CSUB shutout on senior day against Utah Valley

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CSUB shutout on senior day against Utah Valley

Victor Rodriguez

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The CSU Bakersfield women’s soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision on senior day to Utah Valley University on Sunday, Oct. 22 at the Main Soccer Field.

The game remained scoreless until the 81st minute when UVU scored the lone goal of the game on a penalty kick from sophomore midfielder Breanna DeWaal.

“Soccer is a game of penalty boxes,” said CSUB head coach Gary Curneen. “Who does the damage in one and who maybe makes a mistake in another and that’s what it came down to today. I think we all believe that we can go and do some damage, but we’re working very hard to switch the momentum from south to north.”

The first 45 minutes were even, but made for an exciting game of soccer as both teams looked to get on the board and take the lead.

The Roadrunners had seven shots with four of them being on goal over the Wolverines five shots with three on goal.

At the 15:36 minute mark, redshirt-junior forward Aminah Settles spinned around a defender and a took a shot from inside the right side of the box, but UVU sophomore goalkeeper Brooklyn Nielsen got a touch on the ball and the ball hit the crossbar.

Just about a minute later sophomore midfielder Sophie Freeman headed the ball towards goal, but a UVU defender was there to clear the ball just over the goal line.

The second half was more inclined towards UVU as they looked for the winning goal more than CSUB. They added seven shots with three of them going at goal over CSUB’s three shots with two on goal.

The Roadrunners had a couple of free kicks during the last minutes of the game but no clear chances to equalize the game.

“We’re just taking everything positive with us; our work ethic, our play, as soon as we put the ball on the ground we switched the fields and broke their defense down,” said senior defender Maja Green. “We just got to bring that with us to GCU and keep working hard so our win will come.”

The Roadrunners will wrap up the regular season be on the road against Grand Canyon University on Friday, Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. Both teams are currently tied for the sixth in the WAC. The winner would clinch the final spot in the WAC Tournament.

The WAC Tournament is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, Nov. 1 in Phoenix, Arizona.