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September 23, 2009 > Back to the drawing board for East Bay

Back to the drawing board for East Bay

By Jeff Weisinger

The Cal State East Bay Pioneers fall sports struggled last week as the men's and women's soccer teams, and the women's volleyball team each lost over the weekend. Here's a recap of what happened.

Volleyball
Despite another hard-fought effort by the Lady Pioneers, East Bay could not hold the Toros down, falling to Cal State Dominguez Hills in five sets, 24-26, 16-25, 27-25, 25-23, 21-19 on Friday, Sept. 18. East Bay took control of the match early, fighting to win the first set 24-26, and dominated the Toros in the second set 16-25, however Dominguez Hills held tough and pulled through in the last three matches to win the match.

East Bay has taken a game to five sets four times this season overall and twice in the last three matches.

On Saturday, Sept. 19, East Bay's losing woes continued as they dropped their seventh straight match, this time to Cal State L.A. in four sets, 17-25, 21-25, 26-24, 20-25.

The Lady Pioneers (5-6, 1-3) will look to end their losing streak as they return home from their four-game road trip, hosting Cal State Stanislaus on Friday, Sept. 25.

Men's Soccer
The Pioneers could not come back from a 2-0 halftime deficit as they dropped their seventh straight match 3-2 to Cal State Stanislaus on Sunday, Sept. 20. The Pioneers have been outscored 18-5 during the seven-game skid and have been shutout in three of the matches.

The Pioneers (1-7-0, 0-5-0) were outshot 20-5 on the day as Stanislaus kept East Bay keeper Billy Morales busy throughout the match.

Jose Velasquez started the scoring for Stanislaus in the 24th minute off his header from a cross by Nolan Holdridge to give Stanislaus a 1-0 lead midway through the first. Victor Regalado would score 11 minutes later off a rebound in front of Morales to go up 2-0 going into halftime.

East Bay would tie the game at 2-2 early in the second half thanks to goals by Alex Dickerson in the 55th minute and Tyler Andersen in the 58th. However, Stanislaus would get the last laugh as Velasquez capitalized on a corner kick in the 66th minute for the go-ahead score.

The Pioneers travel to Cal State San Bernardino on Friday, Sept. 25, in hopes of ending their seven-game losing streak.

Women's Soccer
The struggles continued for the Lady Pioneers, as they fell to Cal State Stanislaus on Sunday, Sept. 20, 1-0. The loss is their second in the last three matches, and East Bay has not won a game since their season opener back on August 27.

The 1-0 loss also marks the fifth time this season that East Bay has been shut out.

East Bay (1-5-3, 0-3-2) held tight against Stanislaus throughout the match, keeping the game scoreless through halftime. Lady Pioneers goalkeeper Nina Cefalo played exceptionally well as Stanislaus got off a total of 24 shots against the East Bay backline and Cefalo recorded nine saves on those 24 shots.

Cefalo's only blemish on the match was the goal by Jade Adamson in the 72nd minute to put Stanislaus up 1-0 midway through the second half.

The Lady Pioneers will look to break the winless trend at Cal State San Bernardino on Friday, Sept. 25.

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