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Lumberjacks fall, once again, to Warrior men
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The Cal State Stanislaus men’s soccer team continued its winning streak against the Lumberjacks of Humboldt State as the Warriors beat HSU for the seventh consecutive time with a 2-0 win Sunday afternoon at Warrior Stadium.
With the victory, the Warriors keep pace with the Chico State Wildcats in the CCAA North, upping their record to 4-1-1 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. Stanislaus is 5-1-2 overall.
Chico State beat Sonoma State, 2-0, to improve to 5-1 in the CCAA, just ahead of the Warriors in the standings. Humboldt State falls to 1-5-2, 1-4-1 in conference play.
On a hot Sunday afternoon, the Warriors were out-played in the first half but managed to get into intermission with the match scoreless. Humboldt was in the attacking zone and out-shot the Warriors 7-3 in the first half.
The Warriors, however, wasted little time to take control offensively in the second half. A little over two minutes into the second half, Andres Zamora scored his team-leading fourth goal of the year. At 47:11, Zamora sent a Nolan Holdridge throw-in to the near post for the 1-0 lead.
"It took us until the second half to really get things going," Warriors coach Dana Taylor said. "We didn't get many offensive possessions in the first half. We expended a lot of energy Friday night (against Sonoma State), but the guys battled hard and locked the game down."
Cal State Stanislaus turned the match into a game of two-halves and was on the offensive attack in the final 45 minutes. The Warriors out-shot the ‘Jacks 7-2 and had five corner kicks to none in the second half.
In the 83rd minute, Victor Regalado was taken down by Humboldt State's Michael Powell at the top of the box to earn a penalty kick opportunity. The senior forward converted on the play, going top-shelf, for his third goal of the year and a 2-0 CSUS lead.
"The seniors really picked up their game in the second half and brought the pace and quality of the game to the next level," Taylor said.
Stanislaus' 4-1-1 conference record bettered last year's 3-2 start. The 2009 Warriors were 6-2 overall after eight matches. The Warriors also continue to play well at home as they are now 12-2-2 at Warrior Stadium.
The homestand continues for the Warriors as they host Southern California powers Cal State L.A. and Cal State Dominguez Hills at 4:30 p.m. Friday and 11:30 a.m. Sunday.