By Jasmine Gonzales |Staff Writer|
“We are currently ranked number four in the west region so depending on how Sonoma and Chico do in the CCAA tournament will determine if we get a large berth for the NCAA.” said Sierra Van Meter, a midfielder for CSUSB women’s soccer team.
The Coyotes tied with the Seawolves on Nov. 2, making them 2-2 in the first round of the CCAA tournament.
The game was exciting going into double overtime and penalty kicks.
The Seawolves eventually beat the Coyotes in penalty kicks, allowing them to move forward in the CCAA tournament.
“Having two weeks to prepare for the NCAA tournament is a huge benefit to our team, it will allow players who have played a substantial amount of minutes in conference to get healthy again,” said Van Meter.
“Because we have no games we can focus on getting our fitness levels high, and on details of things that have caused us trouble during season, for example offensive corner kicks.” said Van Meter.
The Coyotes finished their final two regular season games with a win against the San Francisco State Gators and loss against the Chico State Wildcats.
Coyotes were playing strong in their game against the Gators, winning in overtime 2-1.
The Coyotes hosted the last home game of the regular season Oct. 26, with a reported 202 spectators in attendance at the CSUSB Premier soccer field.
“It was our first test at overtime, but I knew that our that our team was prepared to go the 110 minutes of the game if needed.” said Van Meter.
During overtime, “when Jasmine Williams played the ball to Kiana Quarles, there was no doubt that she was going to finish, our team had started to charge the field before the ball hit the net.” said Van Meter.
“Winning against the Gators was amazing, being a senior there was nothing more I wanted then to win my Senior Game.” said Van Meter.
After the exciting win against the Gators, the Coyotes fell short to the Wildcats, loosing 3-2 in the final game of the season.
The wildcats hosted the last conference game with 391 people in attendance.
“Losing to Chico was devastating, not only did we lose our last conference game, we missed the opportunity to have a bye for the first round of the CCAA tournament.” said Van Meter.