CSUB looks to bounce back after slow start


Briana Gutierrez


In the first year under head coach Sebastian Vecchio, the CSU Bakersfield women’s soccer season has begun slow, but the team is encouraged to turn the season around.

With the slow start, coach Vecchio is taking it game by game and not rushing to think about Western Athletic Conference play.

“We go one game at a time. For us it’s the next game, were not thinking about WAC right now,” said Vecchio.

The Road Runners started the season with an intense game against Eastern Washington University. Regulation ended with the score tied at 0-0.

The Eagles scored in the 95 minute of the game and held on to win, 1-0 over the Roadrunners.

The second game of the season against Gonzaga University was cancelled due to air quality which was caused by wildfire around  the area.

In the game against UC Riverside, the Roadrunners once again fell in a tightly contested game. CSUB fell 0-1 after a goal in the 31 minute of the game by the Highlanders.

Six different Roadrunners recorded a shot during the game.

Against Loyola Chicago University, redshirt junior Aryana Harvey scored the first goal for CSUB this season with seconds left in the game. The Roadrunners fell 3-1 at the end of regulation.

It was the best game we played so far this season,” said Vecchio to gorunners.com. “But we have to stop beating ourselves.”

CSUB didn’t let its first three games keep them behind as they looked to get a win in its fourth game against Southern Utah University.

The Roadrunners dominated throughout the game against the thunderbirds. CSUB outshot Southern Utah, 15-8.

In the 84 minute redshirt senior forward Aminah Settles scored her first goal of the season. The goal was assisted by sophomore forward Ezter Toth, who has assisted in both goals this season.

With the season continuing, the girls are adamant in turning the season around.

“What needs to improve is everything clicking and everyone being on the same page” said junior defender Sophie Freeman. “We’re taking these next few games and letting them build our confidence.”

CSUB will have its next three games at home. Saint Mary’s College Sep. 14 at 7 p.m., CSU Northridge Sep. 16 at 6 p.m., and Pacific University Sep. 21 at 7 p.m at the Main soccer field.