By Yera Nanan |Staff Writer|
The women’s soccer team battled hot weather conditions and played a difficult game against the Stanislaus State University Warriors.
It was evident that the ‘Yotes were trying to carry the momentum of their three-game winning streak into the weekend.
“We lost to them last year 1-0, so we really wanted to get them back,” said midfielder Gabby Evaristo.
Not too much ground was being gained because of a hard fought battle throughout most of the first half.
It wasn’t until the second half that the ‘Yotes scored a goal against the opposing team.
51 minutes into the second half, midfielders Paige Kang and Rachael Figg ended up being the team’s saviors with a defining play on the field.
Kang delivered an assist to Figg who ended up scoring from the right side of the field with a goal.
“It was like this huge weight was lifted off our shoulders,” said forward Crystal Becerra.
In the final 20 minutes of the game, the ‘Yotes allowed some opportunities for Stanislaus State to make a comeback.
There were five corner kicks in the second half with an increased number of shots being placed at the end of the net from the opposing team.
“We both wanted it, but in the end, it’s who wanted it more,” continued Becerra.
Goalkeeper Megan Vina and the rest of the team displayed solid defense throughout the whole game leading to more offensive possessions for the team.
“They [Warriors] showed their best in the last six minutes,” said Evaristo
The 1-0 shutout victory improved the Coyotes record to 6-5-1 overall and 5-2-1 against California Collegiate Athletic Association opponents.