a total of seven shots from the Wildcats and four from the Coyotes, the first half of the game was keeping everybody eager to see what the second half would bring.
“I think we performed fine the first half, but the second half we didn’t come out as strong,” said junior Center Midfielder Paige Kang, “I wish we would have worked hard the whole game.”
It was an eventful second half of the game with a total of 15 shots coming together from the two teams.
Aguayo was once again finding herself in the right position to attempt to fire the ball into the goal, which would have tied the game up.
Two consecutive shots came from Aguayo, both within the 55 minute mark of the game, however both attempts were blocked by the Wildcat’s keeper.
Just a few moments after Aguayo’s shots, Chico State’s Lindsey Dias had a one-on-one breakaway with Whyte.
Dias’ shot rolled just under Whyte’s attempted save, sliding over the bottom right of the goal line.
A third goal came when Wildcat’s Patel managed to break through the Coyote’s defense, and once again the ball flew just high of Whyte’s reach.
“We could have taken more pride in our defending,” said Squier. “We hope for a win in our next game, that would help boost our spirit as a team.”