Three Stanislaus athletes named to Academic All-District team
Three Stanislaus State women's soccer student-athletes were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team as the College Sports Information Directors of America published the list for all divisions on Thursday.
Seniors Chelsea Lewandowski and Sabrina Williamson and sophomore Jade Poon are among the 11 selected for Division II's District 8 (West).
Lewandowski is currently enrolled in the credential program and posted a 3.61 grade point average with a bachelor's degree in psychology. The starting goalkeeper is the Warriors' career leader in goals against average and saves percentage and has recorded 25.5 shutouts in her career. In 2015, she's posted 6.5 shutouts with a 0.89 goals-against-average and a .797 saves percentage.
Williamson is earning this honor for the second straight year as the defender posted a 3.79 GPA as a biology major. As a defender, Williamson has helped the Stanislaus defense to seven shutouts in 2015. She also has four assists this season, running her career total to 18 for fifth on the Stan State top-10 list. Williamson is also closing her career as one of the top players in the program with 38 career points.
Poon, the 2014 CCAA Freshman of the Year, had a 3.71 GPA as a chemistry major. The forward followed her super-freshman year when she scored 14 goals with a six-goal, four-assist year in 2015. Poon is second best on the team in scoring with 16 points.
Chico State also had three students on the All-District team with no other CCAA institution represented.
All three Warriors will now be on the ballot for the Academic All-American award, to be announced at the conclusion of the soccer season.
The CoSIDA Academic All-American award program is conducted by the Sports Information Directors of member institutions. Student-Athletes must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average, compete at the insitution for at least one year, and participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games to qualify for this award.
Warriors fall to Golden Eagles in OT
In another match between Stanislaus State and Cal State L.A. late in the season, it was the Golden Eagles trotting away from Warrior Stadium with a 2-1 overtime victory Thursday night.
Herbert Biste scored twice for Cal State L.A., including the sudden-victory winner four minutes into the first extra period, to lift the visiting team as the Golden Eagles improved to 10-3-2 overall and 7-3-1 in conference play. The 7-3-1 mark is the same as the Warriors' record as the two teams are now tied for third in the standings. With one regular season match left to play, the jockeying for seed position for the coming CCAA Championships continues.
The Warriors, which face first-place and unbeaten Cal State Dominguez Hills on Saturday, could still move up to second place with a win and losses by Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State L.A. That would mean a first-round bye to start the postseason tournament on Tuesday. Otherwise, the Warriors will host a "play-in" match as the No. 3 or No. 4 seed.
Stanislaus State (13-3-1 overall), ranked No. 4 in this week's NCAA West Region poll, scored the equalizer in the 31st minute with two nice headers. Gerardo Cazares sent in a long service to the far side for a Jose Ramirez header which bounced off the cross bar. Josue Barajas was there for the rebound with another header for the goal to make it 1-1.
Biste's first goal happened at 12:49 as he beat Stanislaus goalie Russ Klabough when he came out to challenge the shooter. For the game-winner at 94:03, Biste chest-pump-in the score after a beautifully placed long ball from Kaan Gultorak to the penalty kick dot.
Klabough had perhaps his best game of the season in terms of great saves. He recorded a season-high with eight saves and most of them done with arobatic moves or grabs out of the air from hard shots. He also had a kick-save from a point-blank range attempt that kept the match even.
Today's regular season finale against fifth-ranked Cal State Dominguez Hills is at 7 p.m. The Toros remain undefeated during CCAA play at 9-0-2 after Thursday's 1-0 win at Cal State East Bay. It will be senior night for Stanislaus with nine Warriors being recognized. This senior class includes Brady Taylor, Ramiro Ceja, Daniel Kuczynski, Barajas, Cazares, Ramirez, Christian Madrigal, Klabough and Alex Valdovinos.
Stanislaus women fall short to L.A.
The Warriors are down, but not out.
Despite losing to Cal State L.A., 1-0, Thursday night — and seeing its lineup trimmed by another starter due to injury — the Stanislaus State women's soccer team are still in the hunt for a CCAA tournament berth.
With Humboldt State's loss Thursday at Cal Poly Pomona, the Warriors can still pick up the sixth spot in the conference tournament with a win on Saturday, coupled with another HSU loss.
Stan State, now 9-5-3, 4-4-3 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, are in seventh place with 15 points. Humboldt State, in sixth with 17 points at 5-4-2, is at Cal State San Bernardino on Saturday at 2 p.m. So, by the time the Warriors take on the field on Senior Night, they will know what's at stake.
"I'm proud of our effort tonight. The result didn't go our way but we gave a great effort for 90 minutes," head coach Gabriel Bolton said.
Thursday night, the Warriors certainly had their chances to capitalize before extending their scoring draught. On a 2-v-1 chance, Kirsten Coleman's hard shot was right at L.A. goalkeeper Adriana Maldonado. Late in the second half, the best scoring chance of the night belonged to Mikayla Clifford, whose 22-yard blast sailed over Maldonado but hit the cross bar. Coleman was there for a rebound try but the Golden Eagles recovered to prevent a shot.
"We created lots of chances just couldn't finish them. The game is cruel that way sometimes," said Bolton.
The Warriors still out-shot Cal State L.A., 14-7, for the match. Maldonado had three saves for the Golden Eagles. Cal State L.A. improved to 7-6-3, 7-3-1 CCAA and into a three-way tie for second place in the standings. Tatiana Zuvic scored the goal for LA in the 63rd minute after Stan State goalkeeper Chelsea Lewandowski punched away a cross from Veronika Steen.
The match was dedicated to freshman midfielder Ashlynn Jones' mother, Teri, who passed away on Sunday from breast cancer. "Ashlynn was incredible. The fact that she even played given what she has gone through the last week speaks volumes about her courage as a person."
Since beating UC Santa Cruz, 6-0, on Oct. 17, Stanislaus has gone scoreless in the last three matches and 290 minutes.
Today's home finale against Cal State Dominguez Hills is at 4:30 p.m. The Toros (4-12-1, 2-8-1 CCAA) beat Cal State East Bay, 1-0, Thursday in Hayward.