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September 10, 2010 > Cal State East Bay athletics rundown

Cal State East Bay athletics rundown

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

Photo submitted by D-Tech Hawaii

Both the Cal State University-East Bay soccer clubs started their seasons with a three-game road swing in Honolulu, Hawaii. While the women will return to Hayward with their heads held high, the men's club struggled to find their identity.

CSUEB's men's club opened the trip with a 1-0 win over Hawaii Hilo, but dropped the final two matches, including its 3-0 loss to Chaminade on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6. (Hawaii Pacific topped the Pioneers on Sept. 4, 4-0, in the middle game.)

"We've learned a lot this trip," said East Bay men's coach Andy Cumbo. "It was a great experience for us."

Despite its 3-0 loss to the Silver Swords on Monday, Cumbo thought highly of his club's performance.

"We played really well today," said Cumbo. "We had all of the ball and created many goal-scoring opportunities ... We just couldn't find the goal. Unfortunately, the sports play out like this sometimes."

East Bay took 21 shots at goal, but couldn't figure out Hayes Sperry in goal, who saved 10 shots while earning the clean sheet for Chaminade.

Meanwhile, CSUEB women's soccer will be returning home from Hawaii three games into their season without a defeat. CSUEB women's soccer opened the trip with two overtime matches - a 1-0 win over Hawaii Pacific; and 1-1 draw after two overtimes against Hawaii Hilo.

On Monday, Sept. 6, they managed to put it all together in an 8-0 romp of Chaminade.

Scoring opened up 17 minutes into the match when Shianna Falk set up Zuly Diaz for the 1-0 lead. Just two minutes later, Falk was set up by Michelle Garcia, putting the Lady Pioneers up 2-nil. Falk added to her strong outing with her second goal in the 23rd minute, assisted by Jennifer Lu.

Gail Bassett and Ariana Nobrega added goals for the Pioneers for its 5-0 halftime lead. Michelle Quintero, Shannon Fontes and Nobrega added second-half goals for the 8-0 final.

CSUEB men (1-2) and women (2-0-1) return to their home at Pioneer Stadium in Hayward on Friday, Sept. 10, for their home opener. The men take on No. 6 ranked Cal State Dominguez Hills at 7 p.m.; the women take on 2009 National runner up Cal State Dominguez Hills at 4:30 p.m.

And on Sunday, Sept. 12, CSUEB's soccer teams take on Cal State Los Angeles - women at 11:30 a.m. against the No. 14 ranked Lady Golden Eagles; men at 2 p.m. against No. 12 ranked team.

Women's Volleyball

CSUEB's women's volleyball team continued to roll in the early going of its 2010 season. After sweeping the competition at the Nanook Classic in Alaska, the Lady Pioneers returned home to take on Notre Dame de Namur on Tuesday, Sept. 7.

They made easy work of the Lady Argonauts, topping them in three sets -- 25-9, 25-23 and 25-13 -- to improve to 5-0 on the season. It was a total team effort to get the win in the home opener with every player that stepped on the floor contributing to victory.

Next up for the unbeaten Lady Pioneers is a pair of home matches over the weekend. On Friday, Sept. 10, CSUEB takes on Sonoma State; on Saturday, Sept. 11, they host Humboldt State. Both matches begin at 7 p.m.

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