Blanking its opponents for the third straight match, the Stan State women's soccer team claimed the Warrior Challenge tournament title with a commanding 4-0 win over Southern Oregon Sunday night at Warrior Stadium.
The defense not only limited the other sides' chances, members of the unit scored too, as Maryssa McDuffy and Kinsey Pettigrew both netted goals in the victory as the Warriors improved to 5-0-0 on the season. Kirsten Coleman and Gabriela Vargas also scored for Stanislaus State.
Since McDuffy returned from to the pitch from an ankle injury, the Warriors have not allowed a score with three consecutive shutouts while out-scoring teams 7-0. Add that to the match against Colorado Mesa on Sept. 3, Stanislaus has not yield a goal in 336 minutes.
It was McDuffy who got Stanislaus on the board early, at 3:42, on Sunday night when she followed a direct kick from Gabby Squarcia that went off the cross bar.
"I was always taught to follow the shots, so I did that and was able to put it in. I had to help Gabby with something with that nice shot," McDuffy said.
In the 32nd minute, Kirsten Coleman made it 2-0 with a penalty kick try after Bella Rivera was knocked down in the box.
The scoring continued in the second half as another backline Warrior scored her first collegiate goal. After a scramble in front of the net, Pettigrew got the loose ball and sent it in for the goal in the 50th minute.
"Southern Oregon is an excellent squad so we had to take advantage of our opportunities," head coach Gabriel Bolton said about the Raiders, coached by former Warriors Jenni Roseberg and Lauren Thornton.
Finally, in the 79th minute, a Rivera corner kick from the near side was touched by Mayah Chambers to Vargas, who scored on a close-range goal for the final count.
The Warriors will carry the momentum into the conference season as the CCAA schedule begins in Southern California on Friday. Stanislaus State opens league play at Cal State Dominguez Hills.
"We tried some new things today in preparation for conference play and it threw us off our rhythm a bit," Bolton said. "The players were thinking a bit too much rather than just playing so our possession wasn't as crisp as we wanted."
Warrior men earn another draw at Golden Gate Classic
The Stanislaus State men's soccer team took it to Holy Names on Saturday at the Golden Gate Classic at Cox Stadium, but the Warriors weren't able to capitalize on scoring chances as they played Holy Names to a 1-1 draw.
Ryan Chaney scored the goal for the Warriors as Stan State moves to 0-1-3 for the season.
The Warriors had also tied Academy of Art, 2-2, Thursday night at San Francisco State.
Chaney netted the goal in the 17th minute who collected a cross from Jose Acosta to make it 1-0. Stanislaus State kept shooting and out-shot Holy Names 10-3 in the opening half.
The total shot-tally was 24-12 in favor of Stan State.
Holy Names (0-3-1) got its equalizer in the 62nd minute on a Bryan Bravo goal.
The Warriors open California Collegiate Athletic Association play this weekend on the road at Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State L.A.
After the tournament, Desmond Madrigal, Matthew Waldron and Manny Villegas were named to the All-Tournament team.
Warriors volleyball comes up short in final day of Showcase
Despite strong efforts, the Stanislaus State volleyball team fell to Western Oregon in the first of two matches at Ed & Bertha Fitzpatrick Arena on the final day of the D2 West Region Showcase, 25-22, 25-23, 22-25, 25-17. The Warriors second match provided the same unlucky outcome as they fell to a strong Concordia Irvine team in straight sets.
Against Western Oregon, after losing two consecutive sets, the Warriors (3-5 on the season) came back and defeated the Wolves (3-4) to gain momentum into the fourth set. Unfortunately their offense couldn't hold up against the Wolves aggressive defense to take it to five sets.
Stan State was led by Maddi Seidl who ran the Warriors back row with 19 digs. She also put up 45 assists with two blocks, and three kills.
For the third day in a row, Blair Ehrlich increased her season high in kills to 21, as well as adding to Seidl's defensive efforts with 13 digs. Taylor Massengale had 13 kills and two blocks, and Victoria Larsen smashed nine kills of her own.
The Wolves were led by Paige Orth and Alisha Bettinson who each had 13 kills. Libero Christie Colasurdo led WOU's tremendous defensive effort with 29 digs. As a team, Western Oregon had 95 digs to the Warriors' 76. WOU also had 13 total blocks.
Against the Eagles in the final match of the tournament, the Warriors played well but dropped a 25-18, 25-20, 25-20 decision. Ehrlich led the Warriors aggressive offense with 11 kills. She was followed by Massengale who had six kills, and Daryan Heathcott with five kills and five blocks.
Libero Hailey Gruetzmacher had 13 digs followed by Seidl with 10 digs and 25 assists.
Concordia, however, proved to be too strong as the Eagles remain undefeated at 8-0. The Eagles were led by Rachel Flynn and Hannah Andrews each had 13 kills while right-side hitter Ellie Ladensack had 10. As a team the Eagles held up the net with a whopping 15 blocks.
Collectively, the Eagles hit .281 as a team again the Warriors.
For the three-day tournament, Ehrlich was the offensive leader as she led the entire field with 67 kills, 5.15 kills per set, 74 points and 5.69 points per set.
In other matches, Concordia Irvine took Alaska in four sets, 25-17, 25-11, 23-25, 25-11. Shortly after, Chico State defeated Hawaii Pacific in a nail biting five settle battle, 27-25, 23-25, 23-25, 25-20, 15-10.
The Warriors wrapped up a strong preseason schedule and now prepares for the CCAA opener on Friday when they host Cal State Monterey Bay for a 7 p.m. match at Fitzpatrick Arena.