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October 15, 2013 > Cal State wins and loses

Cal State wins and loses

Submitted By Scott Chisholm

Men lose to UC San Diego
October 6
UC San Diego 2, CSUEB 0

Cal State East Bay was on the short end of a 2-0 result at Pioneer Stadium to nationally ranked No. 10 UC San Diego. The Tritons scored a pair of near identical goals within a 92-second stretch during the first half of play.

UCSDÕs Brandon Bauman found space deep into the Cal State East Bay (2-7-1, 2-5-1 CCAA) half of the field. His first cross was sent to Alessandro Canale who finished from 10 yards out with a strike to open the scoring. Only 92 seconds later he supplied a similar pass that was redirected and off the near post by the head of teammate Alec Arsht. The attempts from Canale and Arsht were the only two shots on goal for the visiting squad on the day.

ÒWe checked out for about 90 seconds and they capitalized,Ó said CSUEB Head Coach Andy Cumbo. ÒA lot of credit should go to UCSD today. However, I was happy with the chances we created but overall our performance seemed flat.Ó

Nate Durio missed wide on a loose ball scramble in front of the UC San Diego (8-1-1, 6-1-1 CCAA) goal late in the first half. Rey Suarez and Duke Driggs each had second half attempts that went off the woodwork. Rica Guerra provided the lone shot on goal for Cal State East Bay in the game. It was the rebound off the save that Driggs nearly put in from long range.

UC San Diego goalkeeper Josh Cohen made the save on GuerraÕs attempt to pick up his sixth straight solo shutout in a row. The Tritons have not allowed a goal in over 583 minutes of action and counting. Cohen leads the California Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAA) in goals against average (0.29) and save percentage (.897).

This was the third National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) top-20 ranked squad the Pioneers have faced this season. Cal State East Bay finishes its five-match homestand at a .500 clip going 2-2-1.

Hernandez overtime heroics net Pioneer women victory
October 6
CSUEB 2, U.C. San Diego 1

Danielle Cummings scored the equalizer late in regulation, and Andrea Hernandez provided the golden goal less than two minutes into overtime as Cal State East Bay rallied for a 2-1 league victory over UC San Diego. East Bay freshman Andrea Hernandez scored her first collegiate goal following a long run down the right side of the field. She fired into the upper corner of the Tritons net from just inside the 18-yard box for the game-winning score.

Setting up the opportunity was a late goal in regulation. Cummings received a cross near the penalty area from teammate Ariana Gordon. Cummings used her head to redirect the pass beyond the outstretched hands of UCSD goalkeeper Kelcie Brodsky. Cummings made the most of her 14 minutes of action on Sunday putting two shots on target including the score that forced extra time. It was her first goal of the season and second of her Pioneer career.

Cal State East Bay (3-7-0, 3-5-0 CCAA) trailed for nearly 70 minutes after UC San Diego (3-4-3, 2-3-3 CCAA) junior Izzy Pozurama opened the scoring in the 16th minute. The Tritons continued to force the action earning nine corner kicks and fired off 12 shots in total. ÒWe absorbed a lot of pressure for a long time. I am proud of our defensive effort. We kept playing hard after conceding the early goal,Ó said East Bay Head Coach Amy Gerace. ÒOffensively we had opportunities today and it was great for us to capitalize on them.Ó

Both teams took 12 shots but the Tritons earned nine corner kicks to only two for the Pioneers. UC San Diego did not place a shot on target over the final 49-plus minutes of action. Cal State East Bay managed to place two on target during that time with going for goals. The overtime victory snaps a six-game losing streak to UC San Diego. The win also vaults the Pioneers up to fourth place in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) North Division, and one point outside the top half of the standings.

Donna Williams made three saves to earn her third victory of the season. She has 53 saves on the year placing her tied for second in the CCAA with UCSDÕs Brodsky and Allison Land of San Francisco State.

CSU East Bay finishes its five-match home stand 2-3-0 and will begin a four-match road trip.

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