Warriors’ Five-Game Road Trip
Friday: at Cal State L.A.
Sunday: at Cal State Dominguez Hills in Carson
Sept. 23: at Cal State East Bay in Hayward
Sept. 25: at Cal State Monterey Bay in Seaside
Sept. 30: at Chico State
All-American forward Karenee Demery scored the game-winner with 49 seconds left in regulation to give the Cal State Stanislaus women’s soccer team a 2-1 win over Chico State on Sunday at Warrior Stadium.
In the California Collegiate Athletic Association contest, Demery took a Vanessa Cervantes pass up the middle before dribbling and dodging a couple of defenders and kicking it past the diving Chico State goalkeeper, Brianna Furner.
The game-winner gives the Warriors, who topped Humboldt State 3-1 in the conference opener two days earlier, a 2-0 CCAA record and a 3-0-1 overall mark. Chico State fell to 1-2-1 overall and 1-1 in the conference.
“I’m very proud of our team,” said Warriors coach Gabriel Bolton, whose team is the CCAA coaches’ pick to capture the North Division. “We played like Warriors today. For 90 minutes, we battled physically while still playing positive soccer.”
Chico State’s Carly Singer converted on a penalty kick in the 65th minute to tie the score at 1-1.
The Stanislaus defenders managed to lock down and deny a strong offensive attack by the Wildcats, especially in the second half.
“Defensively, we played fantastic,” Bolton said. “Our center defenders (Vanessa Cervantes) and (Sierra Casas) were absolutely brilliant today. They communicated and organized the back line very well. Emily Relles and Bernie Bettencourt also played very well defensively.”
After a scoreless first half, the Warriors came out of the locker room with a quick strike to start the second half. Allison Case scored just 25 seconds in. After receiving a cross from Alexia Poon, Demery touched the ball to Case, who did the rest.
After Chico State’s PK, a tighter battle ensued with both teams creating chances to no avail … until the Warriors’ run in the final minute.
“Our forwards are capable of striking at any time,” Bolton said. “It doesn't take much because they have so much speed and talent. Karenee absolutely beat two defenders and then beat the goalie. It was a big time goal.”
Demery, who set a school record with 19 goals and 44 points last season and won numerous postseason awards, has two goals this season give her a 21-goal career total. The sophomore is only seven goals away from tying the school record.
Starting with Cal State L.A. on Friday night, the Warriors will embark on a five-game road trip with visits to Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State East Bay, Cal State Monterey Bay and Chico State to wrap up September. The Warriors won’t play at home until Oct. 2, when they host Sonoma State.